There's always something fascinating at Aratoi, the Wairarapa's largest museum. Discover national and Wairarapa displays, exquisite Māori taonga/treasures, ceramics, paintings, photography, children's art, textiles, and much more.
Check out what's on at Aratoi:
- Kathy Bartlett: Teas Light Lunches - small oil paintings in an eclectic and often lighthearted exploration of belonging and home that can be found in the simple things, until 18 February 2024.
- Madison Emond: The River Sees - images that seek to mirror the legal framework of The Kaiwharawhara Awa river obtaining legal personhood by highlighting the awa's intrinsic vitality, until 10 March 2024.
- Tatyana Kulida: Wairarapa Felt - The effectiveness of the exhibition is suggested through direct relation of the scenes, objects and people in the Wairarapa region, until 10 March 2024.
- Lea-Anne Sheather: Handle with Care - Lea-Anne Sheather explores the wonder within nature and the unguarded, transcendent moments she has with the natural world through 2D and 3D textile and collaged art, until 10 March 2024.
- Natasha Ratuva: Buiniga - Masi artworks that reinterpret traditional patterns from Fijian masi (iTaukei barkcloth) and kuta (woven pond reeds) into contemporary compositions until 18 February 2024.
Entry to Aratoi is by donation - please give what you can. Aratoi is a registered charity.
Aratoi also serves as a performance art space, an educational centre, and has an eclectic gift shop.
Not far from Aratoi are a range of other activities and places:
Next door is Entice Cafe, a very family-friendly cafe with great coffee. The Masterton isite Visitor Information Centre is just next door, and beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park is over the road. A few metres away is The Wool Shed, New Zealand's national museum of sheep and shearing. You can see this is a cool part of Masterton to check out!