Take a road trip and explore the creative arts of the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula. Visit artists, enjoy art workshops, marvel at Street Art and more throughout the year!

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Mercury Bay Art Escape artists are centred around the beautiful coastal area of Mercury Bay on the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, encompassing the areas of Hikuai, Tairua, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cooks Beach, Whenuakite, Coroglen, Whitianga, Kuaotunu, Rings Beach and Opito Bay.

We encourage you to contact our artists at ANY TIME DURING THE YEAR and arrange a time to visit their studios.

Go to the Artists page and view all our artists and art groups who are listed by location, name or art medium.

Open Studios 2021 - 6th & 7th and 13th & 14th March

First Two Weekends of March

The open studios provide a wonderful opportunity to see the artists in their studios, to see their work in progress, find what inspires them and what new art they are working on.  It also gives you the chance to buy original work from some of the best artists in Mercury Bay direct from their studios.

We had over 40 artists on the trail in 2020 with 2 art groups and 6 new members bringing a rich and eclectic mix of the arts including potters, sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, flax weavers, woodworkers, mosaic artists, jewellers, a glass artist and a furniture maker.

Our Open Studio guide for 2020 contains location and contact details of all our exhibiting artists.   In conjunction with our website, will make it easier to find the artists that you want to visit.   If you are in the area please do contact them

A new guide for the 2021 Art Escape will be published later in the year.

When our vibrant arts scene is combined with world renowned tourist attractions, spectacular beaches and scenery, we have a winning formula for locals and visitors alike. Stop at one of our supporting café, galleries or vineyards between your studio visits and rest at comfortable accommodation to recharge your art appreciation batteries.

Tuia - Encounters 250 Street Art

​Whitianga Central Business District

To contribute to the national Tuia - Encounters 250 commemoration Mercury Bay Art Escape held a  community street art festival in central Whitianga in 2019. Enjoy and experience the newly completed murals in the central business area.

The theme of each mural depicts either navigation or relate to the First Encounters coming together of Maori and European in Te Whanganui a Hei (Mercury Bay). Click herefor the full list of artists and further information. Download the Street Art Map and Guide giving details of the Street Artists and locations:

The Mercury Bay Art Escape ART GUIDE 2020

is your tool for planning your art tour.

The guide features artists' details and artworks, easy to read maps, plus listings for the  2020 Art Escape

A new guide for the 2021 Art Escape will be published later in the year.