Birdwoods Gallery & Sweet Shop, Havelock North

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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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Havelock North holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Birdwoods Gallery & Sweet Shop and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Interesting place that combines a cafe (mushroom soup - best I have ever had) with a sculpture garden (even kids seem to enjoy this), a shop selling art and crafts, and an old fashioned sweet shop. Th...  more »
  • One of my most favourite places in Havelock North, definitely a got to for anyone I have visting the bay. Run by Louise and Bruce and a great team, they have and source some very unique artworks, scul...  more »
  • A chance recommendation found ourselves turning up to Birdwood's Gallery. We had hoped to secure a bowl of water for our black Labrador, Waka, but instead were invited by the very friendly staff to si...  more »
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Fantastic sculpture gallery and old fashioned sweet shop. Kids had a great time. CafĂ© looked beautiful too.
  • Fabulous & Charming Gallery and Cafe all rolled into one , oh and including a fantastic extra The Sweet Shop. I Highly recommend for family outings or perhaps a function as there is plenty of outside space and grounds to wander in. Staff are very friendly and the food is exceptional. You must try there famous Custard Squares..just Devine!
  • Lovely place to get sweets and eat them in a lovely environment. Would extremely recommend if in the area.

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