Taranaki

Starting with the world famous Govett-Brewster and Len Lye Galleries, explore the vibrant arts scene that surrounds majestic Mt Taranaki.
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Whanganui

Whanganui has long been a haven for emerging artists and boasts several private galleries, incredible street art, plus the famous Sarjeant Gallery.
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Manawatū

Enjoy the delightful street art of Palmerston North and soak up the variety at Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and Heritage and surrounding galleries.
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Taranaki

Starting with the world famous Govett-Brewster and Len Lye Galleries, explore the vibrant arts scene that surrounds majestic Mt Taranaki.
See the galleries

Whanganui

Whanganui has long been a haven for emerging artists and boasts several private galleries, incredible street art, plus the famous Sarjeant Gallery.
See the galleries

Manawatū

Enjoy the delightful street art of Palmerston North and soak up the variety at Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and Heritage and surrounding galleries.
See the galleries

Welcome.

The Coastal Arts Trail is an easy self-drive itinerary of the art galleries, museums and open studios along the central North Island’s West Coast. It is a collection of must-see creative attractions for curious wanderers exploring New Zealand.

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.

Start planning your coastal art experience now.

Browse the map 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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