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ULTIMATE LIST OF THE BEST NEW ZEALAND SOUVENIRS

INSIDE: Everything you need to know about the best New Zealand Souvenirs for family and friends. 

Are you searching for a comprehensive list of the best souvenirs from New Zealand?

You’ve found it.

We’ve gathered a list of authentic traditional Kiwi gifts, plus the best souvenirs from New Zealand, for men, women and children.

There’s FASHION, FOOD, MAORI CULTURE, ART & CRAFT, CHILDREN’S GIFTS and more.

The Guide will help you find where to buy New Zealand souvenirs, and answer the question, what are the best things to buy when visiting New Zealand?

Grab your pen or pencil, or keypad, and take note.

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: 100+ Best New Zealand Souvenirs & Gifts for Family and Friends

Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in NZ dollars, unless otherwise stated

Our list is full of stylish, well made, affordable NZ souvenirs that won’t break the bank.

Plus famous products made in New Zealand.

Avoid tacky, mass produced, made-in-China Kiwi souvenirs as much as possible.

Stick to NZ made gifts, or at least ones designed in New Zealand by New Zealanders.

We’ve organised the list of souvenirs to buy in New Zealand by category.

Click the headings in the contents box above, to go straight to a particular topic, or scroll the entire list from top to bottom.

It’s BIG!

Check our shop suggestions under each category too.

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FAMOUS THINGS TO BUY IN NEW ZEALAND & KIWIANA

No.1: Hobbiton Souvenirs

The most popular thing to buy in New Zealand is arguably something from the Hobbiton Shop in Matamata.

This Hobbiton Souvenir shop sells their own range of Hobbit branded beer and cider, plus:

  • Lord of the Rings paraphernalia including mugs and pottery cups from the famous Green Dragon Inn
  • Hobbiton elf ears
  • LOTR satchels & bags
  • Hobbiton postcards
  • Lord of the Rings books, and
  • ornamental Lord of the Rings sculptures & Pop Funko toys.

Take a look inside here.

No.2: WETA Cave Wellington

You can also visit the WETA Cave in Wellington for more Hobbiton souvenirs and Lord of the Rings Memorabilia such as:

  • LOTR vinyl figures
  • weapons & Gandalf pipes
  • themed board games
  • Hobbiton prop replicas
  • LOTR costume replicas
  • Hobbiton kids toys
  • Hobbiton decals & stationery
  • model kits
  • books
  • trading pins
  • jewellery
  • artwork, and more.

BOOKMARK THIS PAGE: Roam the Gnome’s Ultimate Guide to New Zealand for Kids

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COOL THINGS TO BUY IN NEW ZEALAND?  KIWIANA SOUVENIRS!

Kiwiana souvenirs are things that pay homage to the quirky icons that make up New Zealand’s cultural identity.

These are the things that New-Zealand born or raised people immediately identify with, even when they cringe!

Kiwiana symbols include, but are not limited to, images of:

  • Pavlova
  • Hokey pokey ice cream
  • Black singlets with gumboots
  • Jandals
  • L&P cans
  • New Zealand jade/greenstone jewellery and Maori tikis
  • the motif of the Silver Fern (in Jack’s hands above!)
  • The Kiwi bird
  • Eskimo lollies
  • Footrot Flats
  • Lamingtons (also considered Australiana – we fight over who made these first!)
  • Watties Baked Bean cans

These reimagined New Zealand images grace many a Kiwi souvenir.


RELATED: Ultimate Guide of Awesome Kiwiana Souvenirs (& where to buy them!)

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No.1: Kiwiana Kitchenware

Here’s a few gifts you might find with these iconic Kiwi images.

  • BBQ aprons with hand illustrated symbols of New Zealand (Tractors, Sheep, Sheep dogs, Jandals, Buzzy Bees, L&P bottles, or “Kiwi” sayings)
  • Retro style Pavlova themed apron
  • Kiwiana Teatowel with famous New Zealand sayings (Sweet as, You Beauty, Good as Gold, Bro, Nek minnut, Chur, Massive) or famous places in New Zealand
  • Kiwi bird shaped bottle opener
  • Weighted food covers with New Zealand themed fabric edges (Tui bird, Marmite jars, Pavlova, Paua shells)
  • NZ cookie cutters in silver fern or Kiwi bird shapes
  • Rimu timber cheeseboards or chopping boards
  • Kauri wood bowls, Kauri wood coasters
  • Kiwiana salt and pepper shakers
  • NZ bird coasters or New Zealand Rimu wood coasters
  • Flax table runner
  • Fridge magnets with NZ icons
  • New Zealand tramping enamel mugs
  • The Longest Drink in Town plastic milkshake cups, a recreation of the paper ones from your local dairy
  • Kiwiana shopping bags and cotton totes

These famous New Zealand products capture the hearts of every kiwi, both at home and abroad. 

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No.2: Kiwiana Homewares

  • Kia Ora” door mat (Welcome!)
  • NZ sheepskin rugs
  • Merino wool throws and blankets
  • Rimu Timber Clocks
  • NZ Rimu photo frames and albums
  • Kiwi word art signs with Aroha, Whanau, or Kiwiana sayings
  • Maori-made flax pipi baskets for storage
  • Natural chamois cloth to polish the car, made from New Zealand sheepskin
  • Polished paua shells for ornamental display
  • Polished paua shell house numbers
  • Tofutree Luggage tags in Kiwi designs like the Tui bird
  • 6 pack of Laundry Dryer Balls made from New Zealand wool

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Best Kiwiana Shops for Souvenirs

Global Culture Souvenir shops

Global Culture stores can be found:

  • in the Auckland Ferry Building
  • on Queen Street Auckland
  • in Wellington, and
  • in Nelson.

