Deciduus Gallery Taupo

Art & Nature | New Zealand Made & Grown

Explore art and nature with us

Deciduus Gallery Taupo is a charming space nestled in the heart of Taupo's Marama Arcade. This store is lovingly run by established Waikato Artist, Santie Cronje, and Horticulturist, Shane Berger. Their unique space is not just another gallery or plant store. Instead, it blends the worlds of Art and Nature together, creating a distinctive, warm environment that feels more like stepping into a friend's beautiful home. Santie and Shane both possess a love and expertise in their respective areas, whether you're seeking artistic inspiration or looking to embellish your space with natural beauty

Meet Santie

Santie Cronje is an established artist in New Zealand, with collectors of her work both locally and worldwide. Born and educated in South Africa, Santie travelled through Europe to deepen her art understanding before an adventurous sail from Cape Town to Gibraltar. This journey and meeting a Kiwi led her to settle in New Zealand in 1999. Now, Santie divides her time between running the store and pursuing her passion for painting or creating dried flower arrangements in her sunny studio near Tirau. 'Art is central to my life,' she says. 'I've always been passionate about it and can't picture living without it. Working with our talented artists and sharing their amazing work with our valued customers is deeply fulfilling.'

Meet Shane

Shane Berger, a true New Zealander, grew up surrounded by the natural beauty of the rural South Waikato. Following his university studies, Shane travelled overseas and gained further horticultural experience working in  England, Canada, Holland and Australia. After several years abroad, he returned to New Zealand, bringing with him a wealth of expertise in plant care and horticulture. Shane's knowledge of plants greatly contributes to our indoor plant collection, making him an invaluable member of our team. Customers frequently praise the exceptional health and appearance of our plants. Beyond maintaining our collection, Shane is dedicated to assisting customers with personalized advice on plant care and the strategic placement of plants in both residential and commercial spaces.


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