Picture a majestic summer’s day, the sea like glass and the ferry skimming across the waters of the Hauraki Gulf heading to Waiheke Island.
Each year in March a select group of the island’s unique properties primp and preen themselves to throw open their doors to the public. This highly anticipated event, in its sixth year – has become much loved in Waiheke Island’s calendar and is always a sell-out.
Homes are spread from Oneroa to Onetangi – be it a cute, quirky batch or a contemporary home with stunning views, the Wonderful Waiheke House Tour is a fun and fabulous day out. This year a limited number of Waiheke Artisan bags will be on sale offering delicious tastes from the island’s artisanal foodies and a great memory of the day.
Some homes will have local architects and designers present. Local designer Irene Crean has a love, flair and passion for gorgeous interiors and will be present to chat about styling secrets.
The Waiheke Community Art Gallery is the organiser of this event which has a dedicated group of followers and has become one of the island’s most popular outings. “Everyone really enjoys this unique day of art and architecture on Waiheke Island against the stunning backdrop of coastal views or fabulous gardens. Each home has a distinct location, personality and vibe so its a great event for both visitors and locals alike” says gallery Director Linda Chalmers.
Opt for a self-drive, or small buses are provided by Fullers and Waiheke Executive Transport. Join the festivities of the day with a boxed lunch in a garden party environment at one of the stunning homes, or choose the vineyard lunch option.
This event is the gallery’s primary fundraiser, enabling the continuation of its lively exhibition programme and other cultural events through out the year. “Although the gallery attracts more than 60,000 visitors annually, it receives very little institutional funding”.
“We couldn’t do without the generosity and support of our home owners who agree to open their beautiful houses for the day” says Linda Chalmers. Central to the event are key sponsors Fullers 360, Waiheke Executive Transport, Waiheke Living along with a dedicated group of volunteers. Other generous sponsors include Be My Guest Waiheke, Oyster Inn, Timmy Smith Jeweller and Waiheke Island Wine Tours.
The 2020 event will be held on Wednesday 18 March 2020 and is expected to be another sell-out. Don’t miss out on this fabulous event! Register for pre-sales here waihekeartgallery.org.nz