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.
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1-2 hours
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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 😀
Written 2 January 2020
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Moe
2 contributions
So good, we went twice.
Nov 2019 • Couples
We called 2 hours before and they were able to fit us in. The family was so welcoming it was unbeleavable. They took the 4 of us who have never made anything like this and helped us make something we can wear anywhere. We loved it so much we called them after we left and they even opened early for us the next day so we could go again before we left town. Truly an amazing experience. Thank you Mike, Jann, Navada and Nugget.
Written 13 November 2019
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Gretchen
2 contributions
A Must Do in Franz Josef!
Nov 2019
I wish I could give more than 5 stars! Myself and two friends recently visited, and it was the highlight of our trip to the South Island. Jan is incredible, and guides you through the whole process. The entire experience was amazing, and creating your own jade pieces is really special. Not a question of if you should go, but when.
Written 5 November 2019
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maureen g
Fort Lauderdale, FL238 contributions
Unique, Fun Experience
Oct 2019 • Friends
My daughter and I spent a couple of hours with Jan today creating beautiful greenstone and blue stone necklaces. First we selected our own stones (the stones are included in the $75 fee for the session). Then we used the grinding machines to make the stones into our desired shape. Finally, we spent 20 minutes polishing our stones with various types of sandpaper. Jan put holes into the stones, wrapped them with twine, and looped on the cords. We were amazed at how beautiful and professionally made the necklaces turned out. Plus Jan and her daughter Nevada are a delight to be around. This is a particularly fun thing to do on a rainy day. Highly recommended.
Written 19 October 2019
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Debra M
5 contributions
Wonderful experience ending with mementos
Sep 2019
Typically, I purchase jewelry pieces to remind me of my travels. Being able to make my own piece, and some pieces for friends, was awesome. It's a very personal experience and Jan was very helpful in making sure they came out well. The area itself has some stunning views of the mountains. I enjoyed my time there and the conversation, and some wonderful hot chocolate. And I now have some jewelry to always remind me of Franz Joseph and NZ. Well worth it.
Written 9 September 2019
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Bel D
1 contribution
Creative Fun
Jul 2019 • Family
This was such a fun and creative activity to do. Jan was warm and welcoming and had us on the grinders within 15 mins. She gave great advice and was happy to help bring our ideas to fruition. Our finished pendants had a string applied so that they were ready to wear and were packaged in a pouch if you wanted to give as a gift. This was a great way to make your own souvenir from New Zealand and learn a bit about the skill of stone grinding and decorating. Thanks, Jan!
Written 15 July 2019
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Thank you for that. Enjoy the rest of your time in N.Z.
Written 22 July 2019
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Abbie
Bromsgrove, UK11 contributions
Jan is amazing!
Apr 2019
Jan is an absolute delight. She really cares about what you decide to make and will help you to no end. A lovely sentimental token to take home with you.
Thank you 😊
Written 29 April 2019
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Thank you so much
Written 3 May 2019
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Kat
2 contributions
Great fun
Apr 2019 • Friends
The rain came but the visit to carve greenstone at Te Koha Gallery made the day perfect. Such fun. The ladies were not only helpful but engaging. A must do.
Written 26 April 2019
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Thank you so much for your nice review.
Written 3 May 2019
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Lisa
1 contribution
Fun for a rainy day
Mar 2019 • Friends
Super fun activity for a rainy Day and a sweetheart of a host who was super helpfull had a wonderfull time and left with a lovely ston
Written 15 March 2019
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Thank you Lisa for your kind words. It was a pleasure meeting you.
Written 17 March 2019
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Ekti
6 contributions
Excellent Gem of an experience!
Feb 2019 • Solo
I read about this activity on Tripadvisor before heading to NZ and thought it would be a different and unique experience to do this whilst I was out there and did not regret it! Jan was very patient and explained each of the various stones and how to carve them. It's an experience that I'll never forget!

Jan was also kind enough to let me stay at the gallery afterwards until my bus was due, as it was pouring down with rain that day and drop me to the bus stop after. Thanks so much Jan. Really appreciate it! :)
Written 1 March 2019
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Thank you so much for your review. It was lovely to host you and I hope the rest of your holiday was drier.
Written 17 March 2019
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