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) was the same.  Each year there are 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.

Thank you to the following businesses who helped us sell Trail Guides last year.

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 become involved in contributing to alternative exhibitions or events for 2020, please send us your name, phone and email using this form, we’d love to hear from you