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We believe Alcove Arts couldn’t have found a better location, situated in the heart of the Far North – a unique subtropical landscape with native forests, towering waterfalls and golden sandy bays.

It has provided inspiration for many a NZ artist since the 70s when much of the existing artistic community arrived.


A key person in this creative hub was gifted artists and potter Toby Stafford who built and worked from the current studio until his passing in 2006.

His artistic contribution to the region will never be forgotten and we feel immensely privileged to be able to continue to use this site in support of local arts and the community.

The existing studios are currently undergoing renovation as an admin office, library, gallery and studio big enough for large-scale residency projects and collaborations including dance and theatre.

Alcove Arts eagerly anticipatesthe launch of its Artists In Residency program in Summer 2016


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From Auckland

Follow State Highway 1 north of Whangarei until you reach State Highway 10. This will come shortly after Kawakawa on your right and be clearly signposted Kerikeri/Bay of Islands/Doubtless Bay/Route 10. If you find yourself in Okaihau or Kaikohe – turn around!


From Doubtless Bay

After driving past Kerikeri you will arrive in Doubtless Bay. Drive through Cable Bay and turn left onto Oruru Road, which comes immediately after a long one-way bridge. Continue for about 14kms then turn left onto Kohumaru Road. Take the first right onto Fern Flat Road. After about 3kms you will see Shepherd Road on your right. Alcove Arts is the second driveway on the left of Shepherd Road.