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Souvenir Shopping (Self Guided), Auckland

It would be a pity to leave Auckland without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Auckland, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: New Zealand » Auckland (See other walking tours in Auckland)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The Warehouse
  • N to Z Classic Kiwi Culture
  • Countdown
  • La Cigale
  • Auckland Museum Store
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The Warehouse

1) The Warehouse

What to buy here: Wooden Buzzy Bees.

Every New Zealand child has grown up with a colourfully painted wooden buzzy bee. It has a string attached that toddlers pull along. This distinctive children’s toy has been around since the 1930s and the image itself is experiencing a fashionable rebirth as a popular image on a whole range of domestic media including tea towels, canvas and T-shirts. Pull along wooden buzzy bees are an iconic New Zealand gift that kiwis give to each other so for a gift that any child would love, a wooden buzzy bee is sure to be a winner. Wooden buzzy bees are readily available at most toy stores in Auckland and retail for approximately NZD35. For a large range of toys under one roof, visit The Warehouse. The Warehouse is located in the Downtown Shopping Centre on the corner of Custom and Albert Streets in Auckland. The phone number is +64 0 309 6996. The store is open seven days a week between 8am and 8pm.
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N to Z Classic Kiwi Culture

2) N to Z Classic Kiwi Culture

What to buy here: Ceramic Pukekos.

Pukekos are an indigenous New Zealand bird often seen picking around on the side of the road. In their ceramic form, they make colourful and quirky gifts, especially the ones with ceramic bodies and legs made from strips of leather. They are especially becoming when sat on sideboards and mantle pieces with their legs dangling off the edge. They come in a range of colours and sizes and are all handmade. The hard part will be deciding whether one is enough or whether a pair is more sociable. For garden lovers, ceramic pukekos with stilts for legs make for a fun and colourful addition to any garden.
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Countdown

3) Countdown

What to buy here: Pineapple Lumps, Manuka Honey & Marmite.

One of the most requested food items for New Zealanders living overseas is Pascall’s Pineapple Lumps. Unique to New Zealand from 1935, they are an extremely popular New Zealand confectionary. If you have a sweet tooth or are souvenir shopping for someone with a sweet tooth, you can assure yourself and them that Pascall Pineapple Lumps are a national delicacy. Pineapple lumps are small square lumps of pineapple flavoured chewy sweets covered in a thin layer of chocolate. They are available in 140 gram family bags for between NZD2-3 dollars and 300 gram jumbo packs for approximately NZD3-4 dollars.

Manuka honey is New Zealand’s best known honey. There are a huge range of products made from it aside from its obvious use as a breakfast spread. These include cosmetics and health supplements.

Manuka honey has been giving generations of New Zealanders its health-maintaining benefits for many years. Today, the active ingredients of pure manuka honey are rated by their UMF or ‘Unique Manuka Factor’. The higher the factor, the more potent the antibacterial properties. There is a range of manuka honey products available with different strengths. 250g jars of active Manuka Honey will set you back approximately NZD30, whilst a 100 gram Manuka Honey hand crème starts at NZD22.

Since the dawn of time, a war has raged between the popularity of New Zealand marmite and Australian vegemite. New Zealand marmite is definitely an acquired taste and generally described as incredibly salty and savoury. It is made from a potent mix of yeast, sugar, salt, herbs, spices, vitamins and mineral and is a popular breakfast spread. It’s been around since 1910 in New Zealand so whilst it’s a firm favourite for New Zealanders, it’s almost always an acquired taste for everyone else. New Zealand marmite is manufactured by Sanitarium. Marmite comes in pottles of four different sizes i.e. 125grams, 175grams, 250grams and 500grams. It’s generally used quite sparingly because it has such a strong flavour. Prices range from between NZD3 and NZD7. Sanitarium Marmite is found in just about every supermarket in New Zealand. As long as it remains sealed, there should be no issues without taking this food item back home.
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La Cigale

4) La Cigale

Established in 1997 by Elizabeth and Mike Lind, La Cigale is a weekly French style Farmers Market held at Saint Georges Bay Road, in Parnell suburb of Auckland. Elizabeth and Mike have been travelling to France for many years and have been inspired by all aspects of French style – from fashion to interior decoration to food & wine. La Cigale also offers antique items brought from dealers and markets throughout France with most coming from the South. Most pieces date from the mid to late 19th century and there is a strong emphasis on furniture and objects related to France’s other major pastimes, namely food and wine: old bistro tables and chairs, grape harvesting containers, cave a vin (bottle storing cages), wine bottle carriers, wine presses and so on. Most shipments include some pieces from the 18th and 20th centuries and some stone pieces are from the mid 17th century. Antique cutlery and mid 20th century costume jewellery are also much sought after.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm, Saturday: 8 am - 1:30 pm, Sunday: 9 am - 1:30 pm.
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Auckland Museum Store

5) Auckland Museum Store

What to buy here: Greenstone.

Greenstone is similar in appearance to jade but in New Zealand, the stone is distinctly darker and softer. Revered by the indigenous Maori, common greenstone gifts are pendants, kiwi sculptures and even just a small block of greenstone itself. New Zealand greenstone (also known as pounamu) is very soft so it lends itself well to a range of beautiful gifts that showcases its innate beauty whilst at the same time, embodying New Zealand’s clean green image. For a representative sample of appropriate greenstone gifts, visit the Auckland Museum’s gift store. Auckland Museum is one of New Zealand’s largest repositories of ancient and culturally significant greenstone artifacts. So after admiring the items on display, visit the museum store to take away your own small piece of New Zealand greenstone. The most popular greenstone souvenirs range from pendants through to sculpture in a range of Maori themes and symbols. Pendants start from NZD20 whilst sculptures can set you back hundreds of dollars. The museum store is open daily except for Christmas Day. Opening hours are 10am – 5pm. Their phone number is +64 9 309 2580. The museum is located in Auckland Domain.

Walking Tours in Auckland, New Zealand

Create Your Own Walk in Auckland

Create Your Own Walk in Auckland

Creating your own self-guided walk in Auckland is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Auckland Galleries Walking Tour

Auckland Galleries Walking Tour

Auckland offers a vast range of art galleries which houses an outstanding collection of paintings and holds frequent exhibitions. Works of famous local and international artists are presented here. Fans of modern art will be especially pleased. Take the following tour to see the best Auckland art galleries!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Auckland Religious Buildings Tour

Auckland Religious Buildings Tour

Auckland houses a vast array of religious buildings and places of worship. Some of them date back to the 19th century and are considered to be landmarks and fine examples of beautiful architecture. Take the following tour to see Auckland’s most important religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Auckland Historic Buildings Tour

Auckland Historic Buildings Tour

Auckland is not famous as a historical city, but it does have a lot of historical buildings, dating back to the 19th century. These old buildings, with beautiful architecture, keep the glorious past of the city alive and are considered as landmarks. Take the following tour to see the historical buildings of Auckland.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Auckland Introduction Walk

Auckland Introduction Walk

Auckland is an interesting city which attracts a lot of tourists because of its fine landmarks and attractions. Its beautiful landscape is dominated by volcanic hills, green parks and gardens. This "city of sail" has some of the best beaches and water sports venues in the world. Check out the best attractions in Auckland in the next orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Auckland Culture Tour

Auckland Culture Tour

Auckland houses a vast range of cultural venues such as museums and galleries. The New Zealand National Maritime Museum will show you local maritime activity and its history, whereas, at Ewelme Cottage you will find original kitchen equipment and household items, dating back to the 19th century. The Auckland War Memorial Museum will help you to discover the military and natural history of New...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles

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