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80 tails telling 80 tales of a healthy ocean in Aotearoa’s largest public art trail of 2022.


Learn more about how you can become a part of Whale Tales through sponsorship opportunities.


Learn more about the incredible artists bringing the Whale Tale sculptures to life


Schools, colleges, and community groups from across New Zealand are invited to join in the fun.

Whale Tales Art Trail, Auckland 2022

In January 2022, A truly immersive experience celebrating Aotearoa, art, and marine conservation comes to Tāmaki Makaurau. Whale Tales is a public art trail exploring the City of Sails, and you’re invited!

From 24 January- 18 April 2022 a trail of unique and stunning whale tail sculptures, designed by artists and children, sponsored by business and organisations will animate Tāmaki Makaurau and bring to life themes of protecting and restoring the mauri of our Ocean. Inspired by the Bryde’s Whale, these 80 sculptures will dot Auckland’s streets, parks, and open spaces to provide residents and visitors a fresh opportunity to explore the City of Sails.

The legacy of Whale Tales will continue long after the fun of the trail has ended with the sculptures being auctioned to raise significant funds to power the vital work WWF-New Zealand does to look after our moana (ocean) and her marine life throughout Aotearoa, particularly in and around the Hauraki Gulf.

Now is your chance to become involved with and be a part of this very special project.

Latest News

25th September 2021

Be in to win a Mini Whale Tail  Calling budding creatives - now is your chance to showcase your artistic talents, by winning a fin-tastic Mini Whale Tail Sculpture.  You can paint or coat your way with a krill-iant canvas. Ma.... Read More

25th September 2021

Harcourts Support for ‘Whale of a Tale’ Community Art Trail in January Colourful whale tail art installations will soon be dotted throughout Auckland and in many schools across the region, thanks to a special event pa.... Read More

20th August 2021

The Whale Tales artists are still getting creative during lockdown, so we want young eco-warriors to show their creative skills too! Download the colouring page. Entries will be split into the following categories: Under 5 .... Read More
Blue Maomao fish resting in Trinity Cave, Mokohinau Islands, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand

22nd June 2021

WWF-New Zealand: A Positive Change for Tīkapa Moana, the Hauraki Gulf MEDIA RELEASE 22 June 2021 WWF-New Zealand is thrilled to finally see the Government take action to revitalize the Gulf – based on Tai Timu Tai Pari.... Read More

30th May 2021

Delighted to welcome creative crew from Pop That to the 'Sculpture Sponsors pod'. An emerging business with a shoestring sized Marketing Budget, Sculpture sponsorship was 'the push button, high impact, low cost' marketing sol.... Read More

20th May 2021

TVNZ's Seven Sharp presenters Hilary Barry and Jeremy Wells donned artist gear and painted their very own mini Whale Tail - guided by New Zealand artist, Otis Frizzell. Click here to check out the full story!.... Read More

1st May 2020

A COVID-19 Update Last year, due to COVID-19, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone the Whale Tales Art Trail. Now, we’re excited to announce that we officially have new trail dates: January 24 - April 18 2022. W.... Read More

2nd April 2020

Whale Tales is on the hunt for artists to be a part of a truly magical event coming to Auckland in Summer/Autumn 2021. For 10 weeks, Whale Tales, a public art sculpture trail exploring Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, will showcase 70 .... Read More

11th February 2020

Whale Tales Auckland 2022 100 tails, 100 tales, 100 artists, 10 week, 1 city, 1 mission presented by WWF-New Zealand, Auckland Unlimited, & Wild in Art A truly immersive experience celebrating Aotearoa, art, and marine conse.... Read More

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