© WWF-New Zealand

Whale Tales was a free family-friendly outdoors arts trail held early 2022 in Tāmaki Makaurau, inspired by the Hauraki Gulf's threatened Bryde's whale!

A trail of 80 one-of-a-kind ‘Big Broo’ whale tail sculptures, designed by known and up-and-coming New Zealand artists, were dotted around Auckland from January - April 2022.

Whale Tales provided countless fun days out for friends and families alike - all while raising vital funds to help save Aotearoa's Bryde's whales and restore their home in the Hauraki Gulf.



© Fa'amele Etuale / WWF-New Zealand

What were the artworks?

Every Tail was a one-of-a-kind artwork, created by artists across Aotearoa, and each with a beautiful tale to tell.

The artists included well-known names such as Wētā Workshop, Jeff Thomson, Otis Frizzell, Bonnie Brown…and so many more.

Each artwork offered a unique creative experience but all had the same mission: To help us protect our marine environment and its residents, including the mighty Bryde’s whale.

Thanks to…

We couldn’t have created this experience without the support of our wonderful partners. Whale Tales is a Wild in Art event in partnership with Auckland Unlimited, presented by Harcourts