An arty day out in Ōtaki
Not only is Ōtaki a hub for ceramics, it is also renowned for some of the best indigenous art in the lower North Island
MUST SEE ARTISTS
Toi Matarau Gallery
Māoriland Hub, 68 Main Street, Ōtaki
Toi Matarau is a Māori art gallery located within the Māoriland Hub in Ōtaki Aotearoa. At Toi Matarau the artist is part of a Māori collective encompassing disciplines both traditional and contemporary. It is a space where the art of tamariki is proudly displayed alongside some of the most venerated Māori artists.
Jennifer Turnbull: Jailhouse Studio and Garden
3 Iti Street, Ōtaki
Drawing inspiration from New Zealand’s landscape, her beautiful garden, and from the history of pottery making, Jennifer creates unique ceramics both decorative and for everyday use in the home. Jennifer has spent more than 30 years as a ceramic artist and teacher, and has exhibited all around New Zealand winning several national and regional awards for her work.
Tote Modern Gallery
Ōtaki Racecourse, 47 Te Roto Road, Ōtaki
Based in the old racing club tote building the Tote Modern Gallery is the home of the Ōtaki Pottery Club. The club, formed in 1989, is a place where people learn and create pottery pieces. The folks behind the name are driven to inspire everyone who visits - whether that’s for a class or to view the completed works in the gallery.
REFUEL: PLACES TO EAT
30 Main Street, Otaki
Located in the heart of historic Ōtaki village, the Ōtaki Kitchen is a wonderfully cosy boutique cafe/restaurant serving a delicious range of a la carte and counter food.
Situated in the Family Hotel building, which was completed in 1881, the interior is a modern nod to bygone times while the simple yet clever combinations of flavours and textures makes dining here a delight. Courtyard dining next to the recently re-furbished Civic Theatre provides a fabulous way to watch the world pass by.
Open for dine-in Under Alert Level 2 rules - please call to book. Also still offering contactless takeaways for dinner. See Facebook for the latest info.
Ruth Pretty's Garden Room
41 School Road, Te Horo
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.00am to 4.00pm, Ruth Pretty's Garden Room is locally famous for their coffee and cake deal! Set in a stunning glass-covered outdoor area it is the perfect place to unwind.
Open for coffee and cake Under Alert Level 2 rules.
REFRESH: PLACES TO STAY
With 10 generously sized and well-appointed rooms, including studio units, townhouse-type units, and four large two-bedroom apartments, Littel Ōtaki is everything a traveler could want in a motel. The style is evident, from the colourful etchings on the roadside wall contrasting with the concrete, to the classy furniture in the rooms.
Booking prior to arrival is essential as check-ins at Littel Ōtaki are automated.
Kāpiti Glamping - Te Hapua Wetlands
Kāpiti Glamping's Te Hapua Wetlands tent, which sleeps up to five, is the ideal family or group accommodation in a very special setting. The tent sits next to a wetland lake - one of New Zealand's most rare and precious ecosystems and recognised locally as an area of special significance.
Decked out with a luxurious 4-poster queen bed, a bunk room containing 3 single beds, and lots of comfortable seating - everything has been thought of for comfortable glamping. A spacious verandah to the front of the tent is a great gathering space for socialising and watching the wetland wildlife in comfort.
In the evening kick back, relax, and jump in the hot tub (big enough for the whole family) for some soaking and star-gazing.
If you like the look of this, have a look at Kāpiti Glamping's Te Hapua Coastal site!
Local Secret: Accommodation
Like many places Kāpiti has a selection of accommodation options including hotels, motels and campgrounds.
What many people don't know is that unlike many places Kāpiti has a huge number of reasonably priced, high quality peer-to-peer accommodation - with 500+ properties listed at any one time!
From beach baches to horse BnBs, glamping to 5-star luxury lodges you won't be disappointed with the range of accommodation options in Kāpiti.
We are delighted to confirm that the 2021 Kāpiti Arts Trail will go ahead under COVID Alert Levels 1 and 2. All venues will be operating under the Government's COVID guidelines for the Alert Level in place at the time of the event. See www.covid19.govt.nz for latest information.
Please ensure that you sign in at every venue you visit using either the contact tracing app or sign-in forms and follow the venue-specific directions including mask-wearing and venue capacity.
The Arts Trail will definitely feel a little different this year, as we follow the requirements for operating under COVID Level 1 or 2. If you find you have a little wait at a venue, why not nip to the next venue on your list, or pop into one of our many lovely cafes for a quick snack? You can also arrange to visit artists during the week between Arts Trail weekends, or after the Arts Trail.
If an artist is unexpectedly unavailable they won't put out their Arts Trail flag - if there is no flag, please don't go in.