Guided Art Tours


The House is an important cultural and social historical site. Visiting the House is a not to be missed opportunity to understand not only what inspired a significant body of his work, but also how the family lived. The House is a highly characteristic example of the kind of dwelling—the weekend bach—that was very common half a century ago in places like Titirangi but which seldom survives in original condition today. 


See Art History in the making

A number of groups interested in art and architecture have taken the opportunity to have a private tour of the NZIA award winning house and, if the artist in residence is available, have also been able to visit the residency studio and meet and talk to the resident about their work. This is a very special opportunity to visit and experience an important part of New Zealand’s cultural history and see art history in the making, … all in one visit. 

Group visits by arrangement.


Group Tour:

Visit options: 

  1. Guided tour of House (includes 10 minute video on Colin McCahon and the time he spent in Titirangi)
  2. Artist talk with resident artist (dependent on availability)
  3. Drawing Lesson - kauri theme, based on McCahon response to the environment (support material and /or tutor can be supplied, 3 weeks notice preferred if requiring tutor)
  4. Morning or Afternoon tea in the cottage.  (catering is additional cost - call to discuss)
  5. Shop - we also offer a range of merchandise.   Every sale supports the McCahon House project. 

Any combination of visit options come with a suggested donation $5 per person.   

Bookings essential

Phone: 09 - 8176148 or 817 7200

Maximum 15 students (larger groups can be split)

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