Visit Gibbs Sculpture Farm with an experienced guide and art historian. Tour leaves Selwyn College 9am and returns between 3:30 and 4pm. Regretfully we cannot accept alternative travel arrangements. Reasonable mobility and fitness necessary for this walking tour. Read below dates for more detailed information.
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Take this rare opportunity to visit this amazing sculpture park, with works by key artists including Andy Goldsworthy, Chris Booth, Jeff Thompson, Marijke de Goey and Richard Serra. There are few better opportunities to engage directly with works of this size and calibre in the Southern Hemisphere.
Tour dates will be added as tickets become available from the sculpture park. If no dates are published, please register your interest with the office and we will notify you of any new dates that become available.
This day trip by bus to the famous Gibbs Farm sculpture park on the shores of the Kaipara Harbour, will be hosted by one of our art guides. During the bus trip, your guide will introduce you to the exhibits and artists so that you are primed to get the most of your sculpture farm experience. You will spend approximately four hours at the farm where you are able to choose whether to wander around the sculptures at your own pace (assisted by a map and explanation of the exhibits) or follow the guide to view and hear about the sculptures. If time permits, we may make a quick stop in Kaukapakapa to buy an icecream on the way home. We plan to arrive back at Selwyn Community Education between 3:30 - 4pm.
The terrain at the sculpture park includes gravel roads, hills and open pasture so a reasonable level of mobility and basic fitness is required. The distance covered is approximately six kilometres but due to the hilly terrain it can be strenuous work, so bring snacks to keep your energy up. If you are concerned about mobility challenges, please contact the office to discuss your situation. Participants should wear walking shoes or boots (according to the weather). It takes 3-4 hours to cover the whole sculpture farm. The guide will move across the farm at a reasonable pace to visit as many of the accessible exhibits as possible. Participants can follow the guide or make their own way around the farm (or a combination). A map and exhibit guide is provided. The tour will proceed regardless of weather, so dress appropriately for the day (eg raincoats, sunscreen, hats). There are no refreshments available to buy at the farm so bring a sandwich, snacks and a drink with you. The tour bus leaves from Selwyn College, Kohimarama, at 9am and returns to the school by 3:30 - 4pm (traffic dependent). Due to a limited number of seats on the bus and entry tickets to the park, it is essential to register for this tour prior to attending.
On previous tours, coordination of meeting places and times for tour members travelling independently have caused delays for the rest of the group. Therefore we're sorry that we no longer make alternative travel arrangements for individuals - all participants must depart from and return to Selwyn College. If you do not wish to join our guided bus tour, you may wish to make your own arrangements to visit the Gibbs sculpture farm. You can visit their website here. They schedule new open days infrequently, which fill quickly, so it is best to check their website daily.