About The Galleria

The Galleria B &B

The Galleria was originally a small traditional Kiwi batch placed behind the Fell boathouse was developed over the years and been extensively renovated. The Galleria is a great place to get away from it all, all year round. In summer there are shaded outdoor areas, including a BBQ and picnic table immediately outside the Puriri room. The home is fully insulated with a fire box, heater and electric blankets making it a cosy winter stay. 

There are 2 bedrooms for guests, The Mandarin with shared facilities and Puriri Room with ensuite.

This high set accommodation is not suitable for clients that are mobility impaired. There are 2 entrances Rakatapu and Kohukohu Roads with off street parking, street lighting.  Garden deck and sensitive stairwell lighting to ensure safe passage.


The Historic Fell Boat house

Important: The Fell Boat House is currently occupied by tenants, so please respect their privacy.

This is a Grade 2 historic building listing that was used by the Fell family for boat building, office and storage.

The current owner has tastefully extensively renovated respecting the heritage concept, making the unique space a fantastic beach side retreat. Being immediately across the the road from the Hokianga the views are unobstructed, and the sunrises are breathtaking. 


Louisa GeddesLouisa Geddes

Louisa Geddes is an Australian abstract expressionist painter - who has been painting since 1991.

Her first memories of paintings were by her grandmother, who was an oil painter. Living on a sheep station in the Western District of Victoria, Australia was a wonderful playground where life followed the rhythm of the seasons. An appreciation of nature was ever present.

In 1965 Louisa received a General Nursing Certificate from The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne and worked as a Registered Nurse in Australia, California, and Greymouth, New Zealand.

Pioneering fashion in the early 1980's in Far North Queensland and establishing 3 Fashion Boutiques in Port Douglas over a period of 11 years gave Louisa the opportunity to empower local designers and travel extensively whilst buying fashion items for her business.

Louisa has exhibited works in Australia and New Zealand. Initially Louisa painted in water colours under the guidance of Lludjich Pedan and Joyce Stewart, Northern Queensland, who instructed her “to go away and paint” which she did in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy and India.

After completing a BA in Politics and a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management and Development at the Australian National University, Canberra, Louisa spent 1999-2000 in Tamil Nadu, Southern India as a product designer and worked with artisan groups (weavers, potters, stone masons, tie dyers, master tailors) in Madras and Pondicherry for Community Aid Abroad, Australia.

Since arriving in New Zealand in 2001 she has been painting in acrylics with the occasional oil high lights. She has exhibited in Australia and New Zealand and her Naïve art works have found homes in Sweden, England, USA, New Zealand and Australia.

Coming to the Hokianga in 2003, Louisa was a pioneering member of Village Arts, Community Gallery, Kohukohu and has hosted guests from around the world to her Boutique Galleria Bed and Breakfast with panoramic harbour views.

Louisa attended the inaugural year of The Hokianga Art and Craft Course, Opononi 2006, and completed a Diploma of Applied Art at Rawene Polytechnic 2012 under the Tutelage of Sue Daly. Louisa was a finalist in the James Wallace Art Awards in 2012 and one of her works, The Resolution, from her Dragonia series is now in their permanent collection.


The Galleria - Mr HemingwayMr Hemingway

The yet to be named cat 'arrived' mid 2019, appearing out of seemingly nowhere. Louisa first was a bit dubious about looking after him, however he worked his charm, and before long, was a fixture of The Galleria. He was named Mr Hemingway by a guest.

After some weeks Louisa took Mr Hemingway to the local vet, only to discover that he had a microchip - and an existing 'owner'. So of course she did the right thing, and returned him to his home some 2 KM up the road. However Mr Hemingway was having none of that, and reappeared the very next morning at The Galleria. After a discussion between Louisa and occupants of Mr Hemingway's former home, his move became official.

Of course what the humans thought was secondary to what Mr Hemingway knew all along: that The Galleria was home!

See a poem about Mr Hemingway here >>

 

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