About Art Break Waihi
All bookings are two nights (Wednesday to Friday or Friday to Sunday) and are scheduled around bus times from Auckland. This should work whether travelling by car or by bus. Find us on the map below.
How many people at a time on an artbreak?
A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 painting participants.
How much is it and what's included?
The cost for an art break per person per weekend ranges from $200 to $420, whether you are single or room sharing and also the room in which you are staying. Non-painting partners are $100 off the share price.
Refer to the accommodation and pricing page for a full list of rates.
Fully guided: A 'taster' for Acrylic, Water colour and inks. Suitable for all levels for Acrylics and inks and beginners in water colour.
The Artbreak is tailored to guests needs, the tides and the weather. Typically it includes a short overview of the course and of colour on the day/evening of arrival. The next day we have a demonstration and guidance with painting an acrylic beach scene. Painting at the beach is optional and weather dependent after the demonstration and initial painting experiment. We all enjoy a couple of hours free time during the day, the timing of this depending on when the group elects this and the tides. This is a chance to browse the shops, go for a walk or just chill. Guests also have the option of working with pen and ink or carrying on with their acrylic painting.
On the third day there is are demonstrations on skills and ideas for painting with watercolour. There is emphasis on experimenting and trying out techniques to create personal cards and tags to take home. We finish with a relaxing lunch and enjoy the creative energy and connections we have made.
Since starting in 2015, the sessions have been tweeked and altered to the above outline through responding to the guests and to what we see has worked best. Our responsive approach will be ongoing and there are already ideas of features we would like to include in the future. In the meantime, we are enjoying the process and have been bowled over by the feedback from participants who have enjoyed it so much they have come back and have taken up art (and ukelele) courses so they can keep learning.
Art materials and any artistic guidance is included
- paints - both acrylic and water colour
- artists paper and canvas board
- easels if requested
- paper palettes
- beach stools or chairs
- coloured inks and pens
Contact us if you have a group who would like an independent art project option:
Bring your own art materials and have fun working on your own project alongside fellow artists. See our blog entry for our first 'independent free-form' art break. Something extra happens when artists group. It seems to create a positive supportive vibe and is very motivating. Great for those preparing for an exhibition or have just been procrastinating too long...or anybody really.
Wednesday - Friday Break:
Arrive Wednesday between 3 and 5.30pm (we are fairly flexible) – Depart Friday after lunch.
- 2 breakfasts (Thursday and Friday)
- 2 lunches (Wednesday – Friday inclusive)
- nibbles and wine and dine in. (Wednesday night)
- All eat out at own cost on Thursday night after provided nibbles and wine.
- Morning and afternoon tea.
Friday - Sunday Break:
Friday from 3pm (or as people arrive from after work) – Sunday after lunch
- Friday night nibbles, wine and dinner provided
- 2 breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday)
- Meal out at own cost after nibbles and wine at the bach. (Saturday night)
- morning and afternoon tea.
What do I need to bring?
Weather at the beach can vary so bring enough clothes to be comfortable when it is cooler as well as your summer beach clothes when it is warm. Depending on the weather we may be spending a good bit of time at the beach so bring hats for sun or cold if need.
A good raincoat can be a good wind-breaker as well as keeping you dry if need be.
Togs (swimming suit) - our beach is great for a summer dip -and there are hot pools nearby for the winter-.. and sun screen and insect repellent for the summer.
If you prefer to bring your own paint that's all good.
If you have a non-painting partner, bring him or her along - they are very welcome. See under local activites in the drop-down menu as to what there is to do in the area and see our blog for further information.
Bring your senses of adventure, humour and passion for life with you!
Where are we?
2 Edwards Street, Waihi Beach.
By car: approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes if not stopping.
Head South from Auckland via SH1 to turn off to Tauranga, SH2. Pass through Ngatea, Paeroa and Waihi. 5 minutes South of Waihi town en route to Tauranga, turn left into Waihi Beach Road.
Once see the sea you will come to a roundabout. Turn right into Wilson Rd to drive through Waihi Beach village. Continue onto Seaforth Road. Number 2 is the second house from the corner of Edwards Street and Ians Way.
By car: 45 minutes
Travel North on SH2 through Katikati. Turn right onto Athenree Road. At roundabout turn left onto Seaforth Road and first on the left after the bridge is Edwards Street.
By car: 90 minutes
Via Pyes Pah Road (highway 36) then SH2. Travel North on SH2 through Katikati. Turn right onto Athenree Road. At roundabout turn left onto Seaforth Road and first on the left after the bridge is Edwards Street.
By car: 85 minutes
Head towards Paeroa on SH26. At Paeroa turn right onto SH2 to Waihi.
5 minutes South of Waihi town en route to Tauranga, turn left into Waihi Beach Road.
Once see the sea you will come to a roundabout. Turn right into Wilson Road to drive through Waihi Beach village. Continue onto Seaforth Road. Number 2 is the second house from the corner of Edwards Street and Ians Way.
Travelling by bus?
If you are travelling by bus you can see timetables on the InterCity website. Look to get to the Waihi (7 minute drive away from our bach) where we can collect you. Please let us know if you do need collecting.