Global Culture has more stores:

  • at the Christchurch Domestic and International Airport
  • in Christchurch CBD
  • in Queenstown mall, and more.

Click here for shop locations.

MORE North Island souvenir shops

  • Souvenir Factory Shop, 32 Tauhinu Road, Miramar, Wellington
  • OK Gift Shop at 139 Quay St, Princes Wharf, Auckland

MORE South Island souvenir shops

  • New Zealand The Gift at Christchurch airport
  • Shopology, The Arts Centre, 28 Worcester Blvd, Christchurch Central
  • The Red Dog Gift shop, 232 High St, Motueka, Nelson 7120
  • Aotea Gifts, 19 George St, Dunedin, Dunedin – Coastal Otago
  • Aotea Gifts, The Mall, 30 Ballarat St, The Mall, Central Queenstown

New Zealand homewares stores

It’s worth a visit to a New Zealand homewares shop to see if you can pick up sheepskin rugs, greenstone jewellery, and Kiwiana home decor gifts on a budget.

Try:

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WHERE TO BUY THE BEST SOUVENIRS FROM NEW ZEALAND

No.1: High Street Souvenir Shops 

Visit any tourist town in New Zealand North or South Island, and you’ll find generic souvenir shops selling Kiwiana and New Zealand souvenirs.

Don’t dismiss these souvenir shops.

While there is lots of tacky, rubbishy souvenirs made in China, you WILL find unique New Zealand gifts, toys, games, food, snacks, and souvenirs too.

Look out for NZ souvenir shops on the main shopping streets of the North Island:

  • Auckland‘s Queen Street Mall
  • Rotorua
  • Matamata main street
  • Napier in Hawkes Bay
  • Taupo
  • Tauranga
  • Whangarei, and
  • Wellington CBD.

Also try Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin, Nelson, Invercargill, and Blenheim on the South Island.

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No.2: i-Site Visitor Information Centres (Tourist Information Centres)

Tourist Information Centres also stock a small range of Kiwi gifts and souvenirs, including a small range of locally made goods, handmade crafts, art pieces, and locally sourced food products. Worth a look.

No.3: Airport Shops

Airport shops are your last bet before leaving the country, but expect to pay more.


READ MORE: The Best New Zealand Food Snacks to Buy before you leave the country!

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NEW ZEALAND FASHION

No.1: New Zealand Wool Gifts

New Zealand is well known for its’ quality wool clothing and accessories such as:

  • Merino wool ponchos
  • wool scarves
  • pure wool beanies and hats
  • knitted woollen socks
  • wool gloves
  • wool blankets and throws.

BUY UP BIG.

The quality of 100% wool products and woollen clothing in New Zealand is outstanding, and like no where else.

Wyld Organic, and Bowron Sheepskins (since 1879) are two well known New Zealand brands you can trust.

Possum merino hats, scarves and gloves are also popular gifts with visitors to NZ.

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Best New Zealand Wool shops

North Island wool stockists 

  • Find stockists of Wyld Organic Wool Clothing and Accessories throughout New Zealand here.
  • Sheepskins n Stuff, State Highway 1, Putaruru Ph. 07 883 6898
  • Nelson Sheepskin Shop, 48 Bridge Street, Nelson Ph. 03 539 4939
  • Classic Sheepskins factory shop in Napier Hawkes Bay (They provide a free factory tour at 11am and 2pm daily to show visitors how sheepskins are made. ). 22 Thames Street, Pandora, Napier.
  • NZ Wild and Woolly Shop near Tauranga
  • The Sheepskin Warehouse in Evans Bay in Wellington
  • Untouched World store in Auckland or Wellington

Sheepworld Auckland

Sheepworld in Auckland at 324 State Highway One, Warkworth, Auckland 0981, New Zealand sells:

  • sheep skin jackets
  • gloves
  • Merino Wool socks and rugs, as well as
  • kiwiana souvenirs.

It’s a real life sheep station with shows, entertainment, and education too.

South Island Wool stockists

  • Sheepskin & Footwear Factory Shop, 12 Symes Road, Sockburn Christchurch  Ph. 03 389 1038
  • Dunedin Sheepskin Shop, 64 George Street (Octagon end) Dunedin Ph. 03 477 7147
  • Untouched World stores in Christchurch (Flagship and Outlet stores) and Wanaka.
  • Stashh at 38 Windsor Street, Invercargill 9810
  • Encounter Kaikoura at 96 Esplanade Kaikoura
  • Te huia in Queenstown and Arrowtown
  • Seriously Twisted at 7 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016

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No.2: Best New Zealand Clothing Brands

A piece of clothing or a covetable accessory tops the list of the best souvenirs from New Zealand for fashion lovers.

For Kiwi fashion labels, visit Britomart fashion square in Auckland.

