Guide to Wellington’s Hidden Art Galleries

Sign for Enjoy gallery.
The perfect accompaniment to any decent “you can’t beat Wellington on a good day” day, hit the cobbled streets and take a look around some of these incredible art spaces around the CBD

Cars Inc.

A black car in front of a large fluorescent 'Cars' sign.
Place Hutt Valley
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What started out as simply a young boy with a passion has turned into a lifelong project for car enthusiast Paul Boden, and the opening of Cars Inc.

Whirinaki Whare Taonga

The large imposing exterior of Whirinaki Whare Taonga in Upper Hutt.
Place Hutt Valley
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Whether it’s dinosaurs or the Mona Lisa, Whirinaki Whare Taonga is an arts centre that simply refuses to do boring.

Studio Toru

The little cottage exterior of Studio Toru.
Place Hutt Valley
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Established by jeweller Philothea Flynn, Studio Toru is housed in one of Eastbourne’s original settler cottages, originally built by and for an Italian fishing family.

The Dowse

The white exterior of The Dowse Museum in Lower Hutt.
Place Hutt Valley
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Renowned for its creative spirit, the Wellington region is home to an enviable array of world-class art galleries and museums.

Toi MAHARA

Weaved bags and mats on display inside a gallery.
Place Kāpiti Coast
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Toi MAHARA is the district public gallery for the Kāpiti Coast. It stands in pride of place in the heart of Waikanae in a purpose-built building designed by Athfield Architects.

Toi Matarau

A large gallery full of colourful works of art.
Place Kāpiti Coast
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Toi Matarau is a gallery within the Māoriland Hub in the heart of Ōtaki village.

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A spotlight shining on a wall of two small art works.
Place Wellington
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It’s no secret Wellington is the creative capital of New Zealand.

Light House Cinema Cuba

Seats and tables sitting underneath movie posters in the waiting room.
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Light House Cuba creates the ultimate film going experience and all you need to do is sit back and relax.

Enjoy Contemporary Art Space

Lucy Meyle, Soft Spot, 2020.
Place Wellington
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With a regularly rotating schedule of work on display in Enjoy's two separate exhibition spaces, you will always find something new and exciting to draw you in.

Old St Paul's

Place Wellington

While Old St Paul’s is no longer affiliated with the Anglican Church (or any church for that matter) it still makes a beautiful spot to come and reflect no matter if you’re atheist, agnostic or still deciding.

City Gallery

Exterior of Wellington City Gallery
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The hub for art-life in New Zealand’s capital, City Gallery Wellington is a contemporary art gallery with a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events.

Bats Theatre

The front of the building.
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Needing no introduction, BATS Theatre is one of Wellington’s cultural institutions.

Suite Art Gallery

Black and white framed works of art on a white wall.
Place Wellington
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Priced between two and six figures, Suite caters for would-be buyers at each end of the spectrum.

Te Papa

The interior of the museum.
Place Wellington
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Te Papa is one of New Zealand’s most prized museums.

Empire Cinema & Eatery

Black and white letter 3 on a white tiled wall.
Place Wellington
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Empire is fitting for a cinema that pre-dated ‘talkies’ when it played its first reel in 1925, but as far as movie theatres go, this one is more for those who’d pick pinot over popcorn.