Level 5, Te PapaCurrent exhibition
In which of the colonies is there such diversity of scenery as New Zealand, where there are mountains lofty as the alps of Europe, fiords more impressive than those of Norway, forests statelier than any of the old world, and a volcanic region more weirdly wonderful than the classic one of the Mediterranean.
Catalogue of New Zealand exhibits, Colonial and Indian Exhibition, 1886
New Zealand’s spectacular scenery captivated European artists and photographers who came here in the 1800s. With no works by Old Masters to copy, nature was their training ground.
To perfect their art, these pioneers braved the elements, producing depictions that ranged from untouched worlds to romantic wonderlands and pictures of domestication.