Beware, you could quite easily lose half a day at ‘Art at Wharepuke’. There’s so much to do and see within this 2 hectare subtropical garden. It is full of art, food and accommodation. Wharepuke (House on the Hill) has been in the Booth family since 1938. The Wharepuke Subtropical Garden was established by Robin Booth in 1993 as a nursery and has since grown to an established “Garden of Significance” NZGT boasting many rare plants unique to New Zealand. Owners Mark Graver and Tania Booth have installed a Sculpture trail with 45 works selected from artists from around NZ and from Northern Ireland, England and Italy. Proposals and submissions of works can be made at any time and works are changed on a rolling basis.
The gallery was opened in 2009 and has been exhibiting both New Zealand and international printmakers ever since. The couple also run the Wharepuke Print Studio which offer printmaking courses and workshops in non-toxic acrylic resist etching techniques using copper and aluminium. Also onsite Mark and Tania offer an artist residency and four studio apartments available to the public. Finally to top off the whole space is an award winning restaurant, Food at Wharepuke.
Open daily 10am-5pm