About

Whangārei Art Museum – Te Manawa Toi is Northland’s premier public art gallery, and the custodian of Whangārei city’s outstanding art collection.

We host touring and internally curated exhibitions, and showcase artistic excellence in creative art practice throughout Northland, New Zealand and beyond.

The Whangārei Art Museum Trust, which governs the art museum, also oversees the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Māori Art Gallery. This landmark project, currently under construction in central Whangārei, is the realisation of a community vision more than 25 years in the making.

  • The Hundertwasser Art Centre will be the only permanent display of renowned artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s work outside Austria, and is endorsed by the Hundertwasser Foundation in Vienna. Hundertwasser designed this remarkable building with curved lines and an afforested roof, to reflect his affinity with nature and his adopted homeland of New Zealand.
  • The Wairau Māori Art Gallery, housed within the Hundertwasser Art Centre, will be New Zealand’s first dedicated gallery of nationally and internationally recognised contemporary Māori art. We’re privileged to partner with the Wairau Māori Art Gallery board on this project.

These three facilities will combine to create an art precinct that operates at an international standard, and that Northlanders can be proud to call their own. We want to transform and enrich people’s lives through the experience of art and nature. So come visit us and see what’s taking shape.