The following itinerary describes a range of private projects we plan to view, and a number of key designers we hope to meet. At the time of publication (December 2020) most visits had been confirmed, however a number of visits may only be confirmed closer to the tour’s departure in 2021. The daily activities described in this itinerary may change or be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate alterations in opening hours, flight schedules and confirmation of private visits. Participants will receive a final itinerary, together with their tour documents, prior to departure. The tour includes meals indicated in the detailed itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner.
Day 1: Monday 4 October, Arrive Auckland
- Short Welcome Meeting at 4pm
- Designer Benny Castles at World-Fashion
- Orientation Walking tour of Britomart with John Walsh
- Welcome Dinner at Amano (Jack McKinney Architects 2017)
Please meet at the Hilton Auckland (check-in time is 3.00pm). Our tour official starts at 4pm with a short welcome meeting.
Following our short meeting we meet with Benny Castles, the co-director and designer for WORLD and Project Runway New Zealand, at his outlet in the Britomart.
Led by John Walsh, we continue with an orientation walk of the vibrant Britomart, a waterfront precinct of heritage buildings new developments, and open and intimate public spaces.
Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at the Italian restaurant, Amano, which occupies the ground floor of two heritage buildings in Britomart. Designed by Jack McKinney Architects, this project was the recipient of a number of awards including the New Zealand Institute of Architects 2018 National Architecture Award [Hospitality and Retail]. (Overnight Auckland) D
Day 2: Tuesday 5 October, Auckland
Today John Walsh accompanies us on a full day orientation tour of Auckland. From our hotel we travel to the Wynyard Quarter passing one of Auckland’s most iconic buildings, West Plaza, designed by Neville Price. Its distinctive finned, sailed-shaped design won an enduring architecture award in 2005. The Wynyard Quarter, located on a reclaimed peninsula to the west of Auckland’s CBD, comprises approximately 20 hectares of waterfront land and maritime structures including infrastructure to support the 36th Americas Cup held in the summer of 2021. Urban design elements include the North Wharf hospitality strip (Fearon Hay Architects, 2012) and Silo Park (re-purposed former cement storage silos). The Silo Marina is now New Zealand’s premier superyacht marina as well as the berthage for classic wooden yachts from Auckland’s designers/boatbuilders. We also view apartment buildings by Architectus, Athfield Architects and Studio of Pacific Architecture.
Situated in the residential suburb of Parnell lies Holy Trinity Cathedral, the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. We take a guided architecture tour of the Cathedral, including the Bishop Selwyn Chapel. Designed by Fearon Hay Architects in 2016, the chapel features a gleaming, gold-tiled ceiling which floats over a transparent glass box.
From Parnell we travel to the Auckland Domain to visit the Wintergardens, which are of great historic interest. Designed in the 1920s by W.H Gummer in the style of Edwin Lutyens (for whom Gummer worked before the First World War) and Gertrude Jekyll, the two barrel-vaulted glass houses provide an ever-changing display of rare and spectacular plants.
Within the Auckland Domain also lies Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, constructed in 1929. The Neo-Classical style museum’s south atrium has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment – a design collaboration between Jasmax, Design Tribe, Salmond Reed Architects and Australian firm FJMT. The new South Atrium features a Noel Lane-designed Tanoa bowl and artwork by Ngati Whatua artist Graham Tipene. We will have lunch at the museum’s new bistro-style restaurant designed by Jack McKinney and then take a private architecture tour of the building. In the Maori Court we also view the treasured collection of paintings by late nineteenth / early twentieth century artists Charles Fredrick Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer who were best known for their portrayal of Maori dignitaries and scenes of Maori life.
A drive up Mount Eden, Auckland’s highest volcano, and a walk to the viewpoint provides spectacular views of the city and an interesting way to see a caldera. We will then return to the Britomart via Princes Street which features a number of interesting 19th-century merchant houses, a reminder that this was once one of Auckland’s most prestigious residential areas. Nearby is the Northern Club, built in 1867 as a hotel and later established as a gentleman’s club, and Old Government House.
