About The Little Gallery


Coromandel’s Famous Contemporary Art Gallery: The Little Gallery

Art is personal and no one understands that more than The Little Gallery owner Sarah Holden. A lover of abstract and impressionist modern art and a past student of art history, Sarah manages the gallery as a co-operative with a team of local Coromandel and New Zealand artists. Under Sarah’s capable guidance 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 branch in Whangamata in November 2017, The Little Gallery continues to offer a diverse, ever-changing range of modern paintings, prints, sculptures, jewellery and more in a new corner of the Coromandel. Operated on the same co-operative basis as The Little Gallery Tairua, 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.

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 smorgasbord of distinctly Coromandel delights; a creative experience never to be forgotten.

Members of the gallery's volunteer team include artists Paula McNeill (head curator), Tina Carey, Liz Hart, Jude Elliot, Kay de Blaauw, Dhyana Muir, and Kate Hill in Tairua, as well as Joanne Mahoney, Bernie Ross, Lynne Robinson, Mardi O’Shea, Sue Jamieson, Kate Jones Madill, and Linda Bigge in Whangamata.

Each year the gallery hosts a number of group exhibitions and events, enabling art lovers to engage with artists and artworks on a more personal basis. With new artworks arriving every week and exhibitions 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 artists – visit us in Tairua or Whangamata today!

We've had some great reviews on TripAdvisor!


"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. 



"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.