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Bonz 'N Stonz

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Address: 16 Hamilton Street, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 755 6504
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interesting but over priced

This is a place with many different and interesting things to see. The prices are extraordinarily high, probably due to the asian buyers coming through the doors in tourist buses... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
44 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a place with many different and interesting things to see. The prices are extraordinarily high, probably due to the asian buyers coming through the doors in tourist buses. You can carve your own piece, the bone already carved beautiful but not worth the prices involved. The minute i saw jade from China to buy, in competition with local... More 

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Province of Barcelona, Spain
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We had searched quite awhile and didn't see many natural stones around. We walked in to this unpretentious Artist Studio, met Steve and was impressed with his skill and his manner. Only disappointment was finding him so late and not being able to take a carving class. Next time for sure. We bought 5 and also had the best pricing... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

In a single afternoon at Hokitika we visited many shops hoping to have some greenstone shaped in a very simple design and shipped overseas. One artist didn't try to hide his contempt, while other salespeople simply quoted a ridiculous price and left it at that. Feeling disheartened, we arrived at Bonz 'N Stonz at around closing time. Three friendly staff... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I was very disappointed at visiting this shop. Even a small piece of stone costs more than 100 bulks. Everything in this shop is ridiculously expensive. When I asked the old guy in this shop why the price is so high, he was very rude to me and also ask me to leave his shop!

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Best place in the world for caving your jade! And best staff too , Steve and Dan are the amazing people and can help you make any type of things can you do with greenstone! Especially Toki! Enjoy your caving! Cheers

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Something for everyone - whether you want to shop for jade designed by one of the onsite carvers or have a go at carving yourself. $5 stone polishing for those on a budget who want a rainy day activity. Just go to the beach and pick some that you think may turn out well!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I've been to see Steve to do carving three times now during my year in NZ and each experience was different but very enjoyable. Steve and Dan are friendly and helpful, taking you through the whole process. Steve charges reasonably for the finished piece but when put together with the time and help given it's definitely value for money. This... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Although I'm absolutely not creative and have only very limited skills when it comes to craftwork I decided to create a special birthday present for my best friend and I really enjoyed my time at Bonz 'n' Stonz. You don't pay much more than for an "impersonal" pendant and are rewarded with a memory that might not be perfect but... More 

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Heidelberg, Germany
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29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

For me, it was an extraordinary experience to see a piece of greenstone slowly take form in my hands. Under the expert guidance from Steve, I designed and carved my very own piece of Pounamu (New Zealand greenstone), with patient advice for every step and a helping hand when necessary. Not only do you get a very memorable experience, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The day I was there, Steve helped a range of students from a 13 year- old experienced carver to a 60-something novice create something beautiful in greenstone that they'd designed themselves. It was a magical experience!

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