Discover the art of carving jade during a guided tour of a greenstone studio. Meet local artists as they craft jade by hand, and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and atmosphere of a carving workshop.
During the tour, your guide will take you on a journey into the history of jade carving in New Zealand, uncovering the origins of pounamu (greenstone) and exploring the significance of the stone for Māori.
You’ll see the highlights of the jade gallery and then head to the studio to spend time with the artists, learning about the carving process and watching them work. After visiting the studio, you'll get to choose and string a piece of New Zealand pounamu, turning it into a necklace to take home and treasure forever.
Tours run daily at 10.00am. Allow 30 minutes for the whole experience.
Mountain Jade is home to the largest and most diverse collection of pounamu in Aotearoa New Zealand, and has two stores and a carving studio in Rotoura.
Mountain Jade is a proud member of the Rotorua Sustainable Charter.