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Arts & Culture

Māori creative arts like weaving and carving continue to evolve through fresh inspiration and new materials.

Wood carvings were used to decorate houses, fence poles, containers. The most popular type of stone used in carving is the pounamu (greenstone), a form of jade, but other kinds of stone and bones  are also popular elements of createting jewellery.

The Maori symbols form such a substantial part of the national Maori identity and culture. Some of the most well known symbols or designs are the tiki, twist and koru but there are lots more.

Since the Maori had such a vivid spiritual and metaphysical culture they all have meaning of their symbolism. The Maori connectedness with nature, astronomy, and spirituality makes these expressions even in modern day very appealing.

Many art galleries throughout the country sell work by Māori artists. For a look at historic Maori art pieces, visit museums.

Maori Cultural Performance is a journey to look into our country’s history from the past to the present day in a fun and informative experience. 

However you choose to experience our arts and culture, you’re sure to be intrigued and inspired. You may even find a special taonga (treasure) to take home.

Auckland Museum
Parnell Auckland, Auckland
Canterbury Museum
Rolleston Ave, Christchurch Central, Christchurch
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
30 the Octagon, Dunedin
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
42 Queen St, New Plymouth
Mainland Air Services
Dunedin International Airport, Dunedin
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
55 Cable St, Wellington
Otago Museum
419 Great King Street, Dunedin
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
31 Queens Garden, Dunedin
Whanganui Regional Museum
Queens Park Memorial Watt St, Wanganui
Te Wharewaka o Poneke Waka Tours
2 Taranaki Street, Wellington
Catlins Info Centre & Owaka Museum
10 Campbell Street, Owaka
Christchurch Art Gallery
Montreal Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch
Hocken Gallery
90 Anzac Ave, Dunedin
Ko Tane Maori Cultural Performance
60 Hussey Road, Harewood, Christchurch
New Zealand Cricket Museum
Museum Stand, Basin Reserve , Wellington
Royal Wanganui Opera House
69 St Hill St, Wanganui
The Reed Gallery
230 Moray Place, Dunedin
Weta Cave
Cnr Camperdown Rd & Weka St, Miramar , Wellington
Akaroa Museum
71 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre
327 West Street, Ashburton
Ferrymead Heritage Park
50 Ferrymead Park Dr, Heathcote, Christchurch
Fortune Theatre
231 Stuart Street, Dunedin
Gallery de Novo
101 Stuart Street, Dunedin
Maori Tours Kaikoura
10 Churchill St , Kaikoura
Milford Galleries Dunedin
18 Dowling Street, Dunedin
Mint Gallery
32 Moray Place, Dunedin
National Army Museum
Corner State Highway 1 and Hassett Drive, Waiouru
National War Memorial
Taranaki St, Wellington
Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
cnr Taranaki & Ghuznee Streets , Wellington
Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum
1146 Main Road Okains Bay, Okains Bay
PS Waimarie
1A Taupo Quay, Wanganui
Regent Theatre
17 The Octagon, Dunedin
Stash Palace - Fabric Art
12 Lochiel Drive, Hanmer Springs
The de Beer Gallery
65 Albany Street, Dunedin
The Fletcher House
430 Portobello Road, Borad Bay, Dunedin
Waikawa Museum and Information Centre
604 Niagara Waikawa Highway, RD 1, Tokanui
Air Force Museum of New Zealand
45 Harvard Ave, Wigram Airport, Wigram, Christchurch
Circa Theatre
1 Taranaki St , Wellington
Dunedin Prison
2 Castle St, Dunedin
Embassy Theatre
10 Kent Tce , Wellington
Freedom Tours New Zealand
C/o 498 Princes Street, Dunedin Central, Dundein
International Antarctic Centre
38 Orchard Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch
Little River Gallery
Main Road, Little River
Majuba Gallery
5 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs
NZ Alpine & Agriculture Encounter
160 Main St, Methven
Olveston Historic Home
42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin
Quadrant Gallery
480 Moray Place, Dunedin
St James Theatre
77 Courtenay Pl , Wellington
St Paul's Cathedral
The Octagon, Dunedin
Tairawhiti Museum
10 Stout Street, Gisbourne
The First Church of Otago
415 Moray Place, Dunedin
The Giants House - Sculpture Mosaic Garden
68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa
Westpac Mayfair Theatre
100 King Edward Street, Dunedin
Andris Apse Gallery
Franz Josef Highway 6, Whataroa
Ashburton Aviation Museum
370 Seafield Road, Ashburton
Blue Oyster Gallery
16 Dowling Street, Dunedin
Blue Penguin Pukekura Tours
1260 Harington Point Road , Dunedin
Cardboard Cathedral
234 Hereford St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch
Church of the Good Shepherd
Pioneer Dr, Lake Tekapo
Fyffe House - New Zealand Historic Places Trust
62 Avoca Street, Kaikoura
Hassle-Free Tours Discover Christchurch
Marshland, Christchurch
Heritage Bus Tours
Titans Crane Yard and Old Samson’s Truck Yard 53 Main South Road, Dunedin
Myths & Legends Eco Tours
316 Waikawa Road, Waikawa
Adult prices from: $275
Rotorua, Taupo & Waimoto Caves Adventure - Auckland Adventures
Rotorua Geysirs, Rotorua
Sculpture Garden
RD 2, Marahau
Small-Group Seal Colony and Wellington City Tour
Wellington Port, Wellington
Te Rewa Rewa Bridge
Fitzroy, New Plymouth, New Plymouth
Adult prices from: $5
Thames Historical Museum
503 Cochrane Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Vendi's test operator
19 Killarney street, Kaikoura
Adult prices from: $25 (Online)
Whoa! Studios
8-14 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson, Auckland
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
60 Hussey Road, Northwood, Christchurch
Akaroa Fox II.
Daly's Wharf, Akaroa
Explore Canterbury
3 College Road, Lyttelton
Hanmer Springs i-Site Visitor Centre
40 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs
Hassle-free Tours
296 Prestons Rd, Christchurch
Luxury Rail Trail Tours
1 Aberafon Street, Middlemarch
Adult prices from: $10 (May - September)
Rapaura Watergardens
586 Tapu-Coroglen Road, RD5, Thames
Southland Museum and Art Gallery
108 Gala Street, Invercargill
St James Anglican Church
State Highway 6, Franz Josef Glacier
Adult prices from: $20 (Mini Dig - 10 minutes)
Transport World - Automotive Museum & Dig This Invercargill
491 Tay Street, Hawthorndale , Invercargill
Tui Brewery Tours
SH2, Mangatainoka , Palmerston North
Wind Wand
33/53 St Aubyn St, New Plymouth
Adult prices from: $0
Bottom Bus Tours
2 Buller Street, Dunedin
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Rolleston Ave, Christchurch City Centre, Christchurch
Quake City
299 Durham street North, corner Armagh Street, Christchurch
Otago Farmer's Market
Moray Place, Dunedin
Earth and Sky
Tekapo-Twizel Rd, Main Street, Lake Tekapo
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