Birdwoods Gallery
Birdwoods Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Birdwoods is a very special place in the heart of Hawke's Bay. Set in the countryside just 3km from Havelock North Village, and an easy attractive ride along the new cycle way direct to Birdwoods Gallery and its small companion, the Birdwoods Sweet Shop, which are a 'must see' for young and old. Three historic buildings have been relocated to this lovely rural setting and transformed to become a distinctive and award winning visitor attraction. Take time to shop for treasures in the renowned unusual gallery with an African flavour. Enjoy our famous morning or afternoon tea or come for a delicious garden lunch with family or friends. (Lunch bookings recommended). Walk the expansive sculpture gardens displaying the largest collection of Zimbabwean stone and metal art in New Zealand. Birdwoods is a place 'Where Everything has a Story' and you leave feeling better than when you came.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • rachel d
    Wellington, New Zealand41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must to visit!
    We had a lovely visit to Birdwood for a late luch. The service was outstanding, prompt and attentive. The food was absolutely delicious, a real highlight. The gallery is lovely and the grounds are gorgeous with sculptures everywhere and plenty for the kids to do. The sweep shop was so popular the queue was out the door. This is a must to visit when you're in Hawkes Bay
    Thank you for the lovely review, it is much appreciated. Louise Stobart
    Written 6 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Kait
    42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do for visitors to Hawkes Bay
    Great place to visit for all ages. The Lolly shop is a real treat with a huge range of sweats to choose from. Ice cream shop in the summer. Cafe, shop, lovely garden to explore.
    Thank you for your review and so glad you enjoyed your visit. Kind regards, Louise Stobart
    Written 6 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Mike P
    Auckland, New Zealand276 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much better than last time.
    Known for being very sensitive and defensive at the slightest criticism and known for attacks on any critics I ventured back to see if there had been any improvement on the last visit. Good to report there had been. The staff were friendly and the coffee and food really much better than last time. It is a really nice environment. However they do need to review the one pint of payment regardless of order. Good to see that despite the bluster and defence they do take the reviews seriously and try to make improvements. Well done.
    Hello Mike from Auckland, thank you for keeping us on our toes, I do admit I was a little defensive in my response to your review, but hospitality is a brutal and challenging world and I take reviews possibly too personally. However, you did make us pick up the pace, so am glad that you returned for a better experience, and yes we are putting a third point of payment in to smooth out the flow. Keep coming back and one day I look forward to meeting you here. Louise Stobart - Owner
    Written 6 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Fraser
    Leeds, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phenomenal
    Exceptional, unique place. The high tea was the best I’ve had, with top class service. We messed up the booking but they bent over backwards to accommodate us, and we’re delighted they did. The manager is a real credit to the business, lovely chap. I would highly recommend!
    What a lovely review to read and thank you for all your comments. I have passed this onto the team, and in particular, Richard, the Manager. Thank you again, Louise Stobart - Owner
    Written 25 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
  • allynz
    Auckland Central, New Zealand191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relax, enjoy and admire this fabulous cafe and gallery.
    Fabulous place to relax and enjoy. Great food. Lovely atmosphere. Ducks, Ostriches and sculptures in the garden. Cool old fashioned Lolly shop. Beautiful gift shop with an Out of Africa theme.
    A belated thank you for a lovely review. The ostrich have been a great hit and are very happy with all the company they keep!
    Written 15 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 January 2024
  • Alec
    Reikorangi, New Zealand92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Setting and Excellent Food
    Fabulous setting and tremendous service/food. Dog friendly to boot what more could one ask for. Very busy when we arrived but after a short walk around the sculpture garden they had sorted s table. Highly recommend!
    Thank you for a five star review - it is much appreciated. Kind regards, Louise Stobart - Owner
    Written 15 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 March 2024
  • Jacqui L
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    More than just a lunch!!!
    We went on recommendation of friends. We enjoyed looking at the sculptures and we bought lollies from the lolly shop which had extensive choices. Lunch was lovely. I had the smashed avocado which came out as a work of art and was delicious. Our friends all enjoyed their lunches too. Only downside is that we didn't get enough cutlery and when I went and asked for more knives she wanted to know what table I was at and looked over to see where I was. She was not very friendly about it. But overall a great place to go.
    Thank you for your nice review and so glad you enjoyed the smashed avocado dish which is always received with delight as it looks so good. Thank you for letting me know about the waiter - always a work in progress and is noted. Best wishes, Louise Stobart - Owner
    Written 26 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 March 2024
  • Jane A
    Wellington, New Zealand193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    "Beautiful country surroundings"
    Have been here before when we have been in Napier. The gallery, cafe,gardens and huge sculptures is such a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the amazing surroundings around you. We just love everything about this place. We visit here everytime we are in the Hawkes Bay. You wont be disappointed. Something for everyone.
