Te Koha Gallery
Te Koha Gallery
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsArt GalleriesLessons & 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Steven P
Cairns, Australia59 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We planned to be in Franz Josef for a few days to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. And what better way to celebrate this special day, than by make a beautiful and spiritual piece of Jade jewellery for one another.

We were lucky, on the day we visited the gallery, we were the only 2 booked in for our 1hr Jade making experience.

It was so intimate, we got to talk to the host in so much detail, connecting on a spiritual level given I am an Indigenous Australian, and the host had cultural connections to the land on which she operated - along with Jade being such an important part of Moiri culture.

We had an amazing time. The jewelry we crafted for each other is very special. We wore our pieces we created for a few days, this is so our spirit is attached to the Jade. A few days later we gifted our Jade to each other. It's a very amazing experience, because you have the elders spirits embedded in the rock from the Moiri culture, along with our spirit now attached.

Potentially, given I'm Indigenous, I can sense certain things others may not, but we have been travelling around NZ in sub zero temperatures (in some parts), and yet the Jade I wear (that my wife created), always remains warm. To touch it, or hold it in my hand, it is always warm.

Absolutely amazing. Highly recommend.
Written 27 August 2023
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Sue F
14 contributions
Mar 2023
We saw this place advertised when looking for things to do whilst in Franz Josef. It was an amazing workshop experience and you really do not need to have done anything like it before. Jan and Mike, the hosts were so welcoming (to their workshop next to their farmhouse home) and made us feel at our ease straight away.
We both came away with our own uniquely crafted pieces of jade that we were so proud of, having selected our raw pieces of stone from a huge bench covered with all differently coloured and shaped ‘raw’ stones.
Thank you Jan and Mike for a great time and we would highly recommend this to anyone.
Written 8 March 2023
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Charlotte E
Bradford, UK56 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
Amazing workshop experience in a beautiful location! Picked up from accommodation, drove to a beautiful farm building with stunning scenery. Jan was incredible knowledgeable, thoughtful, patient and attentive. Would recommend and would return!!
Written 18 February 2023
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NZFamilyO
Auckland Central, New Zealand28 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyable time making my own special piece of pounamu. It felt uniquely Kiwi and West Coast - in a beautiful spot just out of Franz Josef. Jane was a great host, sharing stories of the area freely.
Written 4 February 2023
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littlecoldkiwi
36 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Wow. I’m so pleased I found this fantastic little stop, a one of a kind unique experience and I loved it. Hugely worth the money and the owner is a really wonderful person. It’s a chance to select your own piece of stone and craft it into something truly personal and unique that you will treasure for ever.
Written 10 January 2023
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Gerwin P
Huis ter Heide, The Netherlands12 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
We had a great time making our own Gemstone pieces. After a little instruction, each got to pick their stone to be working on. We had some good laughs, and the end products where to be proud of. I would recommend this !
Written 30 December 2022
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Tori
1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Solo
Had an amazing time with Jan and Mike carving. They are exceptionally supportive and help guide you through the whole experience. Jan is great at explaining all the steps and always around if you need a hand. Mike is a great laugh and was happy to help or chat if you need. Would definitely recommend to others and thanks for the beautiful experience!
Tori
Written 8 December 2022
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Bec
Birmingham, UK537 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
I booked a jade carving session for me and my parents and we had such a great time! It was a really relaxed session as we were taught how to carve, engrave and polish our pieces. She has some excellent pieces of jade to choose from.
We were each asked what we wanted to make and were each taken through the process having help when needed. Thank you!!
Written 4 July 2022
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Karaltea
Honolulu, HI11 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Our family went to Te Koha Gallery for jade carving. Jan was really lovely. She taught us how to carve, smooth, shine, and buff the stone. Her instructions and suggestions were very helpful. We loved the relaxed atmosphere and the one-on-one attention. It was a beautiful place to make our memorable jade and aotea carvings.
Written 26 April 2022
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corfi
Christchurch, New Zealand21 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Amazing experience… especially great on a wet west coast day!! The kids really enjoyed the experience, Jan was so lovely and supportive. The kids are so proud of their beautiful keepsakes!!
Written 19 April 2022
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