Heritage Jade - Hokitika
Hokitika is the Jade and Greenstone capital of New Zealand.
There you will find many artisans carving Jade into contemporary carvings of traditional NZ designs or modern designs, and beautiful sculptures of whales, birds or just about anything that reflects the area where these carvers live. Nephrite Jade, Greenstone or Pounamu has been recovered locally in the Westland or the South Westland area.
There are many jade studios and shops in and around Hokitika town centre, the Jade Factory, Westland Greenstone, Traditional Jade, Ocean Paua and Tectonic Jade.
If you would like to try your hand at carving, contact Steven Gwaliasi at the Bonz n Stonz Carving Studio where you can have a go at either jade, bone or paua shell carving.