We’ve selected the finest recent examples of Contemporary Architecture in New Zealand. Whilst being a hugely diverse country, we have chosen the very best buildings to see, starting in the vibrant City of Auckland then travelling south to Queenstown via an outstanding array of architecture, all remarkably built and primarily most in the past decade. New Zealand is undoubtedly one of the countries that will contribute to the world in the 21st century. A surprising country due to the richness and contrast of its landscapes and the proliferation of beautiful originally crafted buildings. One of the objectives on our tour will be to see the most important work of the early modernists, whose ideas have had significant, influential effects on design in this past century throughout the country. Like all of our tours we follow a path that is also enriched within the extraordinary yet colourful context of buildings, old and new, of people, culture and a variety of cuisines. Our tour winds up in Queenstown, an amazing centre of striking and dramatic landscapes with some exceptional examples of isolated architectural gems.
A professional development opportunity. Limit of 32 participants, so book early.
Malcolm Carver (AIA AWI) is an Architect and former Principal of Scott Carver Architects, a highly successful Sydney-based practice which has won numerous awards for their work including the RAIA National Environment Award. Over the past 40 years Malcolm has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and the Americas having led over 14 Travelrite Tours. His passion for architecture is only matched by a keen interest in sketching and painting and he has many solo exhibitions of his work. His sketches appear online at www.carverstudio.com
Malcolm, as the overall tour guide, will be supported in some cases by local architects. The tour itinerary is based on being able to go inside most, if not all, of the public buildings. We are exploring these options for visits to these buildings:
DAY 1 Monday 14 March 2022 Auckland
Arrival day in Auckland. Check in is available after 3:00pm (Flight and pre tour accommodation options are available). This evening join Malcolm for welcome drinks.
DAY 2 Tuesday 15 March 2022 Auckland
Our first day of visits includes some fantastic Auckland buildings designed by RTA Studio, several of which are award winners - the Landing Caf at Auckland Airport, Object Space Public Art Gallery, the Mackelvie Street retail and office precinct, 594-598 Manuka Rd, RTS’s Pollen St office and the Ironbark offices. An RTA architect will lead the group for the day. We will also visit Foodstuffs Headquarters (Monk Mackenzie) with a fantastic concrete roof that arcs across the building’s 100m length.
DAY 3 Wednesday 16 March 2022 Auckland
We continue our exploration of Auckland’s marvellous architectural designs with a visit to the Hotel Britomart (Cheshire) the first 5 Green Star hotel in New Zealand, followed by the Auckland Art Gallery 2011 extension (FJMT and Archimedia). We also see the Pacifica Skyscraper (Plus Architecture) and the Te Witinga Bridge (Warren & Mahoney).
DAY 4 Thursday 17 March 2022 Auckland
Our first stop today is the Auckland Zoo to see the wonderful Giraffe House (Mackenzie & Patterson). This afternoon we visit Auckland’s famous Skytower (Craig Moller) and the Auckland War Memorial Museum, South Atrium (Jasmax and FJMT).
DAY 5 Friday 18 March 2022 Rotorua
This morning we depart Auckland and travel south to Rotorua. Rotorua is famous for its soaring geysers, boiling mud pools and hot springs. On the way we will stop at Hamilton’s Victoria on the River project (Edwards White). We will also see the Scion Innovation Hub, a cutting-edge showcase for engineered timber and home to a research institute focusing on technology use in the forest industry.
DAY 6 Saturday 19 March 2022 Napier
We continue onto Napier and upon arrival enjoy a guided walk to discover Napier’s rich Art Deco history. The original town of Napier was levelled by a dramatic and devastating earthquake in 1931 but was completely rebuilt within a remarkable two year period in the contemporary style of the times; Art Deco. The city is now recognised as the most complete Art Deco city in the world.
DAY 7 Sunday 20 March 2022 Napier
This morning we will see the Hawkes Bay Laneways (RTA Studio). After lunch we visit the Te Mata Winery to enjoy a wine tasting at its cellar door.
DAY 8 Monday 21 March 2022 Wellington
We depart Napier for Wellington, New Zealand’s Capital and political centre this morning. Upon arrival we will see some of Wellington’s most famous landmarks; The Beehive (Sir Basil Spence) and the Supreme Court of New Zealand (Warren and Mahoney) the latter to be guided by a W&M architect.
DAY 9 Tuesday 22 March 2022 Wellington
Our visits today include 20 Custom House Quay (Studio Pacific), the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand (Jasmax) and the Futuna Chapel (John Scott) one of New Zealand’s most significant buildings of the 20th Century.
DAY 10 Wednesday 23 March 2022 Nelson
This morning we take the ferry from Wellington to Picton and continue onto Nelson. Nelson is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes, with diverse geography capturing everything from long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains.
DAY 11 Thursday 24 March 2022 Nelson
Today we venture into the Marlborough region and see the Cloudy Bay Shack (Paul Rolf and TZG Architects). We will have a wine tasting at the Cloudy Bay Estate. The region is famous for the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
DAY 12 Friday 25 March 2022 Christchurch
Today we travel from Nelson to Christchurch. We will see some spectacular scenery as we travel through forests, National Parks and over mountain ranges. There will be a lunch stop along the way. Before arriving into Christchurch we will visit the Brooklands Lagoon Pavilion (WSP Opus Architecture).
DAY 13 Saturday 26 March 2022 Christchurch
Our first visit today is Christchurch’s Cardboard Cathedral (Shigeru ban). It was constructed after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 & 2011 which severely damaged Christchurch’s historic Cathedral. We continue on to Christchurch Turanga Library (Architectus and SML Architects), Te Pae Convention Centre and the renovated Christchurch Town Hall (both by Warren and Mahoney).
DAY 14 Sunday 27 March 2022 Christchurch
After visiting the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre (Patterson Associates) we travel to the Banks Peninsula today with time for lunch in the quaint town of Akaroa with French influences dating back to settlement. We will include some spectacular beach houses if available before returning to Christchurch.
DAY 15 Monday 28 March 2022 Queenstown
We depart Christchurch for Queenstown. We are negotiating visits to three private houses in the area. We will also have a photo opportunity at the beautiful Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd.
DAY 16 Tuesday 29 March 2022 Queenstown
This morning we visit Queenstown Country Club (Warren and Mahoney) spectacularly located in the Wakatipu Basin. Then a guided tour of the spectacular Arrowtown House by a Warren & Mahoney architect. The afternoon is free. This evening we will enjoy an included farewell dinner to celebrate the conclusion of the tour.
DAY 17 Wednesday 30 March 2022 Departure
We transfer to the airport for our flights back to Australia.
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International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.
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CANCELLATION CHARGES:Number of days before departure.
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|Over 90 days||Deposit refundable|
|90 - 61 days||$1000 per person|
|60 days or less||100% of full fare|
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“Many thanks to you both (and Travelrite) for a fantastic US tour! A very memorable experience indeed…and nice to meet all the Tour group as well!”
“What a delight and privilege it was for me to spend that time soaking in amazing architecture with such a lovely, interesting group of people. I enjoyed meeting all of you.”