New Zealand fashion labels at Britomart include:

  • Trelise Cooper, one of NZ’s most successful fashion exports
  • Karen Walker
  • Kate Sylvester
  • Juliette Hogan
  • Huffer for casual style
  • Deadly Ponies luxury New Zealand accessories label
  • Zambesi
  • Taylor
  • Kathryn Wilson shoes (this is the first ever store for the leading shoe designer)

You can also look for these NZ labels throughout the country:

  • WORLD
  • NOM*d
  • Annah Stretton
  • Ruby

Fashion lovers also buy traditional flax backpacks, handmade flax bags, and handwoven flax hats.

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No.3: Swanndri NZ

The only other clothing piece to mention are the popular Swanndri jackets from New Zealand.

A 100% waterproof woollen overcoat, usually found in a red and black tartan pattern.

This made in New Zealand coat is favoured by anyone who lives on the land, or in the country, or an urban type who loves camping or ‘tramping’ in the New Zealand countryside.

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No.4: Best New Zealand Made Shoes

If you are looking for things to buy from New Zealand for someone who doesn’t want gifts, buy a pair of uggs. They won’t be able to resist!

Buy a pair of New Zealand UGG boots in one of these styles:

  • NZ sheepskin slippers, moccasins or scuffs
  • NZ sheepskin boots

Jandals (known as flip flops in the USA, or thongs in Australia) are a favoured footwear throughout NZ.

Kiwi Boot Polish is a unique gift for men from New Zealand.


BUY NOW ON AMAZON:  UGG Women’s Classic Mini Winter Boot in Chestnut

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No.5: Sport & All Blacks Rugby Union Souvenirs

All Blacks Souvenirs for Rugby Union Fans

Wondering what souvenirs to buy in New Zealand for All Blacks fans?

Rugby Union Fans will be overjoyed with an All Blacks themed gift, especially an item of All Blacks clothing or All Blacks New Zealand memorabilia. 

In most New Zealand souvenir shops, you’ll find a range of All Blacks souvenirs including:

  • Official All Blacks shirts, t-shirts, rugby jerseys from all the teams (mens and womens)
  • All Blacks beach rugby balls, and regular footballs
  • Adidas All Blacks Maori Rugby performance tees
  • Hats, caps, woollen beanies with All Blacks insignia
  • All Blacks mens rugby shirts and socks
  • All Blacks travel mugs, coffee cups,
  • Keyrings, car stickers, hats
  • All Blacks beer stubbie coolers and bottle coolers
  • All Blacks money boxes, beach towels
  • the mascot Kiwi Bird soft toys.

All Blacks souvenirs feature the Silver Fern motif.

There’s also miniature All Blacks soft rugby balls for babies, All Blacks t-shirts for kids, and more All Blacks gear for babies, depending on where you shop.

We received an All Blacks baby onesie when Ned was born, a stir-the-pot gift from his Kiwi uncle Reg.

Ned and Jack are half-Australian/half-Kiwi child, but born in Australia, so there’s constant bantering as the dads try to prove New Zealand’s superiority as a nation.

(Especially in the football!)

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Where to find the All Blacks Shop? 

Wondering where to buy All Blacks jerseys & clothing? 

First stop – try Adidas or Rebel Sport in New Zealand.

On the North Island, you can try: 

  • Champions of the World Sportswear Store in Auckland’s Queen Street
  • Official All Blacks Store at Auckland International Airport

On the South island, visit the Champions of the World Sportswear Store in Christchurch and Queenstown

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No.6: New Zealand Jewellery & Greenstone

New Zealand Jewellery is a much loved gift for women and men of all ages.

These pieces are things you can only buy in New Zealand.

Fun Fact: When Ned was a baby, a friend gifted me a Greenstone drop necklace as it is said to soothes sore gums when mouthed by a baby who is teething.

New Zealand Greenstone Jewellery (Also called New Zealand Jade jewellery)

Greenstone is also called New Zealand jade or by the Maori word, Pounamu. You’ll hear people talk about jade carving as often as you’ll hear the word ‘greenstone’ carving. It’s all very confusing in the beginning.

Look for the authenticity mark on jewellery to ensure your piece is made from real genuine Pounamu sourced from the rivers of the South Island, and not a fake.

NZ Greenstone necklaces and earrings come in a variety of shapes including:

  • Greenstone Circle of Life necklace
  • Greenstone Double Twist or Twist necklace
  • Greenstone Hook Hei Matau necklace
  • Greenstone Koru new life necklace
  • Greenstone Maori Tiki necklace

New Zealand silver jewellery

Or pick up a piece of silver.

  • Kiwi charm beads
  • Maori charms
  • traditional NZ charms (Kauri tree, silver fern, paua shell, maori friendship silver twist charm, Maori tiki charm)

More ideas for inspired gifts

  • New Zealand jewellery boxes made from Rimu timber
  • New Zealand cufflinks

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Where to buy Greenstone jewellery in New Zealand?

Try these shops: 

No.1 Mountain Jade Auckland Airport

Mountain Jade at Auckland International Airport, Hokitika (main store is next to the Clock tower) and Rotorua on 1288 Fenton street.

No.2: The Jade and Opal Factory Arrowtown

Visit the Jade and Opal Factory at 30 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown, New Zealand.

The Arrowtown Jade & Opal Factory has been operating in the same location for over 25 years and retains a local flavour with most of their craftmen being trained right here in Arrowtown, north of Queenstown.

