Coastal Arts Trail

This easy self-drive itinerary of the art galleries, museums, and open studios throughout the west coast of the central lower North Island is the perfect activity for art lovers.

The trail follows a pulse of creativity running through Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatū, offering insight into the lives and inspirations of artists and creatives. This scenic journey through the North Island takes visitors 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 Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatū. Art is at the heart of these region’s communities, elevating cultural expression and lending vibrancy to life.

The Coastal Arts Trail takes in a broad range of classical and Māori art. Visitors 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 seafront sculptures in Taranaki, and contemporary crafts in Whanganui to fine arts in Manawatū, each region has so much to offer.

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