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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Storyteller742568
12 contributions
Jan 2022
Visited Te Koha with my husband on our honey moon. Jan was hospitable & very generous with her time guiding us in creating our beautiful pieces. An activity for everyone, highly recommended!
Written 19 January 2022
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Jo O
Fairlie, null, New Zealand33 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
What an amazing afternoon we had with the lovely Jan… such a unique and special thing to create your own special piece
A must do when you are in Franz Joseph
Thanks so much Jan you are one special lady
Written 5 October 2021
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Frances H
15 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
What a win...ours boys aged 15 and 13 loved this whole experience. Jan the owner operator was so positive and encouraging and the boys smiles got wider and wider as they saw what they were capable of. Best find of our holiday so far!!
Written 17 July 2021
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ange_82_foxtrot
Sydney, Australia24 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
What a truly fun experience! We spent the morning with Jan who taught us about pounamu and guided us on our journey of creating our own individal keepsake to take home to Australia. It was such a special experience and Jan was amazing! You must do this whilst in Franz Josef!
Written 29 May 2021
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midwifekt
Aumsville, OR22 contributions
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
1 contribution
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
10 contributions
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
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
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 Zealand121 contributions
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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