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Welcome to Bear Cottage!

About Us

We are open to the public:

10am to 3pm Tuesday - Saturday

Sunday & Monday closed

Other times can be arranged

Groups and tour buses welcome and need to be booked.


There is no entrance charge to bear cottage.

Entrance at the back of the house.

A treasure trove of gifts

Teddies, blankets, footwear, hats, clothing.. we have it all.

Come in and see all the teddies and gifts we have. Find a unique gift for someone special in New Zealand or to take overseas with you.

About Bear Cottage

Bear Cottage is located in Whakatane on the east side of the North Island, New Zealand.

I have been making bears for several years having learned many sewing skills from my toymaker mother, when I was in my teens. Four years ago my son and I started to make them from possum furs a friend gave us to try. It has taken from then to perfect the bears and the learning process was very challenging and somewhat frustration. The first ones were thrown away and we were tempted many times to return to the safety of mohair and synthetic fabrics.

But we persevered and we now can offer various bear designs as well as other accessories. Bears have glass eyes so not for young children to play with as choking hazard.

We have been making possum products now for many years with all positive comments to our work.

We hope you will like our possum designs.

We also now stock a range of possum merino wool items as well as selling a range of items through Ebay and Trade Me.

We also sell a range of other products including Beatrix Potter, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Kate Finn Gollies, Buzzy Bee and a range of other synthetic teddy bears including animated ones.