Birdwoods Gallery & Sweet Shop, Havelock North

#1 of 10 in Museums in Hawke's Bay Region
Nestled in the countryside, Birdwoods Gallery & Sweet Shop combines a gallery, sculpture garden, and old-fashioned candy shop. Housed in a historical church hall originally built in 1894, the gallery features an eclectic and unusual collection of art and objects from all over the world. Art lovers will appreciate the gardens, too, where stone and metal sculptures decorate the lawns. Top off your visit by browsing the jarred sweets lining the shelves of the candy store. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Havelock North using our trip planner.
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  • October 12, 2017
    We really enjoyed our time at Birdwoods. The old fashioned Lolly shop was amazing and the shop and sculpture park were fantastic too.  more »
  • October 9, 2017
    The clouds had just opened as we arrived and the people sitting outside had been relocated all inside very efficiently. The staff were still smiling and everyone seemed happily carrying on with their ...  more »
  • October 7, 2017
    Had lunch with my 2 kids and inlaws. Food was excellent. Staff friendly and helpful. Was very busy but staff accommodating. Sweet store staff were super cool and generous. Shame about weather but that...  more »
  • September 18, 2017
    Uniquely great place. Filled with artwork and novel items in an old church in the countryside. Never seen anywhere like before. I recommend this place.
  • September 11, 2017
    Great place. Awesome sweet scones. Kids had a blast running freely.
  • May 31, 2017
    Love everything about Birdwoods. Located 5 minutes out of Havelock this renovated old church has a lovely rural feel which opens at the back onto gorgeous north facing gardens with contemporary statues of sheep and other animals that are for sale. Don't miss the second garden either with its large formal lily pond, more exotic animal statues and a summer house. Inside is packed with goodies of all descriptions to buy with the cafe at the rear looking out onto the gardens and more table settings around the big trees. Delicious fresh food is cooked on site daily and you can have a full meal or buy from the cabinet. I can't visit Havelock without calling here for at least a coffee or home made lemonade and something freshly baked to eat which arrives beautifully presented on its wooden tray with napkin stand and fresh flowers and the friendly staff complete the Birdwood experience. If you have children with you then visiting the old style lolly shop next door is a treat and recently an ice-cream cart has been added beside it. It's always 10 stars here for me!
  • July 30, 2017
    Lovely spot to visit. We all loved the lolly shop. Cafe looked nice too. Gardens pretty.
  • June 11, 2017
    This is a quaint venue with a welcoming family feeling. We were able to be relaxed the entire visit. The welcome at the door was warm and genuine. The winter coffee in the conservatory is cosy. I particularly like the summer visits with coffee in the statue garden.

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