No.3: Puawai Jade Rotorua

Puawai Jade at 1174 Whakaue St, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Manufacturer of Greenstone and high end jewellery products.

No.4: Jade Studio Street Cart Nelson

The Jade Studio Street Cart in Nelson.

Terry and Ruth are a laid back, older couple, carving New Zealand Greenstone pendants in a studio from their home.

No.5: Westland Greenstone Factory

Westland Greenstone Factory at 34 Tancred Street, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand.

Take a tour of their factory to see carving artists at work. 

No.6: Global Culture 

Once again, we recommend Global Culture souvenir shop.

Find details of the shop locations above. 

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No.7: Paua shell jewellery

Pāua is the Māori name for a a large edible abalone (mollusc).

The Paua shell is prized for it’s glittery, shiny patterned shell, used to make jewellery and in craft.

  • Paua shell hair barrette
  • Pau shell necklace
  • Paua shell stud earrings and dangly earrings

No.8: Maori Heru combs for hair

A Heru comb is a traditional Maori hair ornament may be part of a costume for Kapa Haka performances.

In daily life, they are used to pin up the hair. 

Made from both timber and bone, these hand-carved hair combs are an authentic souvenir for fashion enthusiasts.

  • Maori Rimu Manaia Heru comb
  • Maori Bone Heru combs

No.9: New Zealand Bone Carving

Bone carved necklaces are another traditional gift from New Zealand.

They usually come in these traditional shapes:

  • Maori bone hook necklace
  • Maori bone twist necklace
  • Maori bone carved koru necklace

RELATED: The Best Places in New Zealand to see (and shop for) MAORI Weaving, Art & Carving

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NEW ZEALAND SKINCARE & MAKEUP BRANDS

No.1: Alite Mud Masks

The actual best skincare product is New Zealand doesn’t come in a bottle.

You soak in it!  (Like we did here.)

Spend an hour in the boiling hot Hells Gate Mud Bath in Rotorua, followed by a dip in the Sulphur baths, and your skin will glow.

(You’ll also smell like rotten egg, but it’s part of the fun.)

Hells Gate Geothermal Park also sells the Alite brand of mud masks and mud beauty products to take home.

It’s the ONLY place in Rotorua where you can buy authentic Rotorua mud masks with mud from Rotorua thermal pools.

Prices start from $4.50 NZ for a 10ml mud mask sachet.

Hells Gate Mud Baths Tour

Want to jump in a mud bath and sulphur spa at Hells Gate Geothermal Park too? 

Book tickets with Klook here.

Hells Gate Geothermal Park Tour

While you are there, take a tour of the Hells Gate thermal park to see where the silky mud comes from, and try your hand at Maori carving too.

Book Hells gate entry tickets here through Klook

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No.2: MORE New Zealand skin care products

You can also look for these New Zealand skincare products: 

  • Living Nature, since 1987 . Proudly New Zealand’s original certified natural skincare company.
  • Wild Ferns brand New Zealand lanolin cream
  • Manuka Honey skincare
  • NZ Lanolin skincare
  • All Blacks Rugby Skincare – after sport skincare kit, rugby shaving gel, body wash, skincare travel kit
  • Millstream Gardens New Zealand natural balms
  • Frankie Apothecary Kawakawa balm (for eczema)
  • Skinfood
  • Antipodes Nature
  • Trilogy

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MAORI CULTURAL SOUVENIRS

No.1: Maori Gifts and Souvenirs

Here’s a list of authentic New Zealand souvenir ideas for those who want to purchase Maori carvings, Maori art and Maori souvenirs from the local Indigenous people of the land.

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No.2: Maori Carvings

Look for these Maori Souvenirs and Maori Gifts.

  • Maori instruments
  • Human figure statues
  • Maori Tiki masks
  • Wood carved necklaces
  • Koru and Twist carvings made from NZ greenstone
  • Maori fish hook
  • Wakahuia treasure boxes
  • Maori walking sticks with carved handles.

No.3: Maori Art

You can also find Maori art adorning everything from wall art, and t-shirts, to trucker caps.

Find:

  • Maori jewellery
  • Maori temporary tattoos
  • Maori art design cap or hat
  • Maori design clothing
  • Maori wall art
  • Maori design name plaques
  • Maori art playing cards
  • Maori art wall friezes
  • Maori art children’s books and ABC flashcards

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Maori Souvenir Shops

Find Maori designed gifts and souvenirs in most New Zealand Museum shops and New Zealand art galleries.

Visit the souvenir shop at major New Zealand attractions or places such as:

  • Waitomo Caves
  • Rotorua Gondola and Luge
  • Tamaki Maori Village
  • Auckland MOTAT museum
  • Auckland Maritime Museum
  • Te Papa
  • the Auckland Museum, and
  • Lake Taupo attractions

The authentic Maori souvenirs shop is usually found at the exit of the attraction.

Local Tourist Information Offices in places like Rotorua, Auckland and Waiheke island, Waitangi and the Bay of Islands, Hokianga, Taupo, Whanganui, Wellington, Kaikora, Christchurch, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty are another good source for Maori art and craft souvenirs.

