"Art and stuff" Paekakariki Shopping Tip by the_sadie
Paekakariki Shopping: 1 reviews and 1 photos
The main stuff to buy in Paekakariki (besides icecreams, petrol, and veges), is art and craft kinda stuff.
In the village is an art gallery called One Eye gallery, sort of above the garage. This has exhibitions and so forth. Paekakariki is renowned for the various artists living there (stone carvers, wood carvers, painters, photographers, silversmiths, etc), so this would also be a good place to enquire about anything you're particularly interested in looking at. They may be able to organise for you to visit the artist's studio.
There's also another shop across the road that sells arts and crafts which would also be able to give you info in this regard. It's run by a childhood friend of mine and her Mum, who works for the art faculty at Whitirea Polytech, so knows most of the artists around.
My Mum is a jeweller too (working mainly in silver). She sells her stuff at various places including at the Lush gallery which is 10 minutes up the main road in the next town, Raumati. (She also sells at Te Papa in Wellington and at Kura in Wellington and Auckland -- both good places for art and jewellery).
What to pay: Those from overseas will probably find art cheap here, due to the exchange rate. Be warned though, if it's too cheap then it's probably poor quality and/or made in Asia. Buy local and support our artists! :-)
You'll get a good feel for prices of the sort of stuff you're interested in by going to a few shops and galleries and comparing until you get a sense of what's junk and what's a real artwork.