Have a surreal time in Wellington
The Surrealists have come to Te Papa and to celebrate we've rounded up Wellington's most surprising, unexpected and surreal things to do
Surrealist Art | He Toi Pohewa
12 Jun – 31 Oct 2021
Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
You don’t need to travel to Europe to see a world-famous art collection including Surrealist works by artists Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington, René Magritte and Marcel Duchamp. All you need to do is get yourself to Te Papa.
Surrealist Art: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen | He Toi Pohewa: He Toi Marupō o Muhiama o Boijmans Van Beuningen features 180 fascinating pieces spanning from the 1920s to the 1960s and includes work by all of the major Surrealist artists.
See nature's own surrealist exhibition
Nature does a pretty good job of conjuring up the bizarre and seemingly impossible and Wairarapa's Putangirua Pinnacles is like something dreamed up by a surrealist artist.
These incredible natural rock formations have been millions of years in the making; around seven million years ago, the Aorangi Range was an island. As the mountains eroded, scree and gravel were washed down to the coast, where they formed a sedimentary layer. Over the past 120,000 years, the Putangirua Stream has exposed this ancient layer of gravel to the erosive forces of rain and floods. Some of the sediments stayed concreted together, while others washed away.
Take a walk and see these surreal rock formations for yourself.
The surrealist drink in town
5/22 Herd Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Crocshakes are like no milkshake you've ever experienced before. Crocshakes are not bound by the top of their cup - they expand upwards and outwards and with incredible sculptural components that will amaze you.
But this is one work of art that's completely edible - but don't ask us how. A word from the wise: don't wear your best white t-shirt when you're planning to take on a Crocshake.
The most bizarre loo in Wellington
12 Queens Wharf, Wellington waterfront, Wellington
Go in Surrealist style at the public unisex and accessible Lobster Loos at Kumutoto precinct on Queens Wharf. These distinctive architecturally designed facilities were formed from two concrete 'tentacles' covered over by a red-orange steel shroud.
These surrealist-style loos have received international attention, including being voted third best public toilets in the world by the website Design Curial, beating thousands of entries from around the world.