This evening we attend the Gaggenau Tuesday Test Kitchen dinner hosted in the French Kitchen. Here we may enjoy the taste of chef Sid Sahrawat’s two award-winning restaurants – Cassia and Sid at the French Café – under the one roof. “The Test Kitchen concept is designed for Sid and his chefs to innovate new dishes and solicit feedback from diners. Taking place on the first Tuesday of each month, three dishes from each restaurant will be prepared for diners in Sid at The French Café’s private dining room, The French Kitchen. Over the course of the evening, guests will get to see Sahrawat doing what he does best, as he and his team cook, plate and introduce each dish..” (Overnight Auckland) BLD
Day 3: Wednesday 6 October, Auckland – Coxs Bay – Point Chevalier – Grey Lynn – Mt Eden – Remuera – Auckland
- Bossley House, Coxs Bay, Private home of Pete Bossley and Miriam van Wezel, Bossley Architects
- Courtyard House, Point Chevalier, Private home of Guy Tarrant, Guy Tarrant Architects
- Morning tea at the Beachside: The Pt. Chev Beach Café
- Diagrid House, Grey Lynn: Private home of architect Jack McKinney, Jack McKinney Architects
- 339, Mt Eden: Private home of architect Dave Strachan, Strachan Group Architects
- # 3 House, Remuera: Private home of architect Paul Clarke, Studio2 Architects
As New Zealand’s population continues to grow and plots reduce in size, urban living is being redefined. Accompanied by John Walsh, we spend the day visiting the private homes of some of New Zealand’s leading architects, including Pete Bossley and his partner Miriam van Wezel, Guy Tarrant, Dave Strachan and Paul Clarke, to see how they design contemporary inner city homes. (Overnight Auckland) B
Day 4: Thursday 7 October, Auckland
- The Shelter: Meet with founder, Vicki Taylor
- Objectspace: Introduction to exhibitions by Director, Kim Paton
- Michael Lett: Hosted by Gallery Co-ordinator, Victoria Wynn-Jones & incl. exhibitions on new sculptural work by Paul Lee and new paintings by Anoushka Akel
- St Kevin’s Arcade
- Anna Miles Gallery incl. exhibitions on Warwick Freeman & Johanna Pegler
- Neville Findlay at Zambesi Britomart
This morning we visit the residential district of Ponsonby, known for its dining, stylish boutiques, bookshops and trendy cafés. We begin with a visit to The Shelter, a contemporary space of like-minded design-led brands curated by Vicki Taylor.
Nearby is Objectspace, a public art gallery, described as New Zealand’s new ‘home of craft, design and architecture’. Founded by jeweller Warwick Freeman in 2004, Objectspace expanded and moved to its new, larger space in 2017. This new gallery is housed in a former industrial warehouse that was refurbished by architect Rich Naish of RTA Studio.
Next we visit Michael Lett, a contemporary art gallery operated by Michael Lett and Andrew Thomas, who previously worked at London’s White Cube Gallery. The gallery which opened in 2003 and is housed in a former private bank built in 1928, represents both emerging and established artists including Paul Lee, Jim Allen, Hany Armanious, Eve Armstrong, Dan Arps, Steve Carr and Fiona Clark. Our visit, which will be hosted by Gallery Coordinator, Victoria Wynn-Jones, includes viewing two exhibitions which include new sculptural work by Paul Lee and new paintings by Anoushka Akel.
Following some time at leisure for lunch at St Kevin’s Arcade we visit the Anna Miles Gallery, where Anna will give us a talk on artists Richard Stratton, Peter Hawkesby and Vita Cochran and show examples of their work. Her gallery, which focuses on contemporary New Zealand art, represents critical and influential artists working in a diverse range of media. During the time of our visit there will be two exhibitions: Warwick Freeman — the esteemed jeweller in one room, and Johanna Pegler — a painter who offers a unique and mysterious point of view on the local landscape.
We end the day with a visit to the Zambesi Britomart flagship store where we meet with Neville Findlay. Founded by designers Elisabeth and Neville Findlay in 1979, Zambesi is one of New Zealand’s most iconic labels, known for its directional designs. The NZ Fashion Museum states “Hallmarks include intelligent, unexpected use of fabric and layers, impeccable tailoring and finishing, and an often dark colour palette, supplemented with lighter pieces and delicate fabrics designed in-house”. (Overnight Auckland) B
Day 5: Friday 8 October Auckland – Waiheke Island – Auckland
We depart early this morning, taking the short 40-minute ferry ride across to Waiheke Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches. On arrival we meet with Chris Tate (Chris Tate Architecture) who has kindly agreed to show us his ‘Tent House’ which he designed for his weekend/personal retreat/studio. Located in a native rainforest, this experimental project challenges the notion of what a weekend house should be.
