Known as NZ Mural Town Katikati has over 75 pieces of artworks in their public gallery which is looked after by Katikati Open Air Art. Late 2018 saw the opening of the Arts Junction, a multiuse facility which houses the Visitor Information Centre, home for Katikati Open Air Art, gift shop, gallery and the Junction Theatre, a multi purpose theatre that accommodates stage performances, cinema and exhibition space.
Katikati now boasts four art galleries and has many private studios that you can visit by arrangement. We are privileged to have the only museum in the whole of the Western Bay of Plenty. There is a strong Theatre Group, Folk Club, Camera Club, Art Group and more.
Stroll down the acclaimed Haiku Pathway which weaves alongside the Uretara Stream in the heart of Katikati. This pathway is the only one of its kind outside Japan and features over 40 haiku poems which are carved onto river boulders. Each short poem has been chosen to reflect its location and provides a novel way to reflect on your peaceful surroundings.
This pathway also links up with the popular Yeoman Walkway. Explore the Uretara estuary and wetlands just on the outskirts of town – home to lots of native birds and several more interesting sculptures.
The arts are alive in Katikati.