Hokitika Arts & Crafts

What To See In Hokitika - New Zealand Art and Crafts

Hokitia is one of New Zealand’s art and craft centres!

Hokitika is home to a community of talented artists and craftspeople, who have been inspired by the scenery and abundance of raw materials (jade, gold, driftwood, timber, clay, shell, bone and fibres) for generations. Their creative talent is abundant, celebrated and diverse, contributing towards Hokitika’s economy and vibrant heritage.

Visit a local glass blowing factory and watch your souvenir being made. Marvel at the craftsmanship involved in creating unique greenstone carvings and jewellery. Pick up some gifts for friends and family at one of the boutique art and craft shops, or visit a local artist’s studio for a taste of Hokitika culture.

Hokitika Art and Crafts

Brent Trolle Gallery
Artists Brent & Lance Trolle welcome visitors to view paintings at their home. Studio and gallery open 7 days a week.

Bonz n Stonz Carving Studio
Carve your own Taonga (Treasure) from Jade/pounamu, bone, paua shell, mother of pearl. Personal tuition from the master, Steve Gwallasi, using specialised carving tools. Booking recommended. Open 6 days a week.

Fine Art Photography & Gallery
Discover NZ fine art and the local colours of the West Coast captured by photographer Juergen Schacke. His connection with the heart and soul of the Coast is evident in his incredible images. The Gallery is a fantastic way to take in the spirit of the region. Artwork can be posted worldwide.

Heritage Jade
The Jade carver is of Ngati Tahu descent from local Iwi Te Runanga O Ngati Waewae. He is skilled, professional and creates artwork and gifts that are held in the highest regard.

Hokitika Craft Gallery
A co-operative of 15 crafts people and artists who make unique designs to the highest standards. Wood, jade, silver, bone, pottery, fibre and art are featured. Open 8.30am to 5pm. Summer hours: 8.30am to 8.30pm.

Hokitika Glass Studio
Glass blowing designer art forms. View master glassblowers handcrafting glassware, art glass, giftware, souvenirs, tableware and glass beads (Monday to Friday). Open 7 days.

Ian Phillips’ copper sculptures are all handcrafted, textured, formed and then coloured with his unique method of controlled heat patina. Ian focuses on creating New Zealand species of sea life, landscapes, birds, plants and insects.

Jade Factory
One of NZ’s largest selections of quality, affordable pounamu/jade carvings and sculptures on display. For the full jade experience you can watch and interact with a skilled team of master carvers in the adjacent studio. Open 7 days.

Ocean Paua 2000 Ltd
Skilled craftspeople can be seen working on high quality paua shell and jade carvings. A visit will enable you to purchase that genuine NZ gift with a difference.

Home of New Zealand’s finest creations featuring local and NZ art and artisans, jewellery, hand crafted NZ giftware and New Zealand designer clothing. Located in the town centre on Revell Street. Shop for yourself or great gift ideas.

The Historical Carnegie Complex & Museum
A celebration of the unique culture of the West Coast, including a 20-minute greenstone and gold audio visual show, displays, research centre, art gallery and museum.

The Gold Room
Natural West Coast gold nugget jewellery. Gold nuggets and flakes straight out of the ground and fashioned into stunning jewellery. Discover your own gold rush today! Studio & gallery open 7 days.

TP Goldsmiths
Manufacturing jewellers creating imaginative unique jewellery. Specialists in using New Zealand materials to create a range of fine jewels. Stockists of New Zealand’s finest gem, the ‘Blue Pearl’.

Westland Greenstone Ltd
Offers a wide range of top quality NZ jade, including jewellery, ornaments and polished stone. Watch craftsmen at work and receive a warm welcome from friendly staff. Open 7 days.

If you are planning a trip to see New Zealand art and crafts in Hokitika, stay in one of our affordable beachfront chalets and apartments, budget cabins, or campervan sites.