Taken from https://www.gadventures.com/blog/new-zealand-fun-fact/
For an authentic and entirely different Kiwi experience, nothing compares to immersing yourself in the local arts and culture.
The richness and diversity of Maori culture, including its literature, museums, and performing arts will impress not only the regular travelers but also the most sophisticated arts and culture aficionado.
In New Zealand, one of the great ways to discover and experience the indigenous culture is to visit the arts and crafts market all over the country. Here are some tips to guide every traveler who wish to explore the arts and crafts scene in the land of Kiwis.
Read and research
Before you set off on your Kiwi holiday, know what to expect by planning your trip ahead. Even if you’re the spontaneous type of traveler, you have to read up on the specific aspects of the arts and culture you want to immerse in, such as the artists and the type or style of arts. It helps to have some knowledge so that you won’t get lost or clueless when you’re visiting an unfamiliar place.
Know where to go
There are lots of art galleries in New Zealand to delight the senses of the avid arts and culture buff. But if the huge price tags scare you, know that there are equally great alternatives that can offer stunning works of art at prices that won’t hurt your travel budget. On weekends, several arts and crafts markets like the Queenstown’s Arts and Crafts Market are open and feature a wide variety of local handmade items and art works for sale.
Experience Maori culture through arts
In NZ, you can see for yourself how local artists carve on wood, weave, and make tattoos. Aside from buying their products that you can bring home, immerse yourself further in the experience by creating your own artwork there, like oil painting and carving. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to live like a local in New Zealand by experiencing its traditional art.