Connells Bay Sculpture Park

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Connells Bay Sculpture Park

Connells Bay Sculpture Park
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The Connells Bay Sculpture Park hosts a private collection of large scale sculpture by New Zealand artists bringing art and nature together on a two hour + guided walk in a beautiful coastal landscape. Bookings by apointment only. $30pp. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR A BOOKING AS SOON AS YOU KNOW YOUR TRAVEL DATES AS THE WALKS FILL QUICKLY
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Trek219898
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
Even if you're not into ART you need to visit here. Its fantatstic
Oct 2020
The owners have done a great job of returning this site to native bush and framing some fantastic art works by New Zealand Artists. Do not be put off by the access in our view this is an absolute must visit and shouldn't be missed. Jo and her husband have obviously made a very major investment in bringing this site to life. We couldn't stop talking about it after we left
Written 18 October 2020
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Sheofthebroom
Melbourne, Australia181 contributions
Best walk of your life...
Feb 2020 • Couples
There are some truly spectacular people in the world who create something very special and are happy to share it with others. Jo and John Gow’s private sculpture park on Waiheke Island is one such place. Located on the east side of the island, make sure you follow Jo’s specific instructions and look out for the second yellow letterbox as there’s no significant signage.

Before you start the walk around the property, you are invited into the resource room where you get an idea of the inspiration for most of the works you are about to encounter. Don’t forget to use the restrooms before you start as they are a work of art in themselves and I wasn’t sure if it was some elaborate hoax that they were functional and had visions of my ‘encounter’ being recorded in a weird kind of MONA David Walsh kind of way. Fear not, you’re safe.

As you begin the walk starting at Dennis O’Connor’s marble structure with the clever Ballad of Connell’s Bay, you will continue to be surprised and delighted at the various sculptures you are about to encounter. All are cleverly weaved into the fabric of the landscape where the artists are encouraged to find the exact spot where their sculpture should live.

I won’t go into detail on my favourites because you should form your own opinion and go in with an open mind, but Gregor Kregar’s Vanish is impressive and appears to be a modern interpretation of the Terracotta Warriors.

The owners’ collection are all New Zealand artists which I admire and respect. If you are planning to visit, make sure you apply online in advance. The groups are small and intimate and the best $30NZD you will spend on the island.
Written 2 March 2020
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stellamAuckland
Auckland239 contributions
Inspired and stunning
Nov 2019
Definitely one of the best things to do on Waiheke. A lovely grouping of sculptures, installations and even photography in a stunning location. Needs a modest degree of fitness, and allow 1-2 hours ate least to enjoy the art work and the views. The owners have made a significant contribution to the creative arts in this original display. They provide a guide to the walk, but reading in more depth about the sculptures would enhance the experience even more .
Written 2 December 2019
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Rabbity1
Auckland Central, New Zealand78 contributions
Totally fabulous
Dec 2018 • Couples
Superb park and a gorgeous walk. Great views too. Wear old shoes if it's been wet and take your camera for when you get to the top.
Written 23 December 2018
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SandLexia
Auckland Central, New Zealand108 contributions
Having a guided walk with the owner makes this a very special experience.
Apr 2018 • Couples
We booked well in advance as places are limited and we had friends who were very keen to see it. It was our fourth visit over about a fifteen year period, but every visit is different. It is a beautiful setting and having Jo, one of the owners, sharing her enthusiasm and giving the background to the works on display adds a great dimension. The planting is now really well-established and a tribute to the huge efforts the owners have made in re-creating a native bush setting. Don't miss this wonderful place.
Written 1 April 2018
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dineal0t
Auckland Central, New Zealand12 contributions
Unforgettable Experience.
Jan 2018 • Couples
Went to the sculpture park on our last day on the island, truly a memorable experience that we will never forget, our favorites were Gregor Kregar and Chris Booth but they were all amazing, also loved the work of Regan Gentry. What a way to spend the day!.
Written 15 February 2018
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AngMacleod
Fort Myers, FL41 contributions
Self catering beachfront
Mar 2017 • Couples
Make this a “must go” place to visit, everything was top notch! Beautiful quiet spot for a honeymooners!

Stock up with great food! You will not want to leave to go to a restaurant! You need a sturdy vehicle to get there, the last bit of the road is loose gavel.

If you are a painter, bring your gear!

Loved every minute of this little spot!
Written 1 February 2018
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fred5869
sydney7 contributions
It’s a must
Jan 2018 • Couples
Definitely worth visiting if you are able to get a booking. A wonderful collection of sculptures in a beautiful setting
Written 20 January 2018
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Livinthedreamlife
Ettalong Beach, Australia241 contributions
A must see when on Waiheke Island
Jan 2017
This is a beautiful walk with some amazingly beautiful sculptures and an even better view.
Be prepared to spend a few hours wandering this park and exploring.
Written 26 June 2017
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alanj14
Arrowtown, New Zealand23 contributions
Simply Superb
May 2017 • Couples
If you want to see the work of some of NZ's top sculptors in a magnificent setting then this is the place for you.
Written 8 May 2017
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