World of WearableArt® is proud to acknowledge that The Great Journeys of New Zealand are supporting WOW® as a major partner.

If there’s one thing World of WearableArt and The Great Journeys of New Zealand truly have in common, it’s that we both put the world’s best on show. Our shared passion for taking people beyond the ordinary guides us on our journey together.

There’s a natural alignment between The Great Journeys of New Zealand and World of WearableArt. World of WearableArt gives designers a stage to showcase their work and we use New Zealand as the greatest stage on Earth.” Ella Street, The Great Journeys of New Zealand

The World’s Greatest Stage for Designers

Each year the WOW Awards Competition presents designers with six design challenges, which subsequently form the six worlds of the stage show. Three of these worlds are recurring – Aotearoa, Avant-garde and Open, and three change year to year. New for 2019 are the worlds Mythology, Transform and White.

The Aotearoa sections invites designers to draw on New Zealand’s own deep sense of place, to celebrate who we are as peoples and what makes us proud. Designers are tasked with showing New Zealand and its people through their own eyes.

To bring our partnership to life, WOW and The Great Journeys of New Zealand invited finalist designer Stephanie Cossens to join us on an Interislander journey through the Marlborough Sounds along with her award-winning garment, Kākāpō Queen. 

Kakapo Queen, Stefanie Cossens, New Zealand

Kakapo Queen, Stefanie Cossens, New Zealand

Kākāpō Queen appeared on stage in the Aotearoa section of the 2018 WOW Awards Show and was runner up in the WETA Workshop Emerging Designer Award.

With Kākāpō numbers in decline, Stephanie was compelled to draw attention to New Zealand’s native endangered species. The garment is made entirely by hand; the attention to detail is a sight to be seen.

Kākāpō Queen, Stephanie Cossens, New Zealand

Close-up detail of Kākāpō Queen.

I have taken time to produce the quirky details of the Kākāpō’s appearance, incorporating ceramics to create its striking green feathers and unusual nostrils”.

Kākāpō Queen, Stephanie Cossens, New Zealand

Kākāpō Queen on stage in the Aotearoa Section of the 2018 World of WearableArt Awards Show 

Journey Beyond The Ordinary

Great Journeys proudly takes you on a journey through some of the best landscapes in the world, showcasing the very best of New Zealand. So who better to take you to the World of WearableArt Awards Show?

Northern Explorer

Northern Explorer

The Northern Explorer train will take you through the heart of New Zealand, running from Auckland to Wellington on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. And if you are in the South Island, riding the Coastal Pacific means the adventure will start the moment you board the train. The Coastal Pacific returns just in time for the 2019 WOW Show season running daily from Christchurch to Picton from September 27th 2019.

Coastal Pacific

To make a train booking, check out the fares and timetable and book your journey today.

If you’re coming from the South Island there really is no better way to get to your destination than over the pristine waters of the Cook Strait. Say goodbye to the South Island as you sail off on the Interislander ferry; for the next three and a half hours, you’ll enjoy nothing but ocean views on one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world. Interislander arrives into Wellington daily and booking is easy. Just check the timetable and make your booking online.

Interislander ferry

Interislander ferry

To support the partnership The Great Journeys of New Zealand, are offering a journey beyond the ordinary, with free bubbles on the Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific trains and special fares on Interislander Cook Strait ferry crossings.

So this year, why not join The Great Journeys of New Zealand as they travel through our beautiful country to the 2019 World of WearableArt Awards Show.

Book your tickets and take a seat. This is going to be good.