From one of the country’s largest murals down in Invercargill to the works of international artists in Northland’s Whangarei, I think it’s fair to say, New Zealand boasts impressive street art. We might not
Art is in Napier’s DNA. And how else can it be when we’re talking about the ‘ART Deco capital of the world’? No pun intended. On a serious note, there are so many murals in Napier already and we keep on discovering new and new paintings every time we visit this city.
There is strong gravitation towards marine topics in Napier’s wall art. In 2016-2017, local and international artists came to Napier to participate in
Most of the murals are located in CBD, in a fancy Ahuriri area or around Napier Port. All these three areas are pretty close to each other, though not walking distance close (well, it’s doable but not very enjoyable), so if you have a car, you’ll be able to explore Napier street art in a day. Just park your car in each area and walk around. I would recommend to plan Ahuriri for around the lunch time – their bars and restaurants on West Quay street have the best views and lovely food.
With famous street artists
It’s easy to spot large murals all around CBD – from the back wall of Tauranga Art Gallery to carpark at the corner of Spring and Durham streets. There are also a lot of amazing artworks at The Mount. Make sure you check out
Use this map to find 52 murals (I’m pretty sure you’ll spot way more while looking for these particular artworks, though). And since you now have great lunch recommendation for Napier, here is one for Tauranga as well – Brooklyn Patio Restaurant & Bar in CBD opens at 12 and serves the best pizza and linguini, it also has amazing views from the balcony of the upper floor and – conveniently – a mural right on its wall.
Since the earthquake in 2011, this vibrant city on the South Island of New Zealand is using street art to brighten up the walls of the buildings, damaged by the disaster, or to fit in the new flash buildings into the city landscape. Murals are everywhere you look in Christchurch! And they are so diverse and deeply meaningful, you literally can’t peel your eyes off. From fiction characters to rugby heroes, from abstract
There is an amazing interactive map of local murals, that also explains which ones are easy to see and which ones are currently partly hiding behind the obstacles.
Alex is in Christchurch at the moment – follow his adventures on Instagram @alexspodyneiko – and when he gets back, I’ll ask him to write detailed street art guide for Christchurch.
Do you agree that these are the best cities to enjoy street art in New Zealand? Or did I miss some cool places? Follow me on Instagram – @thestylejungle – and let me know!
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