Hundertwasser Art Centre – Whangārei

This unusual building is the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery. It was designed by artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1993. After years on rejections it was approved in 2015 then finally opened in 2022. Driving north from Auckland to the Bay of Islands you pass through the centre of New Zealand’s northernmost city, Whangārei. We hadn’t planned to stop but knew we needed to photograph this amazing building on our way back to Auckland a few days later. At first I thought the gold dome was a qubba which can sometimes be found on the top of mosques. When getting closer it’s not a mosque or a dome. The walls on the outside feature black and white mosaic tiles. Due to time constraints we weren’t able to explore the inside. Next time I visit this part of New Zealand I plan to stay a night or two in Whangārei. To spend more time exploring the art centre and photographing it a dawn and dusk.

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