The best of Auckland galleries  

New Zealand's biggest city is a terrific place to see famous, innovative and exciting art from the past and present. Whether you want to see sculpture, traditional carving or modern pieces, you will find what you are after in Auckland's galleries. This guide will tell you everything about our favourite ones.
Auckland Museum
Housed in one of the country's most beautiful historical buildings, the Auckland Museum is a great place to find out more about the rich history of New Zealand. With traditional art from the Pacific people and carvings, canoes and other Maori artefacts, you can truly feel the history of the country open up to you inside its atmospheric walls. If you wanted to find out how New Zealand became the multicultural land it is today, this is a very good starting point.
The Connells Bay Sculpture Park
The Connells Bay Sculpture Park is a great place to see works from some of the country's most famous sculptors, including Graham Bennett, Virginia King and Phil Price. The collection is growing all the time but, last we checked, it housed 25 pieces in every material you could name. Wear comfy shoes if you are heading there for the day. A two hour guided tour will lead you through thick bush and farmland.
The Upstairs Art Gallery
One of the city's best loved exhibition spaces, the Upstairs Gallery is a great place to find challenging work from up and coming artists and exhibitions of community art. It's free to enter and open every day, making it a cheap and interesting way to while away an hour or two.
The West Coast Gallery
Located on Seaview Road, Piha, this is one of the most exciting hubs for Auckland art. Here you can find work of all kinds of disciplines, from photography to ceramics to jewellery to books. It is well worth checking the local listings to see what's on at the West Coast Gallery – there's a great calendar of superb exhibitions and events held regularly.
Peter Raos Gallery
Peter Raos is one of Auckland's best loved artists. A glass artist, he is famous for creating elegant creations inspired by nature and plant life. Here at his gallery, you can enjoy some of his best work and speak to the man himself.