Exploring the Local Art and Culture Scene in Mount Maunganui

Exploring the Local Art and Culture Scene in Mt Maunganui

Discover the local art and culture scene during a fun-filled day out, from street art and galleries to heritage sites and Maori cultural storytelling experiences.

Start in the historic village, where you’ll discover creatives, artisans, and galleries. Next stop: The Incubator studio where up-and-coming artists get the chance to show their work at one of the area’s premier studios.

The Historic Village

Mount Maunganui, affectionately referred to by locals as ‘The Mount’ is an idyllic beachside town on a peninsula at the southern end of Tauranga Harbor that serves as a popular summer holiday destination.

City Beach boasts a warm climate, protected inner harbour, and long white sand beach – not to mention being an increasingly popular golfing destination with accommodation options to meet every budget.

The Bay of Plenty region boasts an array of crops, such as kiwifruit and avocados, with tours available to visit the many thriving farms located within its boundaries.

One of the best Sunday morning activities is strolling around Tauranga’s Historic Village. With its picturesque streets and charming buildings, walking the Historic Village allows one to immerse themselves in Tauranga’s heritage and heritage.

Discover a wide array of art galleries, shops and community organizations within this selection of gorgeous character buildings. Take advantage of classes and workshops available!

The Incubator

Mount Maunganui or “The Mount,” as locals affectionately refer to it, is an idyllic Kiwi holiday destination that boasts breathtaking beaches, boutique shopping and chill-out eateries. Additionally, this vibrant city provides visitors with access to art and cultural experiences from street art through galleries to heritage sites and Maori cultural storytelling experiences.

The Incubator in Historic Village serves as a thriving art hub. Here you’ll find large couches and colorful crochet blankets to welcome guests while discovering art displayed around its walls.

The Incubator recently unveiled its latest whakairo hub to support local carvers while giving the public access to witness and interact with this art form. This space forms a part of their Matariki exhibitions and will showcase Whare Thompson’s artwork as one example of local whakairo artistry.

The Tauranga Art Gallery

Tauranga Art Gallery provides an excellent way to explore local arts and culture. Offering regular exhibitions and events – as well as art workshops for children – the gallery provides an incredible resource.

In addition to featuring contemporary Pacific art, the gallery specializes in Maori culture and heritage. Over time it has become a tourist favorite and its exhibitions are beautifully curated.

As a key educational facility, the Art Centre aligns its exhibitions and events to the national curriculum. There is a high frequency of school visits; additionally there is also an art club held on Sunday afternoons during term time for children aged up to 11.

The Gallery also hosts an exciting school holiday program where participants of all ages are welcome to participate in art-related activities and workshops. For more information about upcoming exhibitions or activities at the Gallery, visit their website.

The City Art Walk

Tauranga and Mount Maunganui boasts an exceptional art scene that you can easily explore using the City Art Walk mobile app, featuring street artists, public art locations, sculpture sites, pottery sites, Maori art, galleries, studios and studios.

The City Art Walk is an amazing way to explore your city’s creative side and gain some insights into some of its top artists. This self-guided tour allows you to save locations on your phone so you can visit them when and where it suits you best.

Tauranga and Mount Maunganui boasts not only beautiful artworks, but also many cultural activities and festivals throughout the year. Today marks one such event; today will see the annual Dexion 23km Surf Lifesaving Endurance Race “The Mount Monster.”

Jacob Yikes of Christchurch is widely known for his striking murals featuring surreal compositions, eccentric figures, and mysterious symbolism. Recently he created one specifically dedicated to New Zealand Rugby League World Cup coach David Kidwell.