Te Koha Gallery

Te Koha Gallery, Franz Josef: Hours, Address, Te Koha Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

Te Koha Gallery
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Art Galleries • Lessons & Workshops
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Set in our home our studio offers a friendly environment to carve a traditional or contemporary piece of New Zealand Stone - Nephrite Jade, Tangi Wai, Aotea, Rhodonite. Open 7 days a week at our home based studio. People of all ages and nationalities have had the chance to carve their own piece of our culture either as a gift or for themselves. This activity generally takes 1-2 hours depending on what we are carving. No artistic ability is required and people have really surprised themselves with what they have achieved. Its all about putting your energy into our special stones by making it yourself. A very unique souvenir unlike any other either for yourself or as a special gift.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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midwifekt
Aumsville, OR22 contributions
Great time carving
May 2021 • Couples
My partner and I ended up carving necklace stones for most of his family- over nearly 5 hours. It was very enjoyable and they turned out beautifully! I highly recommend this awesome activity, especially on a rainy day.
Written 4 May 2021
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Mandy
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A very enjoyable experience
Apr 2021 • Family
Jan is an amazing and very patient teacher!!! I brought my two girls aged 8 and 14 and we all did our own carving. She gave us lots of encouragement and support. The girls could do every part of the process and it was a unique, very enjoyable and memorable experience. Jan is open, easy to talk to and the two hours just flew by! Thank you!!!!
Written 30 April 2021
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Barefoot Kiwi
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Ātaahua
Mar 2021
Visited on a wet West Coast day. I was a little bit sad because I'd just lost my pounamu necklace the day before, but Jan was very welcoming and helpful and patient with my efforts. She also told me that my necklace wasn't actually lost.
Two days later, I drove back to where I'd lost my necklace and there it was, still sitting beside the road where it had fallen out of my bag. So, now I have two beautiful pounamu necklaces, along with a great story.
Ngā mihi ki a koe.
Written 22 March 2021
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968ChrisS
Dunedin, New Zealand218 contributions
Unbelievable
Mar 2021 • Family
We had the absolute pleasure of visiting Jan at the workshop @ Te Koha, not once but twice. Ben our 9yo insisted we visited again 2 days after our first visit. Jan is an absolute treasure and is very hands on making sure everyone takes home an awesome piece of pounamu. Yes, you actually choose a piece of pounamu and design and make it yourself. We will definitely be up here again just to do this. Thank you so much.
Written 21 March 2021
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Pete
Preston, UK3 contributions
Recommend!
Feb 2021 • Solo
Awesome place, lovely people. Highly recommended. Guided through the whole process. Go and support local kiwi businesses 👍.
Written 22 February 2021
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Bridget P
Pahiatua, New Zealand119 contributions
Awesome fun
Jan 2021 • Solo
This is a hidden gem... yes that was a poor attempt at a pun. This is a home based studio just 6 ks south of the township. You are warmly welcomed by the family pets and made to feel part of the family from the moment you arrive. Jan is great at knowing when to step in and help and when to leave you to just give things a go. She is very supportive and encouraging.

I have always wanted to learn how to do stone carving. Who knew I would enjoy it just so much!! I made a morepork or ruru for my mum. She loves it.
Written 5 January 2021
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Chelsea C
Levin, New Zealand10 contributions
Fun time
Nov 2020 • Friends
Awesome visit today. Made my own bracelet and really enjoyed the experience of picking your own stone then grinding it to shape. Thanks so much :)
Written 5 November 2020
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CMotelChristchurch
4 contributions
An awesome experience for everyone
Oct 2020
This wasn't on our radar when we arrived at Franz Josef. Our plan was to do the Helihike but due to weather it was cancel. And we are kind of glad it was cancelled or else we might not have come across Jan's studio!
We had a wonderful experience craving our stones and Jan was very friendly and guided us with excellent instructions.
Great for a rainy day activity at Franz Josef.
And it was very decent priced. So go visit them and support local NZers!
Written 30 October 2020
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mchgtn
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Unique experience!
Feb 2020 • Couples
We had a great time carving our own pieces and would recommend this to anyone coming to Franz Josef. A good unique experience!
Written 14 February 2020
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Thanks Guys. It was brilliant having you here. 😀
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Jessamine E
2 contributions
A genuine highlight of our NZ holiday.
Dec 2019
After becoming stuck in Franz Josef with the recent storm damage we had a wonderful time with Jan and her family, carving beautiful authentic Greenstone. I will wear my necklace proudly! I would recommend this activity to anyone, regardless of the weather!
Written 10 December 2019
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Thanks for your lovely review. It was great to meet people with such a positive attitude and acceptance of Mother Nature. All the best for 2020 😀
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