About Us

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Imagine you work for a big organisation. In an office. You have a desk and a chair and everyday you turn up and sit, and wait. But nothing ever happens. You begin to suspect that the department has been here so long that the Organisation has forgotten it exists.

After a while you get bored just sitting and being an imaginative soul you decide to do something to fill in your time. A painting perhaps (the walls do look a bit bare), or some sewing (a cushion would help the sitting), or some cheery bunting, or you could make some jewellery or a cheeseboard or . . . or . . .


 Located at 14 Hastings Street, Napier, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things is a curated collection of handmade products from some of the finest creative makers in New Zealand.

This eclectic collection is wrangled into shape by a fistful of makers who go by the name of “The Curators”  . . . . Andy Heyward of Fat Spatula,  Michelle Ransom of Circo, and Mel Stothers of Wildflower Designs.

Our Hours

We are open seven days a week all year except Christmas day, Good Friday,  Easter Sunday and Anzac Day (when we open at 1pm).

Our Address

14 Hastings Street, Napier 4110

Hawkes Bay, New Zealand