    Thank you very much for your loyalty and for continuing to visit us. We were delighted with your lovely review and I have passed this onto our hard working team. Kindest regards, Louise Stobart - Owner
    Written 20 April 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 April 2024
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Dandenong, Australia908 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Reckon if you want a table here for a meal- bookings would be essential- we were lucky enough to snag a table between bookings. Had a lovely slab of tart and cake and a good coffee too.. The surrounding lawns and the display of sculpture was interesting. Thank you
Written 27 April 2024
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Thank you for the five star review and we are pleased we were able to find you a table on a busy day! Your review is appreciated.
Written 29 April 2024
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Jane A
Wellington, New Zealand193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Have been here before when we have been in Napier. The gallery, cafe,gardens and huge sculptures is such a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the amazing surroundings around you. We just love everything about this place. We visit here everytime we are in the Hawkes Bay. You wont be disappointed. Something for everyone.
Written 8 April 2024
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Thank you very much for your loyalty and for continuing to visit us. We were delighted with your lovely review and I have passed this onto our hard working team. Kindest regards, Louise Stobart - Owner
Written 20 April 2024
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Tim N-U
Havelock North, New Zealand70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Took my mother here for her birthday. What a happy, friendly place - the food was great, not expensive and they even made a fuss of my mother. Which she lapped up! One of Hawkes Bay's special places.
Written 5 April 2024
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Thank you for the lovely review - we very much enjoyed having you with your lovely mother - she is a much treasured VIP customer from many years past.
Written 7 April 2024
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kriskris83
Wellington, New Zealand99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We booked in for brunch. The brunch menu before 11am was average as. Choice of pretty much eggs. Also was very expensive $9 to add mushrooms!!! We actually ended up leaving and going to McDonald’s lol
Written 29 March 2024
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Hi Kris, you cut us to the quick! McDonalds better than us! Damn.... we must try harder, but then they have a lovely car park. So sorry you chose to go there rather than stay and enjoy a fine breakfast with us in our gorgeous gardens. No hard feelings! lol
Written 30 March 2024
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Jacqui L
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We went on recommendation of friends. We enjoyed looking at the sculptures and we bought lollies from the lolly shop which had extensive choices. Lunch was lovely. I had the smashed avocado which came out as a work of art and was delicious. Our friends all enjoyed their lunches too. Only downside is that we didn't get enough cutlery and when I went and asked for more knives she wanted to know what table I was at and looked over to see where I was. She was not very friendly about it. But overall a great place to go.
Written 20 March 2024
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Thank you for your nice review and so glad you enjoyed the smashed avocado dish which is always received with delight as it looks so good. Thank you for letting me know about the waiter - always a work in progress and is noted. Best wishes, Louise Stobart - Owner
Written 26 March 2024
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Rose O
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This is an excellent venue in a beautiful country setting. Big trees and interesting sculptures. Real ostriches. Great shop with African emphasis.
The food was simply delicious.
Written 15 March 2024
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Thank you very much for a lovely review. Kind regards, Louise Stobart - Owner
Written 15 March 2024
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Alec
Reikorangi, New Zealand92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fabulous setting and tremendous service/food. Dog friendly to boot what more could one ask for. Very busy when we arrived but after a short walk around the sculpture garden they had sorted s table. Highly recommend!
Written 12 March 2024
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Thank you for a five star review - it is much appreciated. Kind regards, Louise Stobart - Owner
Written 15 March 2024
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Donna A
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was definitely a destination stop for us with the lolly shop at the top of the list. We enjoyed the lovely art display along with ice cream and Ostriches!
Written 3 March 2024
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Thank you for your review - sorry we could not squeeze another star out of you! With kindest regards, Lousie Stobart - Owner
Written 15 March 2024
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Kerryn S
Napier, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
High Tea done right. We enjoyed the 10.30am seating. Beautiful setting, food and service. Really enjoyed our experience.
Will be back.
Written 15 February 2024
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Thank you - our High Tea is proving really popular and we love doing them!
Written 15 March 2024
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Bev D
Wellington, New Zealand58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
What a beautiful setting on a stunning HB day.
We had a light lunch with a cold drink, service was very pleasant on a very busy afternoon.
We loved the sculpture park.
Written 11 February 2024
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Thank you for your good review - we appreciate it!
Written 15 March 2024
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