Len Lye Centre

Gallery in New Plymouth

Image by Patrick Reynolds

'Great art goes 50-50 with great architecture', so said Len Lye, the world-beating NZ artist (1901–80) to whom this contemporary-art gallery is dedicated. And indeed, the architecture is amazing: an interlocking facade of tall, mirror-clad concrete flutes, inside which is a series of galleries linked by ramps housing Lye's works – kinetic, noisy and surprising. It also has a cinema, kids' art sessions and the broader Govett-Brewster Art Gallery next door. Don't miss it.