Art and Architecture Tours 

In 2019 we have something very special lined up for you. We’ve put together two ‘Art and Architecture’ tours which both run on Saturday May 11 – you’ll travel by bus to meet artists and owners of esoteric homes and art collections on either the Kaipara Coast from Helensville to Warkworth, or the east coast from Pakiri to Mangawhai. Morning teas and lunches will be included, and your day will end mingling with new friends over a glass of bubbly. Now to choose - which tour?

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316. west coast tour – kaipara/warkworth area $160
saturday May 11, 10am-4pm **just a couple left!

A real variety tour! The bus will leave Warkworth at 10am. First stop is the beautiful Mataia Homestead on the Kaipara harbour which was built in 1891 and has been home to five generations of the Gardner family. We’ll have morning tea, hear about a kiwi conservation project and have a look around beautiful gardens. Next we head to Helensville where you’ll have the chance to either visit the studio of Myra Lloyd, a truly talented milliner, or Ray Scott, whose turned-wood projects have been quietly winning awards for years. A country lunch follows, featuring local lamb, and replete, we’ll travel to sculptor Jeff Thomson’s quirky home and studio. Finally, a visit to Janette Cervin’s Warkworth home where you’ll see her studio and have a wander round her glorious villa and gardens before sharing the day’s experiences over a glass of bubbly.


317. east coast tour – matakana and mangawhai $190
saturday May 11, 9am-4pm *waitlist only!

The second trip departs the Vivian at 9am. We’ll head straight to Mangawhai to a fascinating home and garden with a significant art collection where we’ll have morning tea. Next stop is a quirky ex-schoolhouse with a truly eclectic mix of art with some big surprises and charming extras. After this we’re off to The Butterfly House, a fibrolite bach above the estuary at Mangawhai. It’s like a museum but it isn’t – it’s a lived-in and much-loved home which celebrates the hand-made, home-made, folk and manufactured history of New Zealand interiors from the 1950s to the 1970s. While marvelling at this incredible collection, we’ll partake of aperitifs. Next stop is a seafood lunch on Pakiri Beach, after which we’ll take in another esoteric home. Then it’s back to the Vivian Gallery to debrief over a glass of bubbly.