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 then after 12 years Julia and Uwe sold the cafe Business to Janet Pope who was a close neighbour.
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 fully licensed cafe too provides something for everyone: a terrific menu, great coffee, a large range of cakes all made on site and that stunning view of the coast. Truly a case of food for both body and soul.
Visit the gallery, then relax in the fully licensed 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: email@example.com
Gallery Hours: Open seven days 10am - 5pm
Cafe Phone: +64 9 433 9934
Cafe Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cafe Hours: Seven days 9.30am - 5pm
Kitchen open: 10am to 3pm
After 3pm we can offer cabinet food, breads and dips or one of our platters.