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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.