McCahons Auckland

Signs and symbols to live by? — Colin McCahon, Gate III and contemporary practice

'McCahon's Auckland' is a unique opportunity to experience Auckland through the filter of one of our most influential artists. 

Our aim is for 'McCahon's Auckland' to become a daily service for locals and visitors to experience some of the social history of Tāmaki Makaurau, the unique bush and beach, and the work of Colin McCahon.

Kitchen Mural

A reproduction of the original ‘Kitchen Mural’ (circa 1953-58) was installed as part of the home’s 2005 restoration. Photograph by Jeremy Toth.

1McCahon House
2French Bay Walk
McCahon House
French Bay Walk
Te Uru is a regional contemporary gallery in Titirangi. You can either walk there from McCahon House (allow at least 40 minutes, uphill), or ride the bus (see bus schedule for bus times).

'McCahon's Auckland' is a unique opportunity to experience Auckland through the filter of one of our most influential artists. 

Our aim is for 'McCahon's Auckland' to become a daily service for locals and visitors to experience some of the social history of Tāmaki Makaurau, the unique bush and beach, and the work of Colin McCahon.

Narrated bus tours from Auckland Art Gallery to McCahon House

We are working towards the regular offering of a bus running between Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and McCahon House, recreating the same commuter trip that Colin McCahon himself took while working at the gallery. This route has art-historical significance, as it directly inspired the two series Towards Auckland and Towards Manukau. The Bus trip also provided both space and views which informed many of his later works. 

In addition to learning more about McCahon's Titirangi paintings and work at Auckland Art Gallery, commuters will also hear stories of local tangata whenua, Western Springs, Crown Lynn pottery studio, native flora and fauna, and other colourful anecdotes of the evolution of Auckland Tāmakai Makaurau into the city we know and love today.

Until such time as sufficient funding enables us to run the bus service regularly, we are only able to offer this experience on an occasional basis. If you would like to reserve a seat on the next McCahon House bus tour please email us with this request to mccahon@mccahonhouse.org.nz

Self Guided Walks

Walk the same landscape McCahon walked and painted. Experience French Bay, the Manukau Harbour and McCahon's beloved kauri trees⁠—all familiar subjects from work painted in the 1950s. We suggest two walks:

McCahon House - French Bay: an easy 5 minute stroll down Otitori Bay Road from McCahon House, French Bay has long been a favourite recreational spot for people in Titirangi. It was painted many times by McCahon, and affords views of the Manukau Harbour which informs the painting series of the same name. 

McCahon House - Te Uru: the uphill walk to Te Uru Waitākare Contemporary Gallery connects the two pre-eminent arts organisations in Titirangi. The walk takes approximately 30 minutes each way and emulates a route often walked by the McCahons. 

 

67 Otitori Bay Road
French Bay
Titirangi, Auckland

 

Open
Wed-Sun 1-4pm or
by appointment