Educational Resources on this website:

Art Lesson Plans for NCEA Art History Level 3 and NCEA Visual Art - Painting level 1 and 2.  Also a Junior Art Task.

McCahon's art and kauri - McCahon's art influenced by the kauri

Kauri Dieback Programme - Kauri Dieback 

History of the McCahon House and Colin McCahon

Biography and external links on Colin McCahon and his art

Information for School and Tertiary Students

Book a school visit


"Set in a Titirangi bush valley, among mature kauri and nikau, the McCahon House emerges as a sentinel of New Zealand's deep and spiritual association with the bush.  A thorough and thoughtful restoration of a building that is at once both understated and powerful.  This project allows the visitor to experience the living conditions of a great artist and the sacrifice required by all that lived in the house.  A cleverly thought through insertion of interpretive elements that maintains and enhances the atmospheric integrity of the house, intensifying its sense of place and the importance of Colin McCahon as a creative thinker."

New Zealand Architecture Award 2009 - Heritage


Photo Credit: Sam Hartnett



“You’ve got to know exactly when to stop or you’ll squeeze out all the feeling…”
                                                                                                - Colin McCahon