The gallery opened in December 2003, the brainchild of Peter Brown, who lives on site. Peter, who owns and operates the gallery, started developing the property in 1996 from a bare site, in anticipation of opening a gallery and garden to best show off local artwork and create an environment for visitors to enjoy. The gallery consists of four open plan rooms at about 200 square meters with the surrounding garden providing an ideal backdrop for sculpture and outdoor artworks.
Shortly after the gallery opened, Pete was approached by a German couple, Julia Nuechter and Uwe Krohmann, who were touring New Zealand and had decided to make their home here. Two years later the cafe opened and after 11 years is still run by Julia and Uwe.
The gallery and cafe combine to make a special experience, the gallery with a wide-ranging and eclectic selection of Kiwi art. This includes over 150 artists, both established and emerging, with many from the Northland area, and encompasses bespoke furniture, paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics and jewellery. You are sure to find something in the gallery to fall in love with! The cafe too provides something for everyone: a terrific European menu, great coffee, German beers, local wines and that stunning view of the coast. Truly a case of food for both body and soul.
Visit the gallery, then relax in the cafe, enjoy the view and the delicious food, or wander in the sub-tropical garden and enjoy the beauty and serenity.
The Gallery & Cafe Helena Bay Hill
1392 Old Russell Road
Gallery Phone: +64 9 433 9616
Gallery Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gallery Hours: Open seven days 10am - 5pm
Cafe Phone: +64 9 433 9934
Cafe Email: email@example.com
Cafe Hours: Summer: Seven days 10am - 5pm
Winter: Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm
The cafe is currently operating under summer hours