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GIFT SHOPS AT MAORI CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS IN NEW ZEALAND

You can also visit the gift shops at these Maori tourism locations in New Zealand

North Island – Rotorua

  • Rotorua Tamaki Village Maori Cultural Experience
  • Hells Gate Geothermal Park
  • Mitai Maori Village
  • Te Puia geothermal park & famous Pohutu geyser
  • Whakarewarewa, the Living Maori Village
  • Mountain Jade, Rotorua

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North Island – Auckland and Waiheke island

  • The Fantail House (formerly the Elephant House) craft cooperative in Auckland
  • Kura Gallery, 95A Customs Street West (Viaduct Basin – behind Portofino) Auckland 1010.
  • Auckland Museum
  • Te Hana Te Ao Marama Maori Cultural Centre

North Island – Waitangi and Bay of Islands

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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North Island – Wellington

  • Te Papa Museum shop
  • Kura Gallery, 19 Allen Street (Courtenay Quarter) Te Aro Wellington 6011

South Island – Christchurch

  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve gift shop (Home to the only place you can see Kiwi birds in the wild without glass interference, and  Ko Tane Maori cultural experience)

South Island – Queenstown

  • Silver Fern Gallery
  • Kapa Design Gallery at the Queenstown airport

South Island – Hokitika

  • Bonz n’ Stonz Carving Studio & Gallery to see Maori greenstone and bone carving in Hokitika
  • Westland Greenstone Factory at 34 Tancred Street, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand. Take a tour of their factory to see carving artists at work.

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BEST NEW ZEALAND FOOD & DRINK FOR GIFTS

No.1: New Zealand Food Souvenirs

The best things to buy in New Zealand for foodies is popular New Zealand brands of food they can use in their own recipes back home, or taste new foods they haven’t tried before.

Take a look at our guide to New Zealand Grocery Stores, and what New Zealand food products to buy there as souvenirs and gifts for foodie friends back home.

It’s full of the New Zealand supermarket must buy items to take home!


RELATED: Ultimate Guide to NEW ZEALAND Grocery Stores & Traditional Kiwi Food to Buy there!

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No.2: New Zealand Snacks, Biscuits, and Slices

We wrote a HUGE list of all the best New Zealand snacks, New Zealand slices and biscuits, popular New Zealand drinks and more to take home as souvenirs.

Take a look at our guide below.


RELATED: The Best New Zealand Snacks to Buy and Eat!

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No.3: Best New Zealand Chocolate Gifts

You can’t go wrong if you take home a block, or ten, of Whittakers milk chocolate.

It’s the best chocolate in New Zealand as far as we are concerned, and the fact the family operated company has been making chocolate for over 120 years proves it.

Whittakers Almond comes in a close second.

Oh, and then there’s the original Whittakers Peanut Slab. (There’s a Hokey Pokey slab too!)

Whittakers products include:

  • Whittakers Coconut chocolate
  • Whittakers Kiwi Fruit chocolate
  • Whittakers Creamy Caramel and Dark Salted Caramel
  • Dark Ghana 72% cocoa chocolate
  • Almond Gold
  • Berry and Biscuit

More recently, the Whittakers chocolate company created two ranges of Artisan chocolate. Warning: Once you start exploring these flavours, you can’t stop.

There’s quite a few other New Zealand chocolates you should try too.

Click here for all the best NZ chocolate & chocolate makers

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No.4: Best New Zealand Candy

New Zealand lollies don’t take up much room in the suitcase, but their enjoyment lasts long after a New Zealand vacation.

Try Black Knight licorice, Allen’s Mackintosh’s Toffees, and Mayceys Jersey Creme Caramels.

It also wouldn’t be right to visit New Zealand without purchasing a bag of New Zealand Chocolate Fish, or original Pineapple Lumps by Pascall sweets.

Beware the cheap imitations made with compound chocolate.

Uggh!

Click here for the Ultimate Guide to New Zealand Candy and Lollies

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BEST NEW ZEALAND COOKBOOKS

No.1: Edmonds Cookery Book

The Edmonds Cookery book, originally released as Sure to Rise, is a household mainstay in NZ.

The Edmonds cookery book has sold over 3 million copies since it was first published in 1908, making it the best-selling New Zealand book by far.

  • Click here to buy now on Amazon.
  • Click here to buy now on Fishpond.
  • Click here to buy now on Mighty Ape. (coming soon)

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No.2: The Great New Zealand Cookbook Series

No.1: The Great New Zealand Cookbook

The Great New Zealand Cookbook is a more recent best seller, curated by Murray Thom & co.

The collection features over 200 recipes from eighty of New Zealand’s finest cooks, chefs and bakers.

  • Click here to buy now on Amazon.
  • Click here to buy now on Fishpond.
  • Click here to buy now on Mighty Ape.

No.2: The Great New Zealand Birthday Cake Book

You can also purchase a copy of The Great New Zealand BIRTHDAY CAKE Book

This New Zealand recipe book has recipes by Celebrity baker, Dean Brettschneider, Jazmine Nixon & more.

Featuring all the most loved kids birthday cakes from over the years including Shaun the Sheep. 

There’s even a KIWI bird cake to try!

Buy it now on Amazon

No.3: The Great New Zealand Baking Book

The Great New Zealand BAKING Book with over 60 of NZ’s finest bakers contributing to this tome

The Great New Zealand Baking Book is divided into seven sections:

  • Muffins & Scones
  • Baked Desserts
  • Sweet Treats
  • Cakes & Loaves
  • Savoury Snacks
  • Biscuits & Slices
  • Not-so-naughty healthy treats

Buy it now on Amazon

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NEW ZEALAND WINE GIFTS

Why not take home some New Zealand wine?

