Music, arts and culture lovers, we've rounded up some of the best local arts and culture experts to show you the favourite hidden gems of their cities. From grungy live music venues to public art interactions, check out what they love about Aotearoa New Zealand. And discover what’s your Never Have I Ever…
What's your Art & Culture Never Have I Ever?
Tour Guide I Āmiki Tours
Never let your inner child out on the slides, swings and trampolines of the Margaret Mahy playground? Firefighter and tour guide Riwai Grace likes to combine this evening event with a treat from Christchurch’s iconic Rollickin’ Gelato.
Discover Riwai’s Christchurch.
Never joined the wild fun at CubaDupa? Festival director Gerry Paul has been part of Cuba Street culture since he was an eight-year-old busker. After playing 500 festivals around the world, he reckons there’s nothing quite like CubaDupa.
Discover Gerry’s Wellington.
Never delved into the fringe music scene at Pyramid Club? This is one of the live music venues that Wellington-based musician Estère frequents. Her live venue list covers everything from jazz, soul and RnB to local rock.
Discover Estère’s Wellington.
Never hit the boutiques of fashion-forward Dunedin? Company of Strangers creative director Sara Munro says to get to know Dunedin, you need to see how Dunedin dresses and explore the natural beauty and underground culture.
Discover Sara’s Dunedin.
Samuel Flynn Scott
Never zorbed into the bins at Slowboat Records? Samuel Flynn Scott of the Phoenix Foundation describes this as “meditation for music nerds”. Samuel also writes about food and is obsessed with anything delicious.
Never met a friendly eel? Musician Nadia Reid finds inspiration and exercise soaking up nature at Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Nadia’s Dunedin is full of nature - and great food and coffee.
Discover Nadia’s Dunedin.
Miriama Grace Smith
Never seen artist Xoë Hall’s huge depiction of David Bowie in the carpark near Fortune Favours brewery? Xoë’s friend, artist Miriama Grace Smith, thinks this beer and street art combo is a perfect Wellington experience.
Multimedia performance artist
Never thought of a carved waka as an ancestor you should visit regularly to pay respects? New Zealand-born Samoan artist Leafa Wilson does. She’s the visual arts curator at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga and she’s got a unique insight into its collections and to her city.
Discover Leafa's Hamilton.
Artist & designer
Never had a good look around the explosion of incredible street art in Christchurch? Artist and designer Kophie Hulsbosch recommends the Watch This Space guided tour. Her Ōtautahi is rich with urban art, conscious fashion and vegan food.
Discover Kophie’s Christchurch.
Never hunted out the three sculptures around Potter’s Park? Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris likes to eat dumplings in this park and make up stories about how the three artworks relate. Toby loves Auckland’s mix of cultures.
Janine and Charles Williams
Urban Street Artists
Never experienced the sights, sounds and smells of the multicultural Papatoetoe Night Markets? Street artists Janine & Charles Williams are South Auckland locals. Janine’s insider tip is the $45 gel nails.
Discover Janine & Charles Auckland.