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A must do experience

What a truly fun experience! We spent the morning with Jan who taught us about pounamu and guided... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ange_82_foxtrot
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Sydney, Australia
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Great time carving

My partner and I ended up carving necklace stones for most of his family- over nearly 5 hours. It... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2021
midwifekt
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Aumsville, Oregon
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Reviewed 30 October 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!

Date of experience: October 2020
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Reviewed 15 February 2020 via mobile

We had a great time carving our own pieces and would recommend this to anyone coming to Franz Josef. A good unique experience!

Date of experience: February 2020
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JanneneJ, Owner at Te Koha Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2020

Thanks Guys. It was brilliant having you here.

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Reviewed 11 December 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!

Date of experience: December 2019
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FarAway821800, Owner at Te Koha Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2020

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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Reviewed 14 November 2019

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.

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 6 November 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.

Date of experience: November 2019
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