You’ll obviously need to try before you buy, so it’s a good excuse to visit one of the many New Zealand wineries in Hawkes Bay, Waiheke Island, Malborough, Nelson, Waipara, Waitaki Valley, Canterbury, Central Otago, and Gisborne.

Or you could ask the Wine Experts in person.

In Auckland, try:

  • Wine Direct – 69 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand
  • Caro’s Wines – 14 Mackelvie St, Grey Lynn, Auckland
  • Wineseeker – 86-96 Victoria St, Wellington, 6001, New Zealand

In Wellington, try:

  • Regional Wines – 15 Ellice St, Mount Victoria, Wellington
  • Glengarry Wines – 53 Hutt Rd, Pipitea, Wellington

More wine shops in New Zealand

  • Martinborough Wine Merchants, 6 Kitchener St, Martinborough
  • Decant Wine Store – 61a Mandeville St, Riccarton, Christchurch

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NEW ZEALAND GIFTS FOR CHILDREN

No.1: Kiwi Toys

Buy a New Zealand Buzzy Bee pull along toy, a very popular toy for New Zealand kids, and you are done!

The Buzzy Bee toy was created by Auckland brothers, Hector and John Ramsey in the 1940’s and remains one of New Zealand’s most well known characters.

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No.2: New Zealand Made Toys Brands

No.1: Gepetto Toy Crafts

Gepetto Toy Crafts are made in Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand.

They create a range of rattles, dolls (Clowns, Bo jangles, Pinocchio, Worm), cot toys and pram rattles toys.

The wood used in Gepetto’s toys is the locally grown sycamore maple, a readily regenerating species we harvest for toy production.

Find them at Gepetto’s Wooden Toy Shop, 5 Ngapara Street Alexandra, New Zealand

No2: Kiwi Made Toys

Kiwi Made Toys stocks their own handcrafted wooden puzzles featuring native New Zealand birds, quarry trucks, koru to kowhaiwhai.

Their high quality, affordable range offers something for every child.

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Image credit: Ruth Hartnup via Flickr CC BY-2.0

No.3: Tarata Toys

Tarata is New Zealand’s Best Puzzle Maker since 1983!

For over 35 years, they’ve hand-crafted:

  • puzzles
  • NZ Souvenirs
  • toys
  • games including world famous Balancing Animals, like Balancing Kiwis (pictured above) for over 35 years.

The HappyKiwi brand is super cute too!

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No.3: More New Zealand Toys & Souvenirs

Here’s some more New Zealand made toys to look for.

  • Maori Wooden Peg Dolls Family Set
  • Soft NZ Maori doll (boy or girl)
  • Kapa Haka Maori girls or boys costume
  • Maori doll in full Kapa Haka costume
  • Maori Poi spinners
  • Kiwi Bird plush toys
  • Kiwiana puzzles
  • Happy Sheep board game
  • Ti Rakau Maori Stick Game
  • Busy Bags
  • Wooden Kiwi Money Box
  • Big Cuddly Kiwi soft toy
  • Hairy Maclary soft toys
  • Kiwi rattle
  • New Zealand Nesting Dolls in Tiki design
  • Inflatable Kiwi bird toy
  • Magnetic Play Scene Marae and Landscape
  • Kiwiana Tiles Playing Cards by DQ & CO
  • New Zealand Heads and Tails Matching Game
  • New Zealand magnetic tic tac toe
  • Inflatable kiwi fruit swimming pool lilo floating mattress
  • Crayons in Maori (with Maori names for colours)
  • Soft Lamb or Cuddly Sheep toy
  • Inflatable kiwi fruit ring float toy for the pool or lake

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Where to buy toys in New Zealand?

The Warehouse sells a range of Buzzy Bee toys and accessories.

Whitcoulls, and Paper Plus, Take Note, and Toyworld nationwide also stock Kiwi toys made in New Zealand.

North Island Toy shops

  • Auckland Museum
  • Auckland Zoo
  • Jumping Jacks Toys, Hamilton East
  • Wee Willee Winkee, Huntly
  • The Story Teller, Matamata
  • Taupo Puzzle World
  • Rona Gallery, Lower Hutt
  • Magpie at Paremata, Porirua
  • Te Papa’s Treasure Store, Te Papa Museum in the Wellington CBD

South Island Toy shops

  • Kidstuff Timaru, 170 Strafford Street Timaru
  • Toyzone Nelson
  • Crackerjack Toys, Nelson
  • Canterbury Playcentre Shop
  • Nature Discoveries, Riccarton
  • National Transport and Toy Museum Shop, Wanaka – 891 Wanaka, Luggate Highway, Wanaka, New Zealand (Next to Wanaka Airport)
  • Puzzling World, Wanaka
  • The Toy Collector – the only South Island distributors of Regal Soldiers – proudly NZ made. 90 Falsgrave Street, Waltham, Christchurch, NZ

You’ll also find a range of New Zealand made toys in all Museum shops, Art Gallery shops, & in the Gift Shop at cultural attractions.

Check the labels to make sure they are made in New Zealand before you buy. 

