Rotorua Mountain Jade Carving Studio Tour - 30 Minutes

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Highlights & inclusions

Discover a behind the scenes experience of the history and culture of New Zealand
Meet local artists and watch a live jade carving demonstration
Choose your own piece of New Zealand jade to string into a necklace to take home
or 4 payments of $8.05 with more info

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Fri, Jul 19, 2024

What you can expect

Get up close to the action and observe each step of the jade carving process before selecting your very own piece of New Zealand jade to string into a necklace. Discover the rich history and cultural significance of pounamu, also known as greenstone or jade, with this amazing Jade Carving tour at Mountain Jade in Rotorua. In the stunning studio, experience the magic of the craft for yourself and step inside the jade carving studio where you will witness the creativity and skill of local artists and immerse yourself in the process from start to finish. Renowned New Zealand artists Tamaora Walker and Akapita Scally will spend one-on-one time with you, sharing their knowledge and expertise, and guide you through the intricate process of designing, cutting, carving, sanding, and polishing. Uncover the traditional uses and values of the stone before selecting your very own piece of New Zealand jade from a variety of shapes and sizes and learn how to string it into a necklace to treasure forever.


What you need to know

How It Works
  • You will begin your tour in the Mountain Jade Rotorua educational space, where you will learn the history and significance of New Zealand pounamu
  • You will then be invited into the carving studio to meet local artists and see a jade carving demonstration
  • Afterwards, you will select your own piece of pounamu to string into a necklace
  • The experience starts at 10am, 7 days a week
  • This experience will take approximately 30 minutes
Departure Location
  • This experience is located at 1288 Fenton Street in Rotorua city centre
What To Bring
  • Your camera
Additional Information
  • The machinery used in the live jade carving demonstration can be loud and high-pitched. People with sensitive hearing may be affected. Disposable earplugs are provided
  • The is an indoor experience and not affected by the weather
  • This experience is stroller and pram friendly
  • Pre-booking is recommended as spaces are limited
Cancellation Policy
  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience.
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience.
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience.
Booking Information
  • Tours do not operate on Christmas Day, Boxing Day & Public Holidays, or from the 22nd Dec 2023 to 7th Jan 2024
  • Infants (0-2 years) are free of charge and do not require a ticket


  • Wheelchair friendly

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