Coastal Arts Trail

Explore the art galleries, museums, and open studios in Whanganui, Taranaki and Manawatū - a perfect activity for art lovers.

The Coastal Arts Trail follows a pulse of creativity running through Whanganui and its neighbouring regions, and gives you insight into the lives and inspirations of the artists and creatives living here.

The scenic journey will guide you not only to art galleries and museums, but also to off-the-beaten-track studios and creative rural communities.

Discover unique galleries, learn traditional skills at a wide range of workshops and experience the ahurea tuakiri (cultural identities) of these regions. Art is at the heart of Whanganui’s communities, elevating cultural expression and lending vibrancy to life in this City of Design.

The Coastal Arts Trail takes in a broad range of classical and Māori art. You can enjoy sculpture, postmodern and street art, and experience first-hand the works of internationally renowned local artists.

Browse the galleries to explore new places and immerse yourself in a creative, colourful world. Whether you have five days or just five hours, hit the road on an art-finding odyssey. From contemporary crafts in Whanganui, to seafront sculptures in Taranaki and fine arts in Manawatū, each region has so much to offer.

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