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Image credit: Bernard Spragg NZ via Flickr CC BY-1.0

No.4: NZ Kids Books

These are our favourite New Zealand kids books to buy as souvenirs and gifts for friends.

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No.1: Perky the Pukeko by Michelle Osment

The Perky the Pukeko book is my number one kids book ever.

The musical rhyming of the text makes me feel like I sing the book, not read it. It’s pure joy, and one of the only children’s books I can read over, and over, and over again.

Our copy is trashed by love.

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No.2: Big List of Best New Zealand Children’s Book

  • Grandma joins the All Blacks
  • A Pukeko in a Ponga Tree
  • Kuwis Rowdy Crowd
  • I think I saw a Pukeko by Katrina Ward
  • Ed Climbs a Big Hill by Dreydon Sobanja
  • Buzzy Bee, the Clutter Clean Up (and other books in the Buzzy Bee series)
  • ABC’s for Kiwis and 123’s for Kiwis by Jahri Jah Jah
  • Kuwi the Kiwi series of books by Author/Illustrator Kat Merewether have raised over $10,000 for Kiwi conservation through sales

Famous New Zealand Children’s Authors

No.1: Dame Lynley Stuart Dodd

The Hairy Maclary series was written by New Zealand author, Dame Lynley Stuart Dodd

No.2: Pamela Kay Allen 

New Zealand children’s book author Pamela Kay Allen has sold more than 5 million copies of her titles including the Mr McGee series, and Who Sank the Boat?

No.3: Margaret Mahy

New Zealand author, Margaret Mahy wrote more than 100 picture books, 40 novels and 20 collections of short stories.

A Lion in the Meadow, The Three Legged Cat, the Witch in the Cherry Tree, The Great White Man Eating Shark, and The Changeover are included in her list of titles published. 

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Shop at these bookshops in New Zealand

The Warehouse, Whitcouls, and Paper Plus stock quality Kiwi books for kids.

North Island Bookshops

  • Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop in Ponsonby Auckland
  • Storytime Whangarei
  • The Story Teller Matamata
  • The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbernie, Wellington Region
  • Bookmark, Auckland

South Island Bookshops

  • Children’s Bookshop, Christchurch
  • University Bookshop (Otago) Dunedin
  • Book Haven, Wellington
  • Scorpio Books, Christchurch

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Image credit: Lamington socks

No.5: New Zealand Children’s Clothing

There are a number of small emerging New Zealand clothing designers making children’s clothes and accessories. Take a look.

  • Lamington merino socks for kids.
  • Intro, a street size brand by Federation for little kids
  • Radicool Kids, street and surf clothing for kids
  • Freedom Kids, ethically made in New Zealand. Gender neutral.
  • Band of Boys, a NZ clothing brand just for kids
  • Postie, one of New Zealand’s leading brands for kids’ clothing
  • Babu, organic baby clothes, merino wool baby clothing, clothing for 1-5 year olds and organic cotton bedding
  • Nature Baby organic clothing for kids

Where to buy New Zealand made children’s clothes?

North Island

  • Baby on the Move – Find stores in Auckland, North Shore, Pukekohe, Napier, Hamilton, Wellington north, Wellington south
  • Nature Baby Auckland at 433 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
  • Merino Kids at Ecostore, 2 Scotland Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland
  • Childhood Shop at 4 St Heliers Mall, 33 St Heliers Bay Road
  • Kid Republic at 59 Nuffield St, Newmarket
  • Bambini at 24 Gateway Lane Upper Level Capital Gateway, 34-56 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon, Wellington
  • Organic Baby, Lower Hutt
  • Magnolia, Wellington
  • Flourish at 325 SH16 Huapai

South Island

  • Cherub Childrenswear in Blenheim
  • Baby on the Move – Canterbury, Port Nelson, Kaikorai
  • Kidtuff Timaru
  • The Barn, Frankton
  • Moi Design, Dunedin

You can also try Amcal Pharmacy in smaller towns.

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HOBBIES & HOMEWARES IN NEW ZEALAND

No.1: New Zealand Arts and Crafts

New Zealand is FULL of artists, painters, knitters, crochet creators, sculptors, felters, potters, & people making their living through creative arts.

That means there’s a HUGE resource of shops selling amazing art and craft supplies, including:

  • hand dyed wools and knitting yarns
  • plant dyed fabrics
  • unique tools such as wool carding machines and hand carders,
  • and so much more.

The list is long.

Find lots of ideas for buying souvenirs for artistic friends and family in these FOUR New Zealand shopping guides below. 

Click here for the Ultimate List of the Best New Zealand Crafts Shops & Artist Cooperatives.


READ MORE: The Best Wool Shops in Auckland and New Zealand for yarn and knitting supplies.

READ MORE: The Best Craft Markets in New Zealand

READ MORE: The Guide to Where to buy Fabric in New Zealand

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No.2: New Zealand Stationery and Paper Goods

If you love paper and stationery, keep a look out for these stationery gifts in New Zealand.

  • New Zealand cards and postcards
  • Contemporary Kiwi Alphabet Card Set (or Wall Frieze) featuring NZ icons, designed by Tanya Wolfkamp.
  • Post a Pop Out Hanging Decorations by Ian Blackwell – Kiwi, Caravan, Kamper, Reindeer, Tree
  • Playing Cards with NZ icons

A special mention to Ian Blackwell products.

