Shopping for Greenstone -- You can hold out and peruse a far wider range of greenstone options in Hokitika, or you can accept local word that Jade Boulder Gallery, 1 Guinness St., Greymouth (tel. 0800/523-326 in NZ, or 03/768-0700; www.jadeboulder.com), is the best source of quality jade carving on the West Coast. Owner Ian Boustridge's work is in collections all around the world. He carves the bigger pieces on display at the gallery. You'll also see other souvenir items such as wooden bowls, hand-knit sweaters, and furniture. Light meals are available at the Jade Boulder Café. If you're looking for top-quality New Zealand jade, I'd recommend you start here. The gallery is open daily in summer from 8:30am to 9pm and in winter 8:30am to 5pm.
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