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Monza Gallery

Golden Bay

Arts & crafts

The MONZA or ‘More Outstanding New Zealand Art’ gallery encapsulates this unique, creative corner of New Zealand with a spectrum of fine works by artists, jewellers, potters, weavers and sculptors. Perfect to get a one-stop taste of Golden Bay’s quirky art scene and find that ‘little bit different’ something to take home.

Monza Gallery
  • Prices: Art prices range from $15 - $6,000.
  • Contact: 25 Commercial Street, Takaka, Golden Bay
  • Tel: 03-525-8510
  • Email: phillyhall@xtra.co.nz
  • Web: www.monza.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Höglund Art Glass Studio and Gallery

Richmond

Arts & crafts

There is something truly mesmerizing about watching a glassblower at work. I was hooked. Years of delicatley honed skills go into producing stunning works of handblown art glass and jewellery. Learn about the history of glass and the tricks of the trade in the Glass Museum or simply stroll around the gardens and admire the finished objects in the gallery and shop (entry free), with their striking colours and bold designs.

  • Prices: Closed Good Friday, Boxing Day and Christmas Day. Glass gallery: admission free. Glass centre: $15 (children under 14 years free with paying adult). Purchases are packed and shipped worldwide.
  • Contact: Lansdowne Road, Richmond, Nelson
  • Tel: 03-544-6500
  • Fax: 03-544-9935
  • Email: artglass@hoglund.co.nz
  • Web: www.nelson.hoglund.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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The Nelson Provincial Museum

Nelson

Museums

New Zealand’s oldest museum, founded in 1841, is home to over 1.4 million local treasures. It is a complete pleasure to breeze around the immaculate displays, soaking up the ambience of past days and marvelling at the collections and local art. The museum started with a request for a number of books “of useful character” to be shipped from British shores. It's now an astoundingly diverse portrayal of Nelson and Tasman history, grown from those early boat-bound days, the heritage of a proud community. This is a great place to get an insight into local history and identity.

The Nelson Provincial Museum
  • Prices: Free to residents and children and by $5 donation for other visitors.
  • Contact: Cnr of Hardy and Trafalgar St, Nelson
  • Tel: 03-548-9588
  • Fax: 03-548-9589
  • Email: enquiries@museumnp.org.nz
  • Web: www.nelsonmuseum.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum

Nelson

Museums

Extravagant outfits, bizarre bras and mint-condition classic cars... the usual combo. The World of WearableArt and Classic Car Museum is a little like a firework display in its tendency to wrench unplanned exclamations from your lips. This is an exhibition where art is taken off the wall to adorn the body. It began as a modest promotion for a rural Nelson art gallery and has since become a high-water mark looked up to by artists throughout New Zealand. The Classic Car Gallery adds an extra dimension to the museum with 50 classic and modern vehicles flaunting their own glinting bodywork. See Wellington section for details on the annual World of Wearable Art Annual Awards Show (WOW).

  • Prices: $18 adult. Family and senior concessions available. Open 10:00 - 17:00 daily.
  • Contact: 95 Quarantine Road, Annesbrook, Nelson
  • Tel: 03-547-4573
  • Fax: 03-547-0856
  • Email: info@wowcars.co.nz
  • Web: www.wowcars.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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