Auckland Art Fair 2018

Travel to the dynamic Auckland Art Fair, exhibiting works from across New Zealand and the broader Pacific Rim, wander through the sculptures of Gibbs Farm and visit the captivating Colin McCahon House Museum in Titirangi.

Spend time at a VIP preview of the 2018 Auckland Art Fair, and explore works of painting, photography, printmaking, video and sculpture from contemporary New Zealand artists, as well as artists from Australia, South East Asia, and across the Pacific. Visit the McCahon House Museum, where the natural beauty of Titirangi was the inspiration for the artist’s distinctive Modernist landscape and nature paintings, before an opera or symphonic performance in the evening.

Travel to Gibbs Farm, a sculpture park where large-scale works by the likes of Anish Kapoor, Richard Serra and Andy Goldsworthy are set against the background of the vast Kaipara Harbour, and explore the treasures of the Auckland Art Gallery.


This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.

Depart Australia in the morning on suggested Qantas/Emirates flights to Auckland, arriving in the afternoon. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.

Make your way to the hotel and check in before an exclusive, invitation-only dinner in the evening with the directors, patrons and gallerists of the Auckland Art Fair, in the company of Ron and fellow travellers.


In the morning, enjoy a special VIP preview of the Auckland Art Fair. Now in its 11th iteration, the fair was first established in 2005 and in the ensuing years has become a showcase for the breadth of New Zealand contemporary art, examining the cultural interrelationship between New Zealand and the wider Pacific region, encompassing Australia, the Pacific Islands, South East Asia and the west coast of the Americas. Art exhibited at the fair includes paintings, sculpture, print, photography and video.

After free time for lunch at the fair, return to the hotel in the afternoon. In the evening, there is the opportunity to visit the fair again for all the glamour and buzz of the official opening night (no extra cost applies).


Enjoy breakfast with a local artist at the Silos, an entertainment quarter located on the waterfront with views across to Westhaven Marina and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Travel to the McCahon House Museum in Titirangi, south west of Auckland. The landscape of Titirangi, where the lush forests of the Waitakere Ranges descend to meet the broad blue of Manukau Harbour, was the inspiration for Colin McCahon’s distinctive New Zealand Modernism. The house was McCahon’s residence and studio from 1953 to 1960, and it displays a rich collection of artefacts and memorabilia related to this important period in the artist’s life. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then explore the Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, whose award-winning architecture houses an ever-changing array of contemporary New Zealand art.

On your return to Auckland visit the Trish Clark Gallery, with the opportunity to view works by local artist Stephen Bambury. Continue to the Auckland Art Gallery for an exclusive VIP director/curator-led guided tour. Established in 1888, the gallery is the nation’s largest art institution, and its collection includes a wealth of New Zealand and Pacific artwork, paintings by the Old Masters, Baroque and Classical prints, Mediæval art and 20th century bronzes. A particular highlight is an engaging collection of oil paintings of 19th century Māori chieftains, politicians and community leaders by Gottfried Lindauer.


In the morning, travel to Gibbs Farm, a magnificent open-air sculpture park overlooking the vast Kaipara Harbour on the west coast of the Northland Peninsula. The 400-hectare sculpture park was established by New Zealand businessman Alan Gibbs in 1991 and contains large-scale works of contemporary sculpture by the likes of Anish Kapoor, Richard Serra, Andy Goldsworthy, Sol LeWitt, Chris Booth and Kenneth Snelson. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Gibbs Farm and free time to explore before returning to Auckland in the afternoon.

This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner with Ron and fellow travellers.


Check out from the hotel in the morning and then enjoy an exclusive tour of the Gow Langsford Gallery before opening hours. Next, transfer to the art precinct of Karangahape Road and Great North Road for a self-guided walk, where a selection of galleries will have directors available to welcome guests and artists talks.

At noon, transfer to Auckland airport for suggested Qantas/Emirates flights to Australia departing from 15:00 onwards. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.


Per person, twin-share

AUD 3,750

Single Supplement*

AUD 650

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 500

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Final payment due

23 March 2018

Tour code


Fitness level

Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.


Australian passport holders do not require a visa for New Zealand.

Tour price includes

  • Accommodation in a centrally located 4 star superior hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wines with dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable air-conditioned coaches
  • Hotel/airport transfer on departure
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • International airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfer on arrival
  • Airport porterage
  • Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
  • Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel
Auckland – Cordis Hotel (formerly known as The Langham Hotel) *****

NB: A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.