Whale Tales Art Trail 2022


Organised By: WWF-New Zealand

Event Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Event Address: Streets, parks, beaches and public spaces


Event Time: All day

Event Date: 24/01/2022

End Date: 18/04/2022

Event Price: Free


Whale Tales 2022, an incredible immersive public art trail, is surfacing in Tāmaki Makaurau this January!

80 Tails telling 80 tales will be dotted across Auckland streets, parks, and open spaces for 12 weeks starting 24 January 2022.

Each giant Tail is inspired by a healthy ocean and designed by some of Aotearoa’s most talented artists. Follow the outdoor trail for some fabulous family fun, or wander through with friends to find your own favourite.

WWF-New Zealand has partnered with Wild in Art, Auckland Unlimited, and Harcourts NZ to bring the trail to the City of Sails and raise awareness of the vital work WWF-New Zealand does to look after our ocean, including our beautiful Hauraki Gulf and its endangered resident, the Bryde’s Whale. There are only 135 Bryde’s whales left in the Hauraki Gulf, and it is a “Nationally Critical” species. Together, we can help restore the Gulf and protect the future of this taonga species.

Explore the unique and stunning whale Tail sculptures, designed by talented artists and students, and sponsored by generous businesses and organisations. Every Tail has its own tale too, so soak up the rich stories as you journey through the trail.

And the legacy of Whale Tales continues long after the trail ends.  The sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for WWF-New Zealand’s vital work to protect and restore the Hauraki Gulf and the Bryde’s whales that call it home.

Cost: Free public event all over Auckland

How to participate:

  • Download the Trail Map
    Trail Map
  • Download the Whale Tales 2022 App from App store or Google Play (available for download now – see the Art Trail page
  • Pick up a map from your local Harcourts office

Share your tale with us on the Whale Tales App or social pages!

Head to our Events Page to find out more about the Farewell Weekend and Auction

Check out our THEME WEEKS during the trail and  the activations and experiences happening around them.

  • Week 1: Of-Fish-ally launched (24 Jan – 30 Jan)
  • Week 2: Kia Ora Tāmaki Makaurau ( 31 Jan – 6 Feb)
  • Week 3: Blue Backyard (7 Feb – 13 Feb)
  • Week 4: Pod Pride (14 Feb – 20 Feb)
  • Week 5: Climate Action (21 Feb  – 27 Feb)
  • Week 6: Health & Wellbeing (28 Feb – 6 Mar)
  • Week 7: Taste (7 Mar – 13 Mar)
  • Week 8: Arts & Culture (14 Mar – 20 Mar)
  • Week 9: Support WWF (21 Mar – 27 Mar)
  • Week 10: Tech & Innovation (28 Mar – 3 Apr)
  • Week 11: Friends & Family (4 Apr – 10 Apr)
  • Week 12: The Final Splash (11 Apr – 18 Apr)

A series of special events will be happening throughout the trail, including;

Mid-March 2022, Our Pēpi Pod will join the trail!  80 mini whale Tail sculptures, lovingly painted by students across Auckland will be at indoor locations in small pods.

Vector Lights present a Whale Tales light show across the Harbour Bridge!

  • 7 shows per night 21-26 Jan 2022, every 30 mins from 9.00pm to midnight
  • 12 shows per night 27 April – 3 May 2022, every 30 mins from 6.30pm to midnight

Earth Hour – an Hour that could change decades!

Held every year, Earth Hour engages businesses, communities, and individuals across the world to turn off their lights for the planet! Earth Hour 2022 is during Whale Tales – on March 26th at 8:30pm – and we’d love you to take part!  Whale Tales is supporting WWF Earth Hour with a series of activities around Auckland, but if you cannot attend one of these, simply turn off your lights for one hour at home and support this world initiative.

  •  26 March 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Whale Tales 2022 Art Trail