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Hundertwasser Art Centre Now Open in Whangarei

Now a fully community-led project, the completed Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery opened on 20 February 2022, located on the corner of Quayside and Riverside Drive, opposite Distinction Whangarei Hotel, right in the heart of Whangarei’s beautiful waterfront. Since early December 2021, visitors have been able to wander around the exterior and take in the beauty of this magnificent building.

The site was chosen by the Austrian born NZ artist and architect Friedrich Hundertwasser in 1993 after being invited by the Mayor of Whangarei to design an art centre for the city.  


The common themes in Hundertwasser’s work utilised bright colours, organic forms, a reconciliation of humans with nature and a strong individualism, rejecting straight lines.

The iconic centre is multi-faceted and multi-functional, featuring original Hundertwasser artworks provided from the collection in Vienna. It also boasts a wakahuia, a treasure box, of exemplary artworks from renowned contemporary Māori artists, in keeping with Hundertwasser’s wishes.

As the last authentic Hundertwasser building in the world, it provides a unique opportunity to transform Whangarei into an international tourist destination. The stunning landmark is set to become one of New Zealand’s most iconic buildings, attracting an estimated 450 000 visitors annually from throughout New Zealand and around the globe. 

For more information and for tickets please visit www.hundertwasserartcentre.co.nz

Book your stay now at Distinction Whangarei Hotel, located opposite the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery 
Hundertwasser Art Centre Now Open in Whangarei
Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference CentreHundertwasser Art Centre Now Open in Whangarei
Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference CentreHundertwasser Art Centre Now Open in Whangarei
Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre