March 04 2022 - March 27 2022

Overview

Matiatia Coastal Walkway will once again be transformed into an artscape like no other for Sculpture on the Gulf 2022. Sculpture on the Gulf might only be 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland, but it aims to take us much further – into the hearts and minds of our most outstanding artists.

Gather your people and get ready to walk, play, connect, reflect. Enjoy! PLUS... this 2022 event has an expanded event footprint, which will include artworks in the Oneroa Artworks precinct, a small works sculpture exhibition and more…

‘Savour the zest of the moment when sculpture jumps into nature’s lap.’ (The New Yorker) 

What to expect

Various walkways and stairs connect the 2km coastal walk. The walk takes 1.5 to 2.5 hours to enjoy; meander along, take in the magnificent views and, of course, the stars of the show: the sculptures!

The track is a coastal walkway and is unsealed and relatively narrow, with steps in some places. It is easy to overestimate fitness levels, mainly if you are not used to walking hills. Waiheke is hilly and very steep in some areas. There is minimal wheelchair and pram access along the entire length of the sculpture walk. Seating and shade along the walkway are also minimal.

Best times to visit

The walkway is significantly busier and more crowded on Saturdays and Sundays than it is during the week. If you want to miss the crowds we recommend visiting mid-week.

The art starts on board with Fullers360

Make sure you pack your headphones and look out for the QR code on select ferries or your e-ticket to stream Sculpture on the Gulf artist Melissa Laing’s audio installation on board.

An audio accompaniment to enjoy on the ferry with a companion sculpture to be found on the headland.
In this two-part artwork, Melissa Laing reinscribes the ordinary act of transit across the Waitematā harbour as one of wayfinding through a landscape of ideas and experiences.

Click here to play 'A platform from which to look at the sea'.

Sculpture shuttle buses

Catch the sculpture shuttle bus to the start of the walkway from the information tent located at Matiatia, a short walk from the ferry terminal. Once you’ve completed the sculpture walk, shuttle buses collect visitors from the end of the walkway and return to Matiatia via the Waiheke Community Art Gallery / Oneroa.

Buy tickets

Ferry, Sculpture Bus & entry: Adult $62 | Child $21
Sculpture entry only: Adult $15 (Children 15 and under are free of charge). Purchases can be made on the day at the event or online. 
Sculpture bus ticket: $5pp (Children 15 and under are free of charge)
Event times: 
Monday – Thursday 10am – 4pm
Friday – Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 9am – 4pm 

As per Government mandates, all event attendees will be asked to show a current NZ My Vaccine Pass in their name before being allowed to enter the Sculpture on the Gulf 2022 site. Children aged under 12 years do not need to provide a My Vaccine Pass to enter.

To buy your ferry, shuttle bus, and event entry tickets, please click below.

Sculpture on the Gulf

  • Includes Return Ferry, Sculpture Bus and Entry. As per Government mandates, all event attendees will be asked to show a current NZ My Vaccine Pass in their name before being allowed to enter the Sculpture on the Gulf 2022 site. Children aged under 12 years do not need to provide a My Vaccine Pass to enter.
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  • Sculpture on the Gulf $15 Entry Only. As per Government mandates, all event attendees will be asked to show a current NZ My Vaccine Pass in their name before being allowed to enter the Sculpture on the Gulf 2022 site. Children aged under 12 years do not need to provide a My Vaccine Pass to enter.
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2019 Event Artists

Chris Bailey Te Werowero – The Ongoing Challenge, 2018/19

Shannon Novak - Extended Play, 2019

Virginia King Hinaki, 2019

Anton Forde - Pen to Peace to Peaceful Pen, 2019

Jae Kang - INOUTIN, 2019

Kazu Nakagawa and Pacific Environments Architects - Kæ ́muə Kæ ́muri, 2019

Leon van den Eijkel - Round and Round, 2019

Phil Price - Liberace, 2019

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