Take a meandering walk through this lively selection from the Gallery's historical collection, filled with surprises that offer opportunities for imaginative time travel. From classical antiquity through to colonial-era Aotearoa New Zealand, it also opens perspectives on the global movement of objects, people, and ideas. Along the way, one can picture the moment when Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, the Pacific domain, starts to enter the public imagination at opposite ends of the world. From ancient stone carving through to a feast of painted and printed works, the works on display span over four thousand years and take in a range of media.

Opening Hours

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm


  • Corner Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street
  • Ōtautahi Christchurch, 8140