Arapawa’s Precious Pearls

Family owned and operated Arapawa Blue Pearls showcases the majestic side of paua in New Zealand.



Local to the Marlborough Sounds, these pearls and jewellery are cultured in this special part of the South Island. These pearls are created by placing a seed in a paua shell and allowing them to grow for another four years. After the pearls have formed, the fish are harvested for meat while the shell is cut down to produce pearls. The remaining paua shell is used to aid in reseeding juvenile paua into the ocean or sold to craft local artwork.

The little island of Arapawa also offers three homesteads with its own personal beach and beautiful hills to adventure. You can head there to stay or book a tour through Beachcomber Cruises to see the process.

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