The Auckland Art gallery is an architectural marvel and a gem, but what it holds inside makes it even more epic. I'll definitely be 'seeing you again' as the Kiwis say, next time I'm in Auckland. I went for the regular exhibition, although they did have a great line-up of contemporary artists in one of the spaces.
The cafe inside has free wifi and when I was there, countless people were sitting inside and doing work. The contemporary art collection was a sight to behold. The gallery had an Australian artist who I had never heard of but was evidently quite famous.
The most impressive thing about this museum was the portraits of famous Maori leaders from the 18th century to now. The detail, care and thought put into the biographies on the side shows how much the Kiwis care about their first nation's peoples.
They also had a space that showcased some of the best of feminist NZ literature and art I've seen. The Gallery also showcased ancient stone tools.
It will definitely be on my list of things to go visit when I'm next in Auckland. Well worth a look to get an insight into NZ, it's history and it's vibrant art scene.