Weaving and carving in wood, bone and greenstone are important Maori traditions. Examples of taonga Maori (Maori treasures) can be seen at museums and galleries around the country.
Auckland Museum Home to He Taonga Maori, the Maori Treasures Gallery, and displaying over 2,000 pieces – including the last great, magnificently carved Maori war canoe used in battle. Wellington Te Papa Tongarewa is New Zealand’s national museum. It contains a marae and works with iwi (tribal groups) to curate a changing exhibition programme of taonga. Waiwhetu Purchase your own Maori treasures at the settlement of Waiwhetu in Lower Hutt, where you can see artists-in-residence practising their crafts. Hokitika Dubbed the greenstone capital of New Zealand, Hokitika showcases jade shops and artists’ studios where you can join workshops to make your own artworks!