The very first Kerikeri Art Studios Trail (KOAST) was held during Labour Weekend 2014. It now forms an integral part of the area’s vibrant art scene by offering local artists an opportunity to showcase their work in a unique way.
Members of the public are invited to come and see artists at work in their studios, chat with them and enjoy a wide selection of media. Using the KOAST Trail Guide which lists artists, their locations and the medium they work in, visitors can plan a weekend spent exploring Kerikeri’s art scene.
KOAST 2018 was a really exciting event with over 3000 visitors and 2019 (26 – 28 October during Labour Weekend) promises to be the same. We have artists who paint in oil, acrylic, watercolour and mixed media, sculptors, jewellers, ceramicists, weavers and many more.
So start planning to bring your friends and enjoy driving around the beautiful Bay of Islands. Explore the working studios where our artists create their unique work and you’ll find plenty of original art for sale!
You will need a Trail Guide which has the only map which enables you to find the studios and exhibits. The Guide costs $5.00 and gives you entry to all exhibits as well as an entry to the KOAST Lucky Trail Prize which gives you the chance to own additional art by a KOAST exhibitor up to the value of $200.
The Guide also has a little description about each artist – and you can find more on this website of course.
The trail guides will be available late September from the following businesses.
Kerikeri – Paper Plus, Warehouse Stationery, The Old Packhouse Market and The Little Black Gallery
Waipapa – Village Books, Bohemian Hair
Paihia – Post Shop, Flying Fish
Mangonui – Exhibit A Gallery
Hokianga – Food Mart, Rawene
Whangarei – The Bach Town Basin, The Quarry Arts Centre
Kaitaia – Te Ahu Centre
If you would like to order a KOAST trail guide online, please send us your name, phone and email using this form and, after you pay $6.00 per copy (including postage) to our KOAST Inc. bank account: 12 3091 0232985 00, we will send you the guide
You can also purchase KOAST Gift Certificates ($25, $50, $75, $100, $200) to use on the trail (or after) which will be on sale at the Packhouse Market on Saturdays or by calling us.