I am interested in buying some carved jade (a necklace maybe) when we are in Hokitika in November and was wondering how late the stores stayed open. We will be arriving in Hokitika on a Monday afternoon.
I wouldn't mind buying something off the shelf but it might be a cool memory/activity to design and have it carved that day too but wasn't sure if that took too long to complete for just being in town for the one day. How long does it normally take for them to carve a pretty simple design (I wouldn't make it complicated)?
Also, it sounds like there are several different stores...any that you highly recommend for a great selection or for the personalized carving (or for great deals)? Are the stores all located next to each other or are there certain streets with more stores (and if so, the street names they are located on)?
We will be arriving in Hokitika Monday afternoon, stay overnight, and then leave early the next morning to go to Franz and Fox Glacier (heli-hike probably) so we won't be in town too long but the jade is something I'm really looking forward to buying to bring back with me.
Any recommendations would be wonderful. Thanks so much for all of your help with our planning so far too!