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Celebrate Art! with The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

After the inaugural sell-out event, Celebrate Art! returns to Kauri Cliffs in 2018.


Art enthusiasts will want to be part of the Celebrate Art! with Kauri Cliffs Weekend on April 26-29, 2018, with special highlights including a private tour of the incomparable Gibbs Farm sculpture property, exclusive backroom visits to two of Auckland’s best commercial galleries, and a relaxing weekend of food, fun and Greystone Wines at Kauri Cliffs with inspiring art talks from guest speakers.


The chance to view the renowned Gibbs Farm sculptures, set against the stunning backdrop of the Kaipara Harbour is a highly sought-after experience and one that few can enjoy. Stockroom tours in Auckland with the directors of top galleries Gow Langsford and Two Rooms provide a look at the work of top contemporary artists across a range of mediums.


Combine this with two days of indulging in food, Greystone Wines, spa and golf in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs (pictured above) for the ultimate weekend for art lovers.


Guest speakers Sue Gardiner and  Mary Kisler are engaging and learned, so attendees can expect to be brought up to the minute by their takes on what’s important, what’s happening now and what they need to know in today’s fast moving art world.


Mary Kisler, Senior Curator of International Art at the Auckland Art Gallery, will share her thoughts on New Zealand art within an international context. Mary earned a Master’s Degree in Art History and Italian at University of Auckland and also is Senior Curator of the Mackelvie Collection. A curator at the Auckland Art Gallery since 1998, Mary has her finger firmly on the pulse of the global art scene, from Europe to Australia/New Zealand and beyond.


Sue Gardiner is the Co-Director of the Chartwell Collection, a public collection of contemporary art on long term loan to Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, with a focus on exploring the visual creative thinking of artists from this region. Sue will explore Chartwell’s belief in the notion that art changes people and people change the world.


The Saturday night dinner will be another special highlight- a five course tasting menu by Kauri Cliffs and Relais & Chateaux Executive Chef Barry Frith, with matched wines by NZ ’s Greystone Wines.


Planted by the Thomas family in 2004, Greystone’s 40-hectare organic vineyard is perched on the unique limestone hills of the Waipara Valley, North Canturbury. While Pinot Noir makes up over half of their vineyard, Greystone also grows and makes exceptional Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Savignon Blanc and Syrah. In 2016, Greystone was named Vineyard of the Year in the New Zealand Organic Wine Awards (NZOWA). Greystone’s winemaker Dom Maxwell was recently named 2018 NZ Winemaker of the Year in Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine’s Winemaker of the Year Awards.


From Gibbs Farm and the Auckland commercial gallery scene, to inspiring speakers, great food, Greystone Wines, and leisure fun at Kauri Cliffs – this is truly a weekend that is not to be missed.


Celebrate Art! is NZ$3,100 + GST per person, based on double occupancy and includes:

  • One nights’ accommodation in a Superior Room at Sofitel Auckland, including breakfast
  • A stockroom tour of two on Auckland’s top commercial galleries – Gow Langford and Two Rooms
  • Private Tour and picnic lunch at Gibbs Farm
  • Coach Transport Auckland-Gibbs Farm-Kauri Cliffs. (Helicopter transfer upgrade option from Gibbs Farm available on request)
  • Two nights’ suite accommodation at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
  • Presentations from special guest  Ms. Mary Kisler and Ms. Sue Gardiner
  • Pre-dinner drinks and canapes, full daily breakfast and complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar
  • Gourmet dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, including Greystone Wines pairings on the Saturday
  • Guest’s choice of a day of unlimited green fees OR a 50 minute spa treatment per person per stay


Don’t miss out, spaces will sell out fast!


For full details of the Celebrate Art! Weekend, click here.
For reservations at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs contact 09 407 0065 or email

Featured Image: Horizons, 1994, Welded and painted steel, 15 x 10 x 36m