About The Little Gallery


Coromandel’s Famous Contemporary Art Gallery: The Little Gallery

Since 2013, The Little Gallery Tairua has gained a strong reputation as a leading contemporary art gallery and a must-see cultural destination in the picturesque Coromandel. With the opening of a second gallery in Whangamata in November 2017, The Little Gallery continues to offer a diverse, ever-changing range of original paintings, prints, sculptures, weaving, ceramics and more in Whangamata and Tairua.

Owned by Faye Saunders, a lover of all things art, under her capable guidance the galleries are operated with a team of local Coromandel and New Zealand Artists who volunteer in the galleries.  Art lovers are afforded the unique opportunity to meet local artists and achieve new levels of understanding of the works exhibited from a first-hand perspective. If you are looking for things to do in Tairua or things to do in Whangamata then The Little Gallery is a must!

The Little Gallery is proud to represent a stable of over 50 established New Zealand artists and showcase the diversity of Coromandel talent. With the vast majority of exhibited artwork by local Coromandel artists or those with a strong affiliation to the region, a visit to the gallery offers a visual feast of New Zealand artwork; a creative experience never to be forgotten.

Members of the gallery's volunteer team include artists, Liz HartMichael Harrison, Jean McCann, Tina Carey, Jennifer Panther, Pauline Hooker, Susan Dunster and Kate Hill in Tairua, as well as Joanne Mahoney, Bernie Ross, Mardi O’Shea, in Whangamata.

With new artworks arriving every week and artwork rotating regularly, there is something for everyone and always something new to see.

We would love to show you around The Little Gallery and let you discover for yourself the remarkable talent of New Zealand award winning artists – visit us in Tairua or Whangamata today!

We've had some great reviews on TripAdvisor!

Things to do in Whangamata

"A Favourite Stop"
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed 27 August 2018

I was relieved to see this little gem reopen under new ownership. The diversity of the artwork is inspiring and features many local artists. Well worth a visit!

"Lovely gallery by local artists"
[4 of 5 stars] Reviewed 28 June 2018

Enjoyed my visit some lovely pieces plenty of variety for gifts as well well worth a visit, in the Main Street worth a stop. 


Things to do in Tairua

"The Best Little Gallery"
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed 3 November 2018

This really has to be the Best Little Gallery in New Zealand that I have come across. A delightful range of artworks, a visual feast with variety and interest in every piece. The staff are fabulous, and it’s great to speak directly to some of the artists themselves. This gallery has to be visited when you are in Tairua and it’s environs.

"Worth going to"
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed 8 October 2018

Loved visiting this gallery again on our recent holiday. There is always something new and interesting from a range of local artists in a range of mediums. Again could not resist a purchase. Item was packaged up safely so we could continue with our travels.