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.
Stephan Romer is a highly sought after commercial photographer who has made Queenstown his home for more than a decade. His private gallery, right at the heart of the town, houses some of his finest landscape photography work, including breathtaking shots of the Remarkables and Fiordland, among various other natural wonders in the South Island.
Romer Gallery, 15 Earl St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand, +64 21 171 1771
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.
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.
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