Next, we meet with one of the project architects from Cheshire Architects, the practice responsible for the extensive renovation of an old winery building at Tantalus Estate. The project also features lighting by James Russ who used uprooted vines from the estate and more than 4,500 miniature LEDS, handwoven into the vines with exposed copper wire. We will enjoy a 2-course menu with paired wines at the Estate’s fine restaurant.
In the afternoon we meet with project architect, Sarah Gilbertson (also from Cheshire Architects) for a tour of the Awaawaroa Bay Project, a site abounding in natural views. The project features three forms, which each speak to its function and respond to the terrain in differing ways.
We return to Auckland by ferry in the late afternoon where the evening is at leisure. (Overnight Auckland) BL
Day 6: Saturday 9 October, Auckland – Matakana – Whangarei – Whale Bay – Tutukaka
We depart Auckland early this morning and travel an hour north to Matakana. Here, there will be time at leisure to collect ingredients for your picnic lunch at the lively organic Farmers Market which features locally sourced vegetables, fruit and baked goods.
Further north lies Whangarei, capital of the Northland region, whose harbour entrance was first sighted by Europeans on James Cook’s first voyage in the Endeavour in November 1769. Here we visit the award-winning Hihiaua Cultural Centre which aims to preserve, create, display and promote Māori arts and culture. The centre includes a high-spec carving workshop, a new whare waka (waka shelter), exhibition spaces and a laboratory/studio. Designed by Moller Architects in 2020, the centre won the John Scott Award for Public Architecture granted by Te Kahui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects. We will tour the centre and enjoy our picnic lunch in the grounds.
This afternoon we visit Bowden House, a 2020 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner, which sits on a clifftop edge on the Tutukaka Coast. Designed by Belinda George Architects in association with Mandeno Design, this stunning cedar-clad house is an outstanding project. “The semi-circular plan nestles into the site, and the curved form conveys a sense of spatial coherence. The house’s natural rhythm allows for spaces that connect with each other, and the environment. The material palette is beautifully resolved and perfectly articulated to fit the crescent moon shape.” [www.nzia.co.nz/awards/]
We end the day with a walk to Whale Bay, an idyllic white sand, bush-fringed beach accessed by a 30min walking track through groves of ancient Puriritrees.
Following check-in at the Quality Hotel Oceans, we dine together at the rustic Schnappa Rock Restaurant which overlooks Tutukaka Harbour. (Overnight Tutukaka) BD
Day 7: Sunday 10 October, Tutukaka Coast – Point Wells – Snells Beach – Mahurangi – Auckland
- Point Wells Gables, Point Wells (Pac Studio 2017)
- Private project, Point Wells (Pac Studio 2021)
- Point Wells Cricket Club, (Pac Studio 2020)
- Brick Bay Winery and Sculpture Trail: Lunch at the Glass House Kitchen, Snells Beach
- Pukapuka Road Project, private home of architect Belinda George, Mahurangi
Pac Studio are a youngish practice based in Auckland who have designed two interesting projects on a property at Point Wells near Matakana: a house – Point Wells Gables – and the Point Wells Cricket Club, both award-winning works. Following our tour of these projects we continue to the small coastal town of Snells Beach.
At the Brick Bay Winery we enjoy lunch at the Glass House Kitchen which showcases contemporary New Zealand cuisine inspired by their farm produce and orchards. There will be time at leisure to follow the 2km sculpture trail which features over 60 artworks in a setting of native bush, ponds and open spaces.
Belinda George, who founded her practice in 1996, concentrates primarily on residential and small-scale commercial projects. This afternoon we visit her own home which was inspired by its rural setting. “The house is a cluster of separate buildings arranged around a central courtyard and joined with glazed walkways. Much like a collection of vernacular buildings purposefully random in shape and size dependent upon function. The palette of materials follows this logic as well, comprising of galvanized corrugated iron cladding and totara weatherboards left to naturally weather. The interior is lined with native timbers (rimu, kahikatea, and matai) salvaged from the Northland rivers.” (Overnight Auckland) BL
Day 8: Monday 11 October, Auckland – Piha Beach – Takapuna – Narrow Neck – Devonport – Auckland
We spend the day visiting a number of award-winning beach houses at Piha Beach and Takapuna. Piha is a scenic black-sand surf beach on the rugged coast west of Auckland. Here we visit Kawakawa House and Under Pohutukawa,two spectacular beach houses by Herbst Architects. Both houses have been recipients of several awards including the NZIA Auckland Architecture Award andHOME Magazine Home of the Year Award.
