Too often we lament rainy weekend days and so to embrace when the weather isn’t exactly playing ball, we have put together a guide for enjoying the Auckland Art Gallery, right here in the heart of the city.

Starting off with a leisurely brunch before perusing over 15,000 works of art at the Auckland Art Gallery (Toi O Tamaki), the largest art institution in New Zealand and finishing off the day at The Kimchi Project. In fact bring on the next rainy day!

First, brunch...

Across from Albert Park sits Scarecrow, a European bistro meets local farmers market. Light and flaky pastries and a great cup of coffee make for a delicious light snack. Or if you haven’t had a chance to grab a bigger bite to eat yet, then settle in for the Shakshuka (baked eggs), definitely one of our favourites.

Or you could head straight into the Art Gallery to Mojo, a dining destination in its own right. Relax in this spacious and sunny cafe overlooking the Atrium and Albert Park. Tuck into the smashed avocado with feta, chilli oil & coriander on five grain or for something a little more meaty to kick off your day, try Dr. Mojo’s cheeky mince on toast.

Now for some exhibition perusal...

Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys

Frances Hodgkins, Bridesmaids, 1930, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Lucy Carrington Wertheim, 1948.

Don't miss Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys, which traces Hodgkins’ creative and peripatetic life through France, Morocco and Spain to her final days in England, examining the influence of location on her development as a modernist painter and the notion of travel and journey as a source of artistic inspiration. This exhibition is open until September 1, 2019.

Colin McCahon

Colin McCahon May His light shine (Tau Cross) 1978-1979
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1980
Courtesy of the Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.

A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland is an exhibition of work by one of New Zealand’s foremost artists, Colin McCahon (1919–1987), and is open now until the end of January, 2020. Widely regarded as one of Australasia’s key 20th-century artists, A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland traces the artist’s development over the 30 years he lived in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, and reveals the significance that place had for his painting and its presence in his art.

Loved something that you saw and want to take it home, or want to read up about your favourite artists? Make sure to exit via the Auckland Art Gallery Shop and do a spot of shopping.

Feeling peckish again?

Settle in at The Kimchi Project down the road on Lorne Street for an early dinner and enjoy their covered courtyard out the back.

You can’t go wrong with the Kimchi Fried Rice ($15) - loaded up with edamame, parsnip and a sunny side up egg. Add your choice of cauliflower, prawns or pork belly for an extra $5. Pair it with a Warrior Kombucha (lemongrass, ginger, thyme and turmeric) to wrap up your day of leisure.

Last updated: 23 August 2019