In fact, one of the best things to do in Queenstown is to slow things down and explore Queenstown’s art galleries. Set amongst an inspiring natural setting, it’s no surprise that the Queenstown art scene is thriving. For anyone interested in uncovering the cultural side of this world-famous tourist hot spot, make sure you include Queenstown’s art precinct on your itinerary.
Where to go to find art galleries in Queenstown
For a small town, Queenstown packs a big punch when it comes to its galleries and range of artworks for sale. The easiest way to explore the scene is to head to the small cluster of galleries around Earl Street and Marine Parade. Here, you’ll find not only our very own Romer Gallery but also some of our impressive neighbours. And when it’s time for a break, all of central Queenstown’s restaurants and cafes are nearby.
For those who don’t mind a drive, there are more galleries to be found along the rural roads between Queenstown and Arrowtown. Take a scenic 20-minute drive from Queenstown and you will find a collection of galleries and artists’ studios around Littles Road, Speargrass Flat Road and Arrowtown. Many of these spaces provide the opportunity to meet the artists as your browse their work.
Queenstown’s must-do art galleries
15 Earl Street
Located in the centre of Queenstown, Romer Gallery is home to a complete collection of Stephan Romer artwork. With pieces that can span over two metres in length, the impact of Stephan’s high-definition works must be experienced first-hand to be fully appreciated. And at the Romer Gallery you can feel the full impact of his work. Since opening its doors in 2015, Romer Gallery has attracted a diverse range of collectors of NZ art, including royalty, celebrities, and international art enthusiasts. A visit to the gallery is also an opportunity to see the incredible effect that different finishing options have on Stephan’s work. While many clients choose to have the work framed or under perspex, there is also a lightbox option that gives an impressive backlit finish.
13 Marine Parade
Situated in one of Queenstown’s iconic historic buildings, Artbay Gallery showcases artwork ranging from master landscape artists to contemporary fine art and sculpture. The gallery also offers art consultancy, making them an excellent option if you need a little help finding that perfect piece for your home. Artbay Gallery often hosts artists in residence in the gallery.
11 Marine Parade
Lightworx Gallery is owned by the same group that owns Artbay Gallery, so you can expect more exceptional New Zealand art. But step into Lightworx, and you step into a contemporary and innovative space showcasing avant-garde light technology artworks. Lightworx display works that fuse light and colour from New Zealand’s renowned modern artists and is an experience that is sure to leave an impression.
9a Earl Street
Milford Galleries Queenstown is one of town’s longest-running art spaces. A browse through the gallery uncovers a range of fine art, including paintings, sculptures, glass, and ceramics, sourced from prominent New Zealand artists. Milford offers two distinct gallery spaces, with the downstairs area housing a generous display of artworks while the upstairs gallery hosts solo and group exhibitions.
1-7 Earl Street
Starkwhite is a contemporary art gallery with spaces in Auckland and Queenstown. The Queenstown gallery showcases the works of renowned New Zealand and international artists. Artists’ works cover various mediums, such as sculpture, painting, photography, video, and mixed media.
First Thursday: Queenstown’s late-night art tour
Queenstown’s art scene comes alive on the first Thursday of every month with a special event known as First Thursdays. In our opinion, this is one of the best things to do in Queenstown at night – but we may be a little biased! Participating galleries extend their opening hours for the evening, welcoming visitors to browse artworks while enjoying wine and canapés. It’s a fantastic opportunity to engage with artists, gallery owners, and fellow art enthusiasts.
When planning your visit to Queenstown, don’t miss the chance to delve into the town’s thriving art scene. And make sure you swing by Romer Gallery when you’re here to say hello.