Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

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New Zealand’s largest art institution is the best place to get acquainted with Auckland’s thriving arts scene, with works from local icons Rita Angus, Gordon Walters, Len Lye, Colin McCahon, Marti Friedlander and Francis Upritchard.

Wellesley Street East, Auckland

Len Lye Centre at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

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Visit this contemporary exhibition space to see 18,000 items by the late and great artist Len Lye, who specialised in large-scale kinetic sculptures.

42 Queen Street, New Plymouth

Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui

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More than 400 years of international art history are represented at this major gallery, which has 8500 works in its permanent collection.

38 Taupo Quay, Whanganui

Te Papa

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The national museum is a trove of traditional and contemporary Kiwi art, backed up with cutting-edge installations that engage multiple senses. An essential destination for both locals and travellers.

55 Cable Street, Te Aro

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

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Established in 1884, New Zealand’s first art gallery holds the country’s only Monet. But it’s unmissable for a few more reasons: a curation of Japanese prints, 20th Century Australian art and works by pioneering Dunedin artist, Frances Hodgkins.

30 The Octagon, Dunedin

City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi

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Located a short stroll from Wellington’s waterfront, the city’s largest public contemporary art gallery is dedicated to thought-provoking exhibitions from local and international artists.

101 Wakefield Street, Wellington Central