The Owls have landed in Auckland for the Haier Big Hoot Art Trail

Super-sized owl sculptures have flown in from across New Zealand and descended on Auckland for the Haier Big Hoot art trail. Over 100 owls have landed in parks, public spaces, malls and libraries, turning Auckland into a virtual aviary from today until Sunday 06 May.

There are 47 giant owls (1.65m) that have been individually designed by Kiwi and International artists. Artists who have created owls include Dick Frizzell, Jeff Thomson, Flox, Peata Larkin, Wayne Youle, Anna Leyland, Weilun Ha and Grace Wright, along with some of New Zealand’s most exciting up and coming creatives. Joining the giant owls are 60 owlets (90cm) – many designed by Auckland school students.

The Haier Big Hoot ( offers great, free family entertainment, exploring Auckland and tracking down each owl. Find them all using the trail map within the Big Hoot 2018 app – available to download from the App Store or Google Play, and collect rewards as you go.

“The Haier Big Hoot is a fun and engaging event for Auckland locals and visitors of all ages,” said Haier Big Hoot Project Manager, Milly Hemsley. “The owls that have been produced are exceptional and we encourage everyone to get out and take in the scale, detail and vibrancy of each design in person.”

The 47 giant owls, each a bespoke work of art, will be auctioned off to fundraise for Child Cancer Foundation on Tuesday 29 May in Auckland. Child Cancer Foundation provides practical, emotional and financial support to Kiwi kids with cancer and their families.

The Haier Big Hoot is presented by Child Cancer Foundation in partnership with the International creator of the event, Wild in Art. Information about the Haier Big Hoot is at and on Facebook at

Key Dates:

  • 03 March – 06 May: The Haier Big Hoot
  • 29 May: Auction of 47 artist owls in support of Child Cancer Foundation