Te Uru and Lopdell House

One of the top three art galleries in Auckland (along with Auckland Art Gallery and Pah Homstead), Te Uru was a game changer when it opened in Titirangi eighteen months ago. It’s a beautifully designed green box that perfectly complements the historic neighbouring Lopdell House. The staircase itself is a work of art, very Georgia O’Keeffe.

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I’ve not been to every exhibition but I’ve seen a fair amount. My favourites include Gregor Kregar’s metallic gnome, Nathan Haines playing the art work of Billy Apple, Seung Yul’s giant inflatable installations, an artist breaking through a wall into a blue plastic sheet, and the annual Portage Ceramics Awards.

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Lopdell House is a 1930s Spanish Mission style building, one of the finest in Auckland, originally built as a hotel. As part of the Te Uru build they refurbished and revitalised this wonderful space for the community.

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A final bonus has been access to the roof, with stunning views over the West Auckland bush and out to the Manukau Harbour.

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