Be delightfully surprised by the original works throughout the property. From vibrant mural prints inspired by the Ndebele Tribe of South Africa to a wall of flying fish, the range of artwork sets the imagination running.
Art enthusiast guests are more than welcome to take a stroll through the corridors, gift shop and restaurants, seeking out our famous works. Enjoy the blend of New Zealand, African and Island influences.
Want to discover our art collection for yourself? Journey through our hotel on an art trail, exploring the original artworks scattered throughout the property. Download the art brochure here or collect a copy from reception.
James Wright was born in New Zealand and is of English/Portuguese/African descent. Growing up on a farm, James was influenced by his father as he watched him repair and create many interesting and useful pieces. He was also influenced by the shape of the land and its beauty. Many of his sculptures have been held in public and private collections around New Zealand. James was awarded a People’s Choice Award for his sculpture entitled, “Target”, which was recently exhibited at Headland Sculpture On The Gulf. James has created the amazing structure on the side of the building of the new conference centre. “The Tree of Life’, as some would say.
Rex Homan is local sculptor who was born in Thames, Coromandel. He is of Maori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood and bronze sculptor & has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills”. He is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide. His current work is influenced by the cultures of the Pacific & each display a true uniqueness in their diversity of form & dramatic flow of lines. Over the recent years, Rex has exhibited his work in the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver, Canada.
Peter Barker is a local who has a passion for artistry. Though he is an accountant by trade, his collection of magnificent bronze sculptures of native New Zealand fish have artistically transformed the lobbies in the North wing of the hotel.
Sonja Herrmann’s art can be found in the hotel’s Deluxe and Superior Twin rooms. She has used acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas with themes including nature, the journey of the spirit, texture and patterns. The art was completed over a series of months prior to the opening of each wing of the hotel and the colours chosen to compliment the colour palettes in each room.
In Tonga, the tapa cloth is known as ngatu. It is highly valued and used for special ceremonies such as weddings and funerals. A single piece of Tongan ngatu can measure up to 100 metres and a very large ngatu often features the Tongan crest and symbols of the Tongan royal family. Two of the ngatu were donated to the hotel by staff in the housekeeping department. Among this collection are beautiful tapa cloths from Samoa which are known as siapo. Many of the siapo reflect imagery of native plants, insects and different natural elements found in Samoa. The Tapa cloths can be found in the main hotel and on floors 1 - 4 in the hallways of the conference centre.
The art that adorns the walls of the guest rooms, lobby, and toilet facilities in our conference centre are a work created by many hands. The art was completed in the school holidays in 2015. We invited children of all ages to create art with themes of nature, shapes inspired by the pattern, texture and form of plants, New Zealand Birds, and their own works. These themes connect with the hotel’s emphasis on care for our environment and our community. Our vision was to retain the originality and inspiration of “children’s art” whilst giving it a refined look.
Ndebele art is geometrical and inspired by the linear quality of elements in the environment. Before the introduction of brightly coloured commercial paints, murals were painted in muted earth pigments made from natural coloured clays and charcoal. This mural is an adaptation of the real murals painted in various Ndebele villages in North Eastern South Africa.
All around the world, different species of wildlife are becoming endangered. Poaching is the main reason for the near extinction of a number of beautiful animals across the world. The rhinoceros sculpture in the main lobby is made from serpentine stone which is suitable for carving and is used in many traditional Zimbabwean sculptures. The entwined giraffes are made from fragile soapstone and the hippopotamus is made from Rhodesian Teak wood. Each of these sculptures are carved with significant detail so the on-looker can fully appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into making them. All of these sculptures originate from Zimbabwe.
The Bakuba Tribe of the Kasai Province in the Congo have a gift in the artistry of pattern-making, embroidery, textile design, carvings and traditional ceremonial costumes. The word ‘Ba’ means ‘People of’. Therefore the tribes are the people of Kuba (Kasai). In the past, the man of the house would make a rug for the home and once he has passed on, his family would wrap him up in the rug and bury him under the home. Traditionally the Bakuba Rug is made from Raffia Palms, which is a native palm tree in the tropical regions of Africa. Pieces of the Bakuba artwork can be found in our Standard Queen rooms and on the 1st and 2nd floor lobbies in the main hotel.