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
AWARD-WINNING LOCAL ARTISTS
Toi Matarau Gallery at Māoriland Hub
Māoriland Hub, 68 Main Street, Ōtaki
Toi Matarau Gallery contains spectacular examples of indigenous art across a multitude of forms. Welcoming to all, the gallery is based in one of the oldest buildings Ōtaki which has recently been lovingly refurbished
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. With ever-changing displays and exhibitions, Toi Matarau is a must-visit for all.
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.
There are many more artists in this area - see who they are, and where they are based in the 2021/22 Kāpiti Arts Guide.
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.