Tickets can be purchased:
24 February –24 March 2024:
The track is a coastal walkway and is unsealed and relatively narrow, with no barriers or rails and steps in some places. Please follow the event and safety signage. It is easy to overestimate fitness levels if you are not used to walking hills. Waiheke is hilly and very steep in some areas.
There is no wheelchair or pram access along the entire length of the sculpture walk. Seating and shade along the walkway is minimal.
Perpetual Guardian Sculpture on the Gulf 2024 takes place on and around the headland of Matiatia Bay, Waiheke Island, Auckland. Waiheke is a 40-minute ferry trip from Auckland. You can catch the Fullers ferry from downtown Auckland or Devonport. It has vineyards, world-class hospitality, pristine beaches, and scenery that feeds the soul. Book ahead to eat, play and stay on this island paradise over a few days. Book ferry tickets here.
Catch the sculpture shuttle bus to the start of the walkway from the information tent located at Matiatia, a short walk from the ferry terminal. Once you’ve completed the sculpture walk, shuttle buses collect you from the end of the walkway and return to Matiatia via the Waiheke Community Art Gallery in Oneroa.
Shuttle bus tickets are $10 per person (Children 15 and under are $5) and can be purchased online or from the Matiatia Ferry Terminal Ticket Office. Sculpture shuttle bus tickets are valid for the day but cannot be used on other public transport services. You can buy shuttle bus tickets here.
Sealink offers a vehicle ferry service from Half Moon Bay or Wynyard Quarter, Auckland City to Kennedy Point ferry terminal on Waiheke Island. Vehicle bookings are recommended in advance to secure preferred timings.
See a full timetable or for more information here.
Please note that parking is limited at Matiatia and there is no parking around the start of the sculpture walk on Nick Johnstone Drive. The best option is to get dropped off at the start of the walk or make your way to the 48-hour car park at Matiatia and then catch the sculpture shuttle bus from the Information Tent.
Yes – you can bring your bicycle over on the ferry. The exhibition walk is not suitable for bikes, however, bike racks are available at the ferry terminal and there is bike parking at the start of the walk, so you can enjoy the walk and then explore the Island, by bike, if you have some spare time. Don’t forget to bring your own chain and lock. For more information please visit: Fullers or Sealink.
Yes – you can as long as it is on a lead at all times. Please note, dogs are allowed on the sculpture shuttle buses but this is at the driver’s discretion particularly during weekends, public holidays and busy periods. If you do bring your dog, please remember to clean up after them.
Yes, we will have free drinking water tanks located at Matiatia, as well as the start and the end of the sculpture walk. Remember to bring your own water bottle. Sculpture of the Gulf filled water bottles will also be for sale.
Check out our EAT page on our website for exciting offers from local Waiheke venues, artisans, and Perpetual Guardian Sculpture on the Gulf 2024 partners.
Perpetual Guardian Sculpture on the Gulf 2024 event. The only thing we want left behind are the sculptures. Please support us and take your waste with you.
The sculpture walk itself is roughly 2km long and with the number of works along the walkway you should allow at least 1.5 hours.
This applies to those who can’t walk well, are in wheelchairs or for young children. This is feedback we have requested from an occupational therapist who assessed the accessibility of the walkway.
In summary – There are trip and fall hazards such as a ditch and rocks at the driveway end of the track, roots, uneven steps, footbridges raised off the track, narrow track, unprotected cliff edge.
Currently access to the Sculpture on the Gulf track is limited for people who are unable to walk easily. The gravel driveway entrance is steep with loose stone. The track is undulating and only goes a short distance to a set of 14 steps. Stairs are up to 200mm high and only one set has a rail on one side, which is 1350 mm high and there are multiple trip hazards. The track is narrow in places (500mm) with tree roots (up to 350mm high) presenting hazards. There is no railing where it is narrow and comes very close to the cliff edge. When the track turns back towards Nick Johnstone Dr it is steep and narrow, there is a set of 41 stairs which would be a significant barrier to some.