While they don’t have a shop front, take a browse of their website to see the range of handmade Christmas gifts and Keeper keyrings and magnets featuring Kiwiana icons such as:

  • sheep
  • Marmite
  • Kiwi kampers
  • Tui birds
  • bach houses
  • black ferns, and
  • Swanni shirts.

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Where to buy stationery in New Zealand?

Whitcoulls, The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery (similar to Officeworks), and Paper Plus.

Auckland stationery shops

  • Passion for Paper, the first fine stationery store to open in New Zealand. 217 Parnell Road, Auckland.
  • Flo and Frankie, Auckland
  • Smith and Caugheys, Auckland
  • Daiso 
  • Iko Iko Auckland at (Iko Iko sells Maori stamp pads!)
  • Cravehome 

Stationery shops Wellington

Check out these Wellington stationery shops if you are in town

  • Iko IkoWellington 
  • Tea Pea, Wellington
  • Matchbox Studios 166 Cuba Street, Wellington

Stationery Shops Christchurch

These two stationery shops in Christchurch sell gorgeous designs

  • Shut the Front Door, Christchurch
  • Hapa, Christchurch

MORE stationery shops in New Zealand South Island

  • The Design Library, Greytown
  • Cerise, Blenheim
  • Moi design, Dunedin
  • Fallow and Fox, Dunedin
  • William Bee General Merchants, Oamaru
  • Design federation, Oamaru

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No.3: New Zealand Holiday Ornaments

No.1: Abstract Designs

My friend gifted me an adorable 3D Kiwi bird Christmas decoration in a flatpack kit set from New Zealand Abstract Designs.

We made it ourselves in five minutes and can’t wait to hang it on the Christmas tree this year.

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The NZ memorabilia 3D designs include:

  • bees
  • Pokutukawa flower
  • fantail birds
  • kowhai flowers
  • tractors
  • caravans
  • jandals (thongs)
  • tui and pukeko birds
  • sheep, and
  • Haka decorations.

They stock a wide variety of flat circular lasercut designs featuring Kiwiana imagery too, including Pokutukawa flower, Kiwi, tui and Kereru birds, and Tuatara lizards.

No.2: Ian Blackwell Designs New Zealand Gift shop

Check out the Ian Blackwell range of Christmas tree decorations too.

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No.3: Buzzy Bee Christmas Decorations

But the best find is right here.

Buy a set of 8 BUZZY BEE Christmas decorations for the tree!

Who can resist this National Kiwiana icon on the tree? 

BUY NOW ON AMAZON: Buzzy Bee set of 8 Christmas ornaments

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Image credit: Christoph Strassler via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

NATIONAL SOUVENIRS FROM NEW ZEALAND

How about these New Zealand products as a unique gift?

  • New Zealand Flag
  • New Zealand flag bunting
  • New Zealand Maps and vintage maps
  • Regional Souvenir Spoons

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BUDGET SOUVENIRS NZ

Best Cheap Souvenirs from New Zealand?

Looking for cheap things to buy in New Zealand for the kids’ school friends and neighbourhood kids. 

Or perhaps you want to bring back kiwi gift ideas from New Zealand for your workmates without spending a fortune.

Here’s some more ideas for you.

New Zealand Souvenir Coins (pressed pennies).

Find pressed penny machines in New Zealand at:

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You can also buy these cheap souvenirs in New Zealand:

Still wondering what to buy in New Zealand?

  • New Zealand souvenir fridge magnets
  • New Zealand iron on patches, or badges
  • New Zealand enamel pins (like these ones pictured above, from Iko Iko.)
  • NZ souvenir t shirts
  • NZ souvenir hats featuring the Silver Fern
  • NZ icons neck pillow for travel
  • Silver fern pins and badges
  • New Zealand map tea towels
  • Funny New Zealand t-shirts featuring Flight of the Concorde, Footrot Flats, or Kiwi birds with strange hobbies

If you are on the South Island, visit DF Souvenirs in Queenstown – it’s by far one of the best value souvenirs shops in New Zealand.

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NEW ZEALAND FARMERS MARKETS

Here’s our tips on the best New Zealand shopping destinations to find gourmet food producers & people making soaps, perfumes, growing flowers, beeswax wraps, candles and more. 

These fresh food markets in New Zealand are delightful! 

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Image credit: Willow and Wolfe

BEST NEW ZEALAND GIFT BOXES

If you aren’t heading to New Zealand anytime soon, but want to purchase New Zealand gifts and souvenirs, why not organise a gift hamper?  This way, you can buy NZ gifts to send overseas, to yourself, or someone else.

No.1: Willow and Wolfe gift boxes

Our pick of the bunch is to use Willow & Wolfe.

Their gift boxes and hampers are filled with New Zealand made gourmet treats.

No.2: Giftbox Boutique NZ

Giftbox Boutique creates popular gift baskets and hampers with LOTS of artisan food and wine products from New Zealand to choose from.

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No.3: New Zealand Snack Boxes

You can also buy a range of the most popular New Zealand food products on Amazon, including giant bags of Minties, Pineapple lumps, and Manuka honey.

Any NZ Gift Ideas we’re missing?

Do you have a Kiwi product we should know about?

Email us with details to be considered for the list.

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