Upper South Island and the West Coast Sights

Shark Nett Gallery

  • 129 Queen Charlotte Dr. Map It
  • Havelock

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's Review

This family-owned gallery sits in a delightful setting, overlooking the Kaituna Estuary and across to Havelock. It's touted as "the largest privately owned collection of Maori carving in the world," on the basis that other collections are held by museums and tribal groups. Nevertheless the carvings here, commissioned especially for the gallery, represent a striking blend of contemporary and traditional styles relating the stories of local tribal history, people, birds, and plants. The collection's main purpose is to carry on the stories of the Rangitane people of the Marlborough Sounds for future generations. Feather cloaks and contemporary jewelry also feature. This gallery is not a shop as such—it's all about learning the stories and understanding the art; thus guided tours are an essential element to a visit. You will receive the full treatment of manaakitanga, as in traditional Maori hospitality.

Sight Information


129 Queen Charlotte Dr., Havelock, Marlborough, 7100, New Zealand

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Sight Details:

  • NZ$12
  • Daily 10–4; advance reservations encouraged

Published 10/27/2015


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