Takapuna, a vibrant beachside destination, lies on the North Shore of Auckland overlooking Waitematā Harbour. Its white sand beach looks out across to the Hauraki Gulf and iconic Rangitoto Island. Here we view two projects by Bossley Architects including Clifftops House which features an impressive international art collection.
We end the day with a visit to the home of the late David Michell and his partner Julie Stout, at Narrow Neck. This two-dwelling project occupies an elevated beachside location which provide great views over the harbour. In the late afternoon we take the short ferry ride from Devonport back to our hotel in the Britomart. (Overnight Auckland) BL
Day 9: Tuesday 12 October, Auckland
- Studio of Dame Trelise Cooper
- Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead
- Studio of Warwick Freeman
- Simon James Design (SJD): Meeting with Simon James and Scott Bridgens
This morning we are fortunate to visit the private studio of Dame Trelise Cooper who is a ‘celebrated New Zealand fashion designer known for beautiful garments that make women look and feel fantastic. Her remarkable career as designer and business women has spanned over thirty years and her eponymous brand is known around the world for its elegant womenswear’.
Mid-morning we visit take a guided tour of the Wallace Arts Centre, housed in the historic Pah Homestead in Monte Ceilia Park, Hillsborough. Our guided tour includes both the permanent collection of contemporary art and the temporary exhibition Fumbles for Rhymes which explores the use of humour by Aotearoa New Zealand artists – senior, mid-career and emergent. The exhibition begins with several artists who established themselves in the 1980s and employed a number of humours motifs. Following our tour there will be time at leisure to further explore the collection, the sculpture garden, Pah Shop and lunch at Pah’s café.
Warwick Freeman’s work has played an elemental part in the cultivation and recognition of New Zealand contemporary jewellery. Through the use of materials collected from his immediate and wider natural environment, Freeman creates work that explores themes of national identity and place. Freeman was part of the seminal Bone Stone Shell exhibition in 1988 and has since gone on to exhibit internationally. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among many others. Warwick has kindly agreed to meet with our group at his studio.
At the Simon James Design (SJD) showroom we meet with Simon James and Scott Bridgens who co-founded Resident, a globally focused furniture and lighting company in 2011. More recently Simon has established his own showroom, while Scott continues as Managing Director of Resident whose products are also on display at the SJD showroom. (Overnight Auckland) B
Day 10: Wednesday 13 October, Auckland
We begin this morning with a guided tour of the Auckland Art Gallery, home to one of the most important collections of European Old Masters in the South Pacific. The collection also features works by New Zealander Frances Hodgkins, early works by colonial artists Petrus Van der Velden, and a stunning collection of 20th-century works by New Zealand’s greatest modernist painter, Colin McCahon. Most recently it completed an extension by Australia’s Richard Francis-Jones (FJMT) with Auckland architects Archimedia, making it one of the most exciting contemporary buildings in the city. Our guided tour will include a viewing of the exhibition ‘Bill Culbert – Slow Wonder‘ which reveals the boundless experimentation of New Zealand’s acclaimed conceptual artisit, Bill Culbert and ‘Guide Kaiarahi-Rescheduled‘ which is a ten-metre-high waka designed by Reuben Paterson. Made of 595 shimmering crystals, this sculpture rises vertically from the Gallery’s forecourt pool.
This afternoon we visit Fingers, a contemporary jewellery gallery, where we meet Alan Preston, one of New Zealand’s leading jewellers. Alan was one of the first contemporary New Zealand jewellers to use Pacific influences and expression in his work. His knowledge and ability in the cutting of shell enables him to produce beautiful wearable art works. Using gold and black-lipped oyster shell, paua and vau (hibiscus bark fibre) Alan creates breastplates, bangles, necklaces, brooches and earrings. A retrospective exhibition of his work was held at TheNewDouse Art Museum in Lower Hutt in 2007.
Following an afternoon at leisure we enjoy a farewell dinner at Mr Morris, run by one of New Zealand’s most renowned chefs, Michael Meredith. (Overnight Auckland) BD
Day 11: Thursday 14 October, Depart Auckland
The tour ends this morning. Participants will be required to make their own way to the airport. Please contact ASA if you require further assistance. Check-out time from the Hilton Auckland is 12pm (midday). B