Whale Tales goes global!

Whale Tales, the incredible immersive public art trail celebrating Aotearoa, art, and marine conservation has gone global with a new virtual trail.

80 tail sculptures designed by 80 artists are telling 80 stories of a healthy ocean inspired by Hauraki Gulf resident – the Bryde’s whale – and they are wowing Auckland residents and visitors alike.

Now, Kiwis and art trail lovers near and far, can enjoy a virtual trail created by sponsor Pop That!

“Whale Tales has made a huge splash in Tāmaki Makaurau, and now it’s time for the rest of the world to see this incredible trail,” says Livia Esterhazy, WWF-New Zealand CEO. “In the age of COVID, we wanted to ensure the trail was accessible to everyone to experience this magical event. We are so grateful to Pop That! for making it possible for everyone – here, there, and everywhere – to get amongst it,”

For Wild in Art, the virtual trail is an innovative way to allow more people, young and old or near and far, to experience and engage with the trail. 

“We’ve been delivering art trails globally since 2008 and we’re delighted that the virtual trail will give so many of our trail followers across the world the chance to discover the whale tails (and tales), and see a bit more of Auckland. Our thanks go to Pop That! and our partner, WWF-New Zealand, for making it happen. It certainly sets the benchmark for future trails,” says Wild in Art Managing Director and Co-founder, Charlie Langhorne.

The trail runs until 18 April, before the tails are auctioned off to raise funds for WWF-New Zealand’s vital work for our ocean and marine species.

“The auction will give you the chance to bring one (or more) home by bidding on it at our auction on 2 May 2022!  So, not only can you own an incredible piece of art, but the funds raised will go to support WWF’s vital work to protect our ocean and marine species, like the Hauraki Gulf’s national critically resident Bryde’s whale,” says Esterhazy.

The Whale Tales virtual trail can be explored via the Whale Tales website.

Whale Tales is brought to you by WWF-New Zealand and Wild in Art and made possible through the support of Auckland Unlimited and, presenting partner, Harcourts.