Art Travel: Small Group Art & Cultural Tours 0800 323 333 [email protected]

 New Plymouth and Whanganui ‘Open Studios’

Wednesday 17 March – Monday 22 March 2021


In March 2021 we will spend 5 nights travelling from Auckland via New Plymouth to Whanganui. In New Plymouth we will visit the Brett Graham exhibition at the Govett-Brewster Gallery, a local garden, meet an artist, enjoy some great food, before arriving for a weekend of art and culture in Whanganui. Here we spend the weekend discovering the regions 89 “Open Studios”. Visiting artists and studios, engaging with painters, makers, glass artists and sculptors. Always a fun and engaging weekend.

My enjoyment was mostly due entirely, to you Glen.  You were highly organised/informative and knowledgeable/ considerate and accommodating.  In summary, I consider you to be “As good as it gets! I found the entire journey full of unexpected treats and surprises – such as the Tawhiti Museum.  In every instance, your arrangements and timing were perfect to the minute! 

Susan, Auckland


 Suggested Itinerary

Day 1. Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Depart Auckland by bus, or opt to fly down, to New Plymouth.

Overnight New Plymouth

Day 2. Thursday, 18 March 2021

Spend the day discovering New Plymouth’s cultural offerings today. Visit the Len Lye Centre, Govett Brewster Gallery, one of the famous local gardens, and local galleries.

Overnight New Plymouth

Day 3.  Friday, 19 March 2021

We head to Whanganui today via Opunake, Hawera and Waverley. Enjoy a stop at the famous Tawhiti Museum and Waverley before arriving in Whanganui.

Overnight Whanganui – Aotea Motor Lodge

Day 4 & 5   Saturday and Sunday, 20 & 21 March 2021

We spend two full days in and around Whanganui visiting Open Studios, catching up with friends and catching the updated collection at the Quartz Museum and enjoy a farewell group meal. Meet artists, and discover Whanganui’s art glass community.

Overnight Whanganui – Aotea Motor Lodge

Day 6.  Monday, 22 March 2021

We drop you at the airport this morning for the flight back to Auckland. 

Need to know

Budget $1899.00 per person share twin / Single Supplement $450.00

(We offer a $50 discount to past tour guests and Auckland Art Gallery Members)

This includes:

2 nights in New Plymouth
3 nights in Whanganui

Your 12 – 17 seater deluxe minibus for the duration (For 12 or 13 guests we will upgrade the bus to a 17 seat + driver).

Your tour guide and driver

All gallery, museum and private visits included in the itinerary

Not Included:

Meals not included in the itinerary
Flights  to and from New Plymouth/Whanganui

Minimum numbers of 8 people Maximum 13

Prices subject to change

 A deposit of $500 will hold your place on this tour. Full payment will be 30 January 2021.

 *Itinerary and prices subject to change. Terms and conditions apply to refunds, payments and cancellations. Please ask us for detail.

Minimum numbers and terms and conditions apply.



Whanganui Open Studio

Quartz Museum

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Phone 0800 323 333

Email: [email protected]

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“We have the privilege of regularly welcoming artists to our district and collaboration across industries, art forms and genres shapes our distinct character.”

Emma Bugden
Whanganui & Partners, Strategic Lead – Creative Industries & Arts