Head over the hill from Puriri Bay. Schooner Bay road will take you past the Elephant Gallery, over a bridge and soon back onto gravel road. Take it easy if you aren’t use to driving on gravel.
At the foot of the hill, you’ll find quiet Schooner Bay. This bay has lots of permanent residents, tucked away in the hills over looking the small natural harbour. You’ll find evidence of the island’s commercial fishing days with several old rusted fishing boats pulled up onto the shoreline to live out their final days.
Schooner bay waters are crystal clear and a great place to snorkel, especially if a pod of dolphins come into the bay.
Head up the hill to the Black Cow Gallery, where local wood carver Peter Edmonds and artist Fenella Christian share their work. The shop is open everyday and works on an honesty box system. Take some cash with you, most people leave with a beautiful wood carving or small souvenir.
Old commercial fishing boats pulled up on the shore
Black Cow Gallery