80 tails, 80 tales, 80 artists, 12 weeks, 1 city, 1 mission

We are excited to launch our latest trail in Auckland, New Zealand in partnership with WWF New Zealand, Auckland Unlimited and Presenting Partner Harcourts NZ.

Taking place from 24 January – 18 April 2022, Whale Tales celebrates Aotearoa, art and marine conservation and transforms Tāmaki Makaurau – the city of sails into the city of tails!

Inspired by the Bryde’s Whale, the 80 Big Broos (large Tail sculptures) have taken over Auckland’s streets, parks, and open spaces providing residents and visitors with a fresh opportunity to explore the city and the surrounding area.

Each one-of-a-kind sculpture has been designed by professional and emerging artists including those from Weta Workshop, Otis Frizzell, Bonnie Brown and Sofia Minson and have been sponsored by generous local organisations and individuals.

Whale Tales will not only raise much-needed awareness around New Zealand’s forgotten whale – the Bryde’s whale, but after the trail each sculpture will be auctioned to help restore their home in the Hauraki Gulf.

The Gulf is an area of huge significance for Bryde’s whales, acting as a nursery where they give birth and raise their calves but the many pressures on the Gulf, from plastic pollution to overfishing, out-of-balance ecosystems and more is threatening their survival.

Currently, Bryde’s whales are classified as ‘nationally critical’ – New Zealand’s highest threat level. With only around 135 Bryde’s whales left, they could soon disappear forever.

Find out more at whaletales2022.org


Whale Tales Auckland, New Zealand