Artweek is here! From 5-14 November, the city centre becomes the canvas filled with incredible installations transforming laneways and public spaces. Make an afternoon of it and enjoy all the outdoor goodness the city centre has to offer from lunch right through to dinner – we’ve pulled together this ultimate guide on all there is to do in the city this week.

Above view of Silo Park

(Photo: Sacha Stejko)

On a bright and sunny day, there’s nothing better than a stroll along our beautiful waterfront. Why not start your city adventure in Silo Park? If you’ve got the kids in tow, they’ll love the underwater themed playground here, there’s also a free-play basketball court and plenty of space for the kids to ride their scooters and bikes (adults too!). If you’re journeying through the city today via bike, check out how bike-friendly our city is, here.

Make your way along North Wharf and over the bridge to Viaduct Harbour. There’s a multitude of cafes, restaurants, and eateries along the way to stop at for a cheeky contactless order. In need of coffee? Click here for the lowdown on who’s currently open.

Once you’ve spent some time around the waterfront, Britomart should be next on your list. There are three exhibitions currently on display here – ‘By Its Own Light’ in Te Ara Tahuhu walkway, the 'New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year' finalists up in the Atrium on Takutai, and new works by artist 'Maraea Shaw' along Customs Street East. 

Feeling hungry? You’re in the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat! Whether it be a poke bowl from Yeah Bowl, tacos from Mexico, or a classic burger from Better Burger, there’s an eatery doing takeaway that will fill almost any craving. 

After refueling, it’s time to check out the Changing Lanes installations. There’s five incredible pieces to view this year, all of which celebrate Artweek’s 2021 theme of sustainability. You’ll find most of the works in the High Street District, one in Elliott Street and one in Exchange Lane just off Queen Street. We suggest starting with 'Wisteria Lane' in Durham Street East, check out 'The 3 Kete of Knowledge' in Little High Street next, then walk up a bit further and see 'Out Of Water' on the pillars outside the High Street entry to the Victoria Street Carpark. On your way to 'Out of Water' by Erin Forsyth, don’t miss the incredible 'Nature Wins!' Installation on the steps of Freyberg Place. 'Nature Wins!' by Deborah Crowe is a gorgeous nature inspired installation that sees lush flora and fauna covering the steps.

While you’re in the area, take some time for a bit of window shopping at all the unique stores. You might just spot something to head back in for when retail opens up next week! After you’ve explored the High Street District, Elliott Street is calling for you to go and check out ‘Hello I’m …missing you’, another piece that is part of Changing Lanes this year. 

As the day comes to an end, and the light starts to fade, you’ll be treated to a range of works that glow through the night. Start with a magical experience in the 'Forest of Light' by La Lumiere in Khartoum Place where fairy light strands spill from the tallest trees. This large-scale lighting installation reflects the return of light back into the city in 2021 after the darkness of COVID-19. 

The lightwork doesn’t stop there. Make your way onto Queen Street and travel down toward the water, stopping off at Exchange Lane where you can view the fifth Changing Lanes installation – 'Ripple' by Angus Muir. This suspended work mimics the movements of the sea with a gentle colourful glow. Continue down to Te Komititanga, the beautiful new public square outside the Chief Post Office, where an installation ‘Light on Te Komititanga’ is set up. A series of lightboxes feature two incredible exhibitions – 'GOD-HOUSE' and 'A State of Reimagining'. 

The last piece to view during your day in the city centre for Artweek is the new digital work displayed on The Lightship on Bledisloe Wharf. 'Kupesi Sisi Huelo ‘oe Taulanga Waitemata moe Funga Tāmaki Makaura' is a site specific work that emits its light onto the water and environment with a garland of light beams that was created from and for the spaces of the Port and its surroundings. 

With Artweek exploration complete, we think it’s a great idea to treat yourself to a delicious takeaway for dinner. Order and eat in the city at one of the many public spaces or take it home to enjoy in your bubble. Need some meal inspo? We have plenty of ideas:

Don't forget dessert!

Last updated: 04 November 2021