— Wilderness Mag on Miniature Hikes
“If art should be accessible, participatory and fun, then Kemi and Niko have succeeded spectacularly”
Gather the whānau and head outdoors for an artful expedition in search of bespoke little huts full of stories and imagination.
Inspired by iconic huts of rural and alpine Aotearoa, this collection of handcrafted structures await discovery along the Kāpiti Coast, from Paekākāriki to Ōtaki. Roaming around Wellington and the Hutt Valley you may also be surprised by a pop-up hut enticing you further afield to find its regional siblings.
Playing with architectural forms typically found in the backcountry, artists Kemi Niko & Co. have co-designed and built five enchanting mini- huts with Kāpiti Coast communities, using salvaged materials that tell stories rich with history. Housed within each unique hut are logbooks where you can share your thoughts with other explorers. Writers Mandy Hager, Apirana Taylor, Chris Maclean, Bernard Beckett and Renée have gifted each hut with its own short story.
Grab a map in January and lose yourself in the adventure of discovering hidden wild spaces and creations right on your doorstep.
Commissioned by New Zealand Festival of Arts.