Blacksmithing Course - Kowhai Forge

Try your hand at the art of blacksmithing In the beautiful central North Island.


  • Make a hand forged knife, small axe, herb knife, fire poker or choose an item of your choice.
  • Your tutor is one of the true time served Blacksmiths in New Zealand with passion, skill, and deep understanding
  • Situated in the beautiful central North Island, the blacksmith forge is set in perfect environment for inspiration and creativity!
  • Take your own piece of art home with you

Suitable for beginners, you have the choice to choose what your would like to create over the course, and best of all - you get to take your own piece of art home with you!

Your tutor, Rob, is one of the true time served Blacksmiths in New Zealand.

Rob teaches with lots of enthusiasm and Kiwi humor, so you know you’ll have a great time!

His passion, skill, and deep understanding this fascinating skill ensures you a truly authentic experience into the world of Blacksmithing in New Zealand.

Fantastic year round - in the summer months the large forge doors are opened to let the sunshine in and in the winter months you will be cozy and warm inside by the coal fire.

Location: 243 Waipapa road, RD7 Te Awamutu 3877

Half-day experience in the forge: The half-day course is great for those who would like to get a little taste of what blacksmithing is all about. You’ll be introduced to some of the basics and will have time for a small hand forged project. Here are some of the things you can choose from: a fire poker, coat hook, garden tool, herb/pizza knife, pizza oven tool, corkscrew or bottle opener.

Duration: 9am - 1pm, morning tea provided

Full day experience in the forge: More time, better projects! A full day is great for knife making. Several styles are possible such as a hunting/camping or a chef’s knife. You will hand forge your knife from scratch (with a little help of course!) and will fit it with a wooden handle. A small axe is also possible to make during this workshop. Other fun projects are a door knocker, a bird feeder, flowers, gardening tools, BBQ tools or how about a set of tools for your fireplace or pizza oven? Do you have another idea? Let us know, we love trying new things!

Duration: 9am - 4pm, morning tea and lunch provided

Half Day $199.00
Full Day $299.00

What's included

  • Safety glasses and ear protection
  • Morning tea
  • Morning tea and lunch (Full day course)


  • Both half day and full day experiences start at 9:00am

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Nishka from New Zealand wrote on 20 March 2020

Life long dream come true.

I'd give it 6 stars if I could. For anyone wanting to learn the ancient art of the Blacksmith or just have a fun day and go home with something you've made and a great story to tell, this experience is well worth it. Rob is always willing to pass on his wealth of knowledge and experience. His enthusiasm for the craft is contagious and the full day experience is honestly not enough for any avid fan of crafting glowing hot metal. I could have spent a week there. Arja's authentic, home cooking was phenomenal and really added to the whole experience. You can't learn on an empty stomach. I will definitely be going back to Kowhai Forge.

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Thank you so much for this amazing feedback. We really appreciate it and we'd love to see you back!

Heather from New Zealand wrote on 05 October 2020

Great day out

Purchased the half day experience for hubby and father-in-law. They had a great time, and are very happy with what they made. Thanks for a great experience Kowhai Forge.

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Awesome to hear, thank you very much!

Gus from New Zealand wrote on 19 January 2020

Excellent experience

Friendly, knowledgeable and excellent facilities. My dad and I went for the half day and loved it. Unlike anything else Ive done and got to take home our own bit of craftmanship. Id highly recommend it to anyone.

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Thank you very much for your review, Gus. We enjoyed meeting you both and it is great to hear you both had a good time!Thanks, Rob and Arja

jaredw from New Zealand wrote on 17 January 2020

Great Experience-Great Hospitality-Great Outcome

Hi, this is the second advanced tool making course Ive taken with Rob and this time I made a rounding hammer for my home forge. Under Rob's oversight and direction I made a great hammer. At the same time I got to pick his brains on the other projects going on. The hospitality was fantastic, with great food during the breaks. a 10/10 experience.

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Thank you very much Jared. It was great to see you again!!

Sebastien from France wrote on 11 October 2019

Super journée hautement recommandé

Rob & Arja were very welcoming and the course was awesome. I did full day course so i was available to forge my own kitchenette knife i'm so grateful to have a knife i'll carry for all my carrer. I'll not forget to tanins Arja for the beautiful lunch. (And thank's again for the receipe!!!!) well if you want to spend a good day and learning some blacksmith that's definitly the place to be Cheers Seb

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Merci beaucoup! We loved having you guys and hope you will enjoy using your knife! Thanks, Rob and Arja


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