Explore the art galleries, museums, and open studios of Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatū through the Coastal Arts Trail – an easy, self-driving art-lovers’ tour between the regions.
See what the Coastal Arts Trail is all about
The Coastal Arts Trail follows a pulse of creativity running through these three regions, offering insight into the lives and inspirations of the artists and creatives that live there.
The scenic self-drive 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 our communities, elevating cultural expression and lending vibrancy to life along the mid-to-lower West Coast of the North Island.
The Coastal Arts Trail takes in a broad range of classical and Māori art. 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.
Taranaki has a lively, thriving arts community, showcased by the number of inclusions along the trail.
With the option to complete the entire trail across all three regions, or just sections of it, the calibre of Taranaki art galleries and open studios is bound to impress.
If it’s the Taranaki aspect of the trail you’re choosing to focus on, why not take your time and spend a day or two in our picturesque region. Take in the beauty of the scenery and attractions, the vibrancy of our local food, art, and culture scenes, and retail offerings.
Even better, why not arrange your visit during one of the many annual creative events and festivals that take place in Taranaki throughout the year – particularly WOMAD, the Taranaki Arts Trail, or the Taranaki Garden Festival.
Get involved! Start planning your trip today by visiting coastalartstrail.nz and curate the ultimate art journey of your choice.