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Art walk unites sculpture and nature on Waiheke Island

Walking under the art
Walking under the art
Photo by Thomas A. Wohlmut

“Headland Sculpture on the Gulf is New Zealand’s leading contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition set on a spectacular coastal walkway on Waiheke Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf,” says its website. Held for only three weeks from late January into February in odd-numbered years, this unique art show is just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. The one-and-a-half mile walk along coastal bluffs incorporates modern sculpture into a stunning outdoor setting.

Walking through the art at Headland Sculpture on the Gulf on New Zealand's Waiheke Island
Photo by Thomas A. Wohlmut

A free interactive biennial event

The 30-35 large-scale sculptures mesh with the environment in a way that provides a novel context for the art. In fact, participants may be walking through or on top of or even find themselves wearing the art. The overall effect is quite inspiring. Every few yards something new and unexpected appears in a landscape backdrop of hills, sea and distant views of downtown Auckland that changes throughout the walk.

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf has been voted number 35 on The New York Times list of the top things to do in the world.

Relax before or after the walk at the Pavilion

Just a stone's throw from where the ferry disembarks is the Pavilion, the place to enjoy more art, food, wine, and music and to catch the shuttle bus to the trailhead. The path ends back at the Pavilion. They even dispense free sunscreen.

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf:
Phone: +64 9 372 9894
Website: Headland Sculpture on the Gulf
Opens in late January for three weeks in odd-numbered years
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