Queenstown's Best Art Galleries

Artbay Gallery Queenstown | © denisbin/Flickr
Artbay Gallery Queenstown | © denisbin/Flickr
Photo of Thalita Alves
22 May 2017

Queenstown might be better known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, but art lovers are well and truly accounted for. With a focus on Kiwi creativity, the town’s best galleries have become quite popular among visitors who want to splurge on a special souvenir for themselves. But even if you don’t have the cash to spend on a masterpiece, make sure to keep an eye out for these local gems.

Milford Galleries

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Ceramics Clay
Ceramics Clay | © LubosHouska/Pixabay
Milford Galleries is the place to browse contemporary New Zealand artworks of all kinds, including paintings, glass works, ceramics, sculptures and mixed media creations. The gallery consists of two exhibition spaces: the one upstairs is reserved for their ever-changing displays, while the downstairs area is home to a private store room with numerous masterpieces.

Kapa Design Gallery

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Maori Art Seller in Queenstown
Maori Art Seller in Queenstown | © denisbin/Flickr
Part gift shop, part art gallery, the Kapa Design Gallery hosts a number of New Zealand and international artworks, handcrafted jewellery, photography and unique cultural relics. Their primary goal is to support the finest local talent, from artists to designers, as well as showcasing the works of up-and-coming brands from all over the world. The Kapa Design Gallery is conveniently located inside Queenstown Airport, making it one of the main go-tos for memorabilia with an artistic flair.

Ivan Clarke Gallery

Ivan Clarke is a renowned New Zealand artist who specialises in landscape paintings. He showcases some of his best work at his own private gallery, where visitors can get a glimpse of 30 years’ worth of the country’s unspoiled and highly dramatic scenery. His most recent creative pursuit is the Lonely Dog series — a lighthearted variation on the exquisite backdrops Ivan Clarke is most famous for.

Ivan Clarke Gallery, 35 Camp St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand,+64 3-442 5232

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Central Art Gallery

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Painting
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One of the oldest private art galleries in New Zealand, the Central Art Gallery is a place that fully supports local talent. An array of paintings from established and emerging Kiwi artists are on show, with collections ranging from fine art pieces to contemporary creations. Along with a friendly gallery space where people can shop for or simply browse the artworks, the gallery also serves as a go-between for sourcing paintings from New Zealand artists.

Artbay Gallery

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Artbay Gallery Queenstown
Artbay Gallery Queenstown | © denisbin/Flickr
Contemporary art, interior design, and a number of mixed-media masterpieces — the Artbay Gallery’s collection definitely offers an interesting contrast to the classic heritage building in which it resides. Award-winning New Zealand artists are well represented in their eclectic exhibitions, which always set out to make art enticing and non-intimidating to the wider public.

Queenstown Arts Centre

The Queenstown Arts Centre is a venue that pretty much covers all bases. Exhibitions, art classes, open studio spaces and art sales are among the different features that welcome its visitors. The centre’s Cloakroom Gallery exhibits some of the best, most engaging, pieces to come out from the community, including jewellery, steam punk pieces, ceramics, sculptures and paintings.

Queenstown Arts Centre, 49 – 48 Stanley St, Queenstown 9048, New Zealand, +64 3-442 7782

Silver Fern Gallery

Art Gallery, Church
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Traditional Maori Carving
Traditional Maori Carving | © Barni1/Pixabay
The Silver Fern Gallery has come a long way since its humble Arrowtown beginnings in 1993. Avril Dolman and Graham Bates originally called their artistic venue The Emporium. A name change was eminent when the duo relocated to Queenstown, after serving their local community for 15 years. These days, the Silver Fern Gallery, which was named after the Dolman family’s longstanding souvenir business, is home to traditional Maori art, quality wood crafts, ceramic and glass pieces, as well as a trove of New Zealand made paintings.