Art Travel is for people who enjoy engaging with art, love to travel with like minded people, and are looking for insight and education along the way.
You might refer to yourself as a life long learner.
We have established a niche within our market and have guests coming back to travel with us time and again. We think this is because we offer a great mix of art and travel, culture and the engagement with people who make the experience come alive. It is also because of our tour leaders, guides and travel managers who are passionate about what they do.
Art Travel is about the value we can add to any destination through engagement with artists, dealers, curators and collectors. While the art and the destination are key, value we believe comes down to people sharing their lives, art and stories with us.

Claire Chamberlain

Claire Chamberlain

Tour Guide

Claire Chamberlain (MA Art History with Hons, PGDipEd) currently teaches as part of the Art Today programme at Te Tuhi, one of New Zealand’s foremost contemporary art spaces. Prior to this, she was a secondary teacher of art history for over 20 years.
Claire is the co-head of New Zealand at Venice Biennale Patrons, a patron herself since 2017 and was an invigilator for Lisa Reihana’s Emissaries at the 57th Venice Biennale. A keen supporter of Aotearoa arts and artists, Claire is passionate about communicating her love of art and art history in an accessible and enjoyable way.


Glen Armstong

Glen Armstong

Founder, The Art Tour Guide

Art Travel is the culmination of several years spent thinking of a way to combine two passions.
Glen Armstrong has long been interested in Art and Art History and holds a BA in Art History from Auckland. You might find Glen driving the bus around Auckland and New Zealand, or your tour manager if you are overseas with us.

Glen recently handed over the reins of the travel agency he set up and has run since 2004, and now works on Art Travel full time as a Travel Broker with Travel Advocates Ltd, part of the House of Travel Group.


Without our guides there would be no tour…

We are ever thankful for their knowledge and passion around art

Sue Gardiner

Sue Gardiner

co-Director of the Chartwell Collection of New Zealand and Australian Contemporary Art

Sue Gardiner is the co-Director of the Chartwell Collection of New Zealand and Australian Contemporary Art, held on long term loan at the Auckland Art Gallery. Her trans-Tasman art interests extend back to her MA thesis on trans-tasman art exchange, researched at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and the University of Auckland.

She has written a monthly NZ art news column for over ten years for Art Monthly Australia magazine published by ANU, Canberra, and also writes for Australian Art Collector magazine, Art News New Zealand and other Australasian publications.
She manages the Study Abroad art lecture series in Australia and New Zealand for Layola University, Los Angeles, California.

Sue is renowned for the Auckland based art tours for the University of Auckland Centre for Continuing Education.


Glen and Art Travel offer the following services;

The Art Tour Guide

I offer service as a private tour guide for anywhere from an hour to a week around Auckland and New Zealand, whether it is art related or not. Glen holds the required licenses and wide ranging knowledge to be able to make any time in New Zealand a rewarding experience, art based or not.

Art Finding

I am happy to help you start on your art adventure with visits and introductions to help you get a basic understanding of the New Zealand art scene. While I don’t consider myself an art consultant, I have travelled widely around New Zealand and have visited many artists and dealer galleries and museums.

Tour Planning and logistics

If you just need some travel logistics put together for your own tour, I am happy to help. Charges by the hour.

For all tour and service enquiries please contact:

Glen Armstrong

Art Travel
Auckland, New Zealand
Phone: +64 21 509093
Email: [email protected]

Art Travel is in association with Travel Advocates Ltd, 51 Shortland St, Auckland.
We are proud to be part of the House of Travel group and TAANZ bonded through this association.

House of Travel was founded in 1987 and is an IATA registered and TAANZ Bonded Company.

Art Travel is a division of North and East Ltd