Bonz 'N Stonz Carving Studio

Bonz 'N Stonz Carving Studio

Bonz 'N Stonz Carving Studio
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Bonz N Stonz is a boutique carving studio in Hokitika, South Island New Zealand. We provide a 360° experience that allows you to experience the New Zealand tradition of carving. In our sessions you will learn about the signficance of carving in Maori culture. With the help of our master carvers we will teach you carving skills and help you design your own piece to take home. You can carve a piece from jade, bone, or shell.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Carol Blue Mountains
    Blue Mountains, Australia369 contributions
    Highly recommended creative experience
    Have wanted to do this for years; it was everything I expected and more. Much easier than I thought because the instructions were so good (thanks Kat). Lovely pieces of stone to choose from, though come with a design in mind. Took about 2-3 hours and it was very special to know I'd made it myself
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 November 2023
  • Brigitte J
    Germany3 contributions
    inspiring place
    Steven is a wonderful helpful man and a professionel carver. I booked a course, designed an earring, but was to tired because I biked a lot, that I had no more power to lern carving...so...Steven did it and carved a great earing! Never forgot this nice an inspirating place! Brigitte
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 November 2023
  • AJ
    San Francisco, California69 contributions
    Fun experience and souvenir memory
    Absolutely wonderful jade/Pounamu carving. We chose to carve for each other and this is our favorite souvenir from our trip! We spent a lovely afternoon carving our pieces. Really fun going through the process of designing and carving the piece. Seeing it transform from the slab of jade. This is a highlight from our trip! Would highly recommend as a fun activity and memory for your travels.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 January 2024
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AJ
San Francisco, CA69 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Absolutely wonderful jade/Pounamu carving. We chose to carve for each other and this is our favorite souvenir from our trip! We spent a lovely afternoon carving our pieces. Really fun going through the process of designing and carving the piece. Seeing it transform from the slab of jade. This is a highlight from our trip! Would highly recommend as a fun activity and memory for your travels.
Written 1 January 2024
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NorthStar10737331522
3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Great atmosphere , friendly staff relaxed feeling . Affordable pricing .
Definitely recommend a must do in Hokitika for sure family friendly ( over 8s)
Written 3 December 2023
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Brigitte J
Germany3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Steven is a wonderful helpful man and a professionel carver. I booked a course, designed an earring, but was to tired because I biked a lot, that I had no more power to lern carving...so...Steven did it and carved a great earing!
Never forgot this nice an inspirating place!
Brigitte
Written 28 November 2023
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Carol Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains, Australia369 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Have wanted to do this for years; it was everything I expected and more. Much easier than I thought because the instructions were so good (thanks Kat). Lovely pieces of stone to choose from, though come with a design in mind. Took about 2-3 hours and it was very special to know I'd made it myself
Written 16 November 2023
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Melanie bragg
54 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
💚 DO THIS WORKSHOP! 💚

If you are considering a workshop with Steve, this is your sign... just do it!

Steve is an incredibly warm and thoughtful individual with an eye for detail and an abundance of love and care to share. Crafting our own pendants alongside our family made the experience even more cherished as a lasting keepsake and beautiful memory.

Unlike the usual touristy spots, this workshop is a refreshing and unique gem during your travels in NZ. We couldn't be happier that we made the decision to stop here!

Be sure to allocate some time during your holiday for this creative and meaningful experience; it may take a few hours, but it's absolutely worth it!

BACKSTORY:
We met a freespirited homeless guy in Greymouth who gifted us some Jade, whom he had gifted to him by Steve. When he went in, Steve also gave him a necklace, a shower and a fuel voucher 🥺 We set upon a mission to see if we could meet Steve and finish our jade gifts as a little memory of the trip.

From the moment we went in, Steve was so welcoming. He asked many questions, told us beautiful stories, and guided us through the process with infinite patience.

My dad's partner showed interest in a cross while we were here. Not long after, Steve was working on his own task, and then, at the end, it was a freshly made cross that he gifted to her 🥺😍

It's generous people like Steve who make experiences so special. We will definitely remember this as a highlight of our NZ trip and hope that you make the choice to go in and meet him too.

Thank you, Steve 💚
Written 5 August 2023
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Tania M
9 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
A must do! My daughter and I had a wonderful afternoon polishing stones we found on the beach. Steve is a very beautiful human and really made our stay a highlight. 💚🙏
Written 14 August 2022
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w00dy32
Wellington, New Zealand8 contributions
Apr 2022
I cannot rate this experience highly enough. This is the 3rd time I’ve visited and each time I’ve come away with beautifully carved pendants. Steve is patient and helpful through every stage and the carving studio is just as user friendly for girlz as it is boyz🙂. Thanks again Steve.
Irene ( and Jan)
Wellington NZ
Written 7 April 2022
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nzp0ppy
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand24,616 contributions
Feb 2022
Steve and Katene gave awesome guidance and help and advice for a great finished bone carving that i am stoked with. It was a great set up with good equipment. I loved how they had a folder of designs that you were welcome to use, or you could create your own, or use a mix.
The smiles, encouragement and positive vibe was here. We once did carving on stewart island and it was a horrid experience - not at bonz n stonz.

In fact, the experience and creating was so awesome that we are going back tomorrow to do a jade carving.

Highly recommend this for a truely unique souvenir which you can be very very proud of.
Written 1 February 2022
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Arohanuitraveller
20 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
Amazing experience from beginning to end.
Steve was really helpful in bringing my design from a piece to stone to a finished piece to life and gave me the confidence to complete my everything myself. I choose the bring own material option and loved that I could get on with it but still had help whenever I needed. Very good price for what you are getting and I had an amazing time. Would highly recommend to others.
Written 19 June 2021
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Tommydeee
Hanmer Springs, New Zealand214 contributions
Apr 2021
Fabulous fun, produced really high quality pendants. Great activity, expert help and amazing fun. We planned for the day, I made two carvings in 4 hours and loved every second.
Written 24 April 2021
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BONZ 'N STONZ CARVING STUDIO: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Bonz 'N Stonz Carving Studio is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM