The Coastal Arts Trail is a vibrant celebration of the Western North Island’s creative pulse, connecting Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatū, offering more than 60 galleries, museums and open studios.
Curating your ultimate arts trail experience and bespoke itinerary is a breeze with our interactive trail map, which gives you the flexibility to develop an itinerary that will suit your journey duration and fill your creative cup.
Whether you're seeking a leisurely day trip, a weekend escape or a longer break away, it’s easy to create the perfect route to follow.
Stop at all, or stop at some - the beauty of the Coastal Arts Trail is it’s free of charge and open to all visitors, all year round – just be sure to check the opening hours of galleries and artist studios before you visit.
Stay up-to-date with our events calendar, offering a treasure chest of exhibitions and events. Join a local artist workshop; it’s a chance to tap into your own creativity and leave with a piece of art to remember your experience.
Keep in mind, you might be required to register for events and workshops in advance through galleries and artist studios to ensure you don't miss an opportunity.
From fine arts and contemporary crafts, to vibrant street art murals and seafront sculptures, the Coastal Arts Trail is an art lovers’ paradise, where you can immerse yourself in a creative, colourful world nestled amongst magical natural scenery and local hospitality.
Several world-renown art institutions take pride on the trail; the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui and Te Manawa Gallery in Palmerston North. However, the real magic lies in the hidden gems scattered throughout the trail regions, where welcoming artist communities take inspiration from the visual features of their natural surroundings.
While art is the focal point of the trail, the natural beauty of these regions is equally mesmerising. Wander amongst striking landscapes and endless coastal views.
Walk amongst eclectic public art adorning the streets, as well as art-inspired landmarks. And when it’s time to refuel, there’s plenty of decadent dining options on offer – from farm-to-table eateries to artisanal cafés, there’s no shortage of delicious fare.