Take a road trip where you can enjoy art to your heart’s content by exploring the creative nature of the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula
Visit artists, enjoy art workshops, marvel at Street Art and more throughout the year!
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.
Year round activities:
Visit Artists All Year Round
This popular self-guided tour of art studios continues throughout the year. Interested visitors can pick up a free Mercury Bay Art Escape Art Guide at local galleries and libraries or go to the artists page to arrange a unique art tour that highlights the creative talent in this spectacular area.
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 here for the full list of artists and further information. Download the Street Art Map and Guide giving details of the Street Artists and locations:
Mercury Bay Art Escape artists also offer art workshops in a variety of art mediums, photography, pottery, painting, sculpture, glass, wood carving and more. To find out more details click:
How to begin the FREE Mercury Bay Art Escape Open Studios and visit artists
Amongst our artists you will find a diverse range of media including potters, sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, flax weavers, woodworkers, mosaic artists, jewellers, a glass artist and a furniture maker. Three significant local art groups are also affiliated to the Art Escape and many of our artists members are represented by the local galleries.
When our vibrant arts scene is combined with world renowned tourist attractions, spectacular beaches and scenery, we have a winning enjoyment 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.
The Mercury Bay Art Escape ART GUIDE 2019
This FREE ART GUIDE
is your tool for contacting and visiting artists and galleries.
The guide features artists' details and artworks, easy to read maps, plus listings for many cafes, galleries, wineries, breweries, tours and accommodation options in the area. The Art Guide is available free at these stockists or download here or order one here.
Smartphone users: click on this link
or simply scan the QR code.
Mercury Bay Art Escape now on Google Maps!
We created a map with locations for all artists, galleries, accommodation, restaurants, cafes and shops participating in the Mercury Bay Art Escape to make it easier for you to find your way around. Click on the map to start exploring.