Part of the exhibition was visible from the ferry, on the headland at Matiatia Bay, not far from where the ferry docks.
We caught the shuttle to the start of the walk, which returns to Matiatia Wharf. The route was the same as 2 years ago. I guess it probably always has been the same, but I didn’t recognize it before this year.
The great thing about Sculpture on the Gulf is walking and enjoying art in that great setting. The coast of Waiheke offers views across Hauraki Gulf to Motutapu and Rangitoto Islands, central Auckland and the Sky Tower (the latter not visible in the picture below).
Boats have a special significance to Pacific Island cultures, including Maori. They show up in a lot of New Zealand art.
New Zealand law insures public access to the foreshore. That’s just the land that is underwater at the highest tide , but fortunately tracks along the coast above the waterline seem to be the norm. You see some impressive lawns along the walk, and in many cases you can’t see a house. A line between stakes indicates the boundary of the walkway (see the header image at the very top of the page).
The Headland Sculpture Walk follows a generous strip of land along the coast, but the headland itself is the largest open public space.
Two years ago I attended the last day of the sculpture walk, and went to the Lantern Festival the following weekend. This year the Sculpture Walk ended the weekend after the Lantern Festival. This may be due to the latter being scheduled on the lunar calendar – I’m not really sure.
This summer, as every scheduled event approached, I watched the weather, hoping it would clear. We went to Waiheke on Sunday, the last day of the Sculpture Walk. Fortunately we got a day without rain. The walk was closed for a few days earlier due to the wet and unsafe conditions.
Part of the sky, at least, was blue by mid-afternoon, and it got hot and sunny… and humid.
Signs warn visitors to take it slow as the trail gets a bit steep in places as it leaves the headland and follows the coast of Matiatia Bay back to the wharf.
We had parked in Devonport to take advantage of the late ferries and spend as much time as possible on Waiheke Island. When we got back to Matiatia Wharf we caught a bus into Oneroa and had dinner on Oneroa Beach, enjoying the view of Oneroa Bay.
After dinner we strolled along the beach. As always the landscape was even more photogenic during the golden hour before sunset.
It was a long day, but a good one. We caught the bus back to Matiatia Wharf, then the ferry to Auckland, and finally one more ferry to Devonport.
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