Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Auckland (Self Guided)

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 Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: New Zealand » Auckland (See other walking tours in Auckland)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Author: Daniel
N to Z Classic Kiwi Culture

1) 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.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9:00-18:00.
Icebreaker TouchLab

2) Icebreaker TouchLab

What to buy here: Icebreaker Clothing.

The New Zealand brand, Icebreaker, uses New Zealand wool – specifically Merino - for a huge range of clothing e.g. scarves, gloves, singlets, jumpers, leggings, dresses, skirts, jackets and plenty more. Icebreaker merino fabric combines all the warmth of traditional wool with the lightweight and fast drying properties of synthetic s which makes their clothing especially suitable for biking, hiking, hunting, mountaineering, multisport, travel and yoga just to name a few activities. Icebreaker makes clothes for men, women and kids. Queen Street in Auckland has many stores with clothing suitable for the outdoors. Visit the Icebreaker TouchLab Queen Street store to browse over the huge range of available clothing made from this distinctly New Zealand bred wool. Prices are reasonable. For example, gloves start at NZD40 and long sleeved tops from NZD100. The Queen Street store is located at 105 Queen Street. Their phone number is 09 969 1653. Store hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm.
Kiwiana Souvenirs and Gifts

3) Kiwiana Souvenirs and Gifts

What to buy here: Paua Shell Ashtrays and Swamp Kauri Clocks.

Treated paua shell highlights the unique array of gorgeous blues, greens and purples inherent in the shell. Paua shell ashtrays specifically are a quintessential New Zealand gift found in many New Zealand homes today. The ashtray is made from a whole half of the shell which is the perfect size for an ashtray. The shell itself is unaltered so it retains its natural shape and colour. An alternative type of paua ashtray are the resin ones that have many small pieces of paua embedded in a clear resin. Paua ashtrays are a fashionably kitsch gift.

Kauri is one of New Zealand’s most iconic trees and unfortunately, there are hardly any left. During the early 1900s, huge blocks of native Kauri forest were cleared for farming all over New Zealand. Over a hundred years later, swamp kauri is being excavated and due to the distinctive beauty of the wood, swamp kauri is experiencing a renewed popularity. Clocks made from swamp kauri are natural and uniquely shaped. No two are the same. They certainly make wonderful gifts that act as a distinctive point of interest in any home. They are wooden but are heavily lacquered to enhance and highlight the natural beauty of the wood. The clocks come well-packaged and suitable for packing away in your checked in luggage. The cost of these clocks range from NZD89 through to NZD340 depending on size.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9:00-19:00.
Wellesley Street Post Shop

4) Wellesley Street Post Shop

What to buy here: First Day Covers of New Zealand Stamps

New Zealand is a country of avid stamp collectors. Long after the rest of the world embraced the internet and other forms of modern communication, many New Zealanders still post letters. It probably has something to do with being so far from the rest of the world so to get a letter from overseas used to be a big deal. Every year an edition of first day covers are produced. The pack includes every new stamp released in the last twelve months. The stamps are arranged in series and are mounted on illustrative commemorative envelopes. These packs can only be purchased at a New Zealand post shop outlet and are sold at set prices at all post shop outlets. These are currently priced at NZD173. There are a number of post shops in Auckland city. In addition, every mall in Auckland has a post shop. The Wellesley Street Post Shop is in the Kiwibank Building at 24 Wellesley Street in the Auckland CBD. Phone number is +64 9 379 6710. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Glengarry Ponsonby

5) Glengarry Ponsonby

What to buy here: 42 Below Vodka & New Zealand Wine.

42 Below Vodka is one of New Zealand’s most famous alcoholic exports. The success of this vodka is also testament to good old fashioned kiwi perseverance and ingenuity. The story of this vodka’s path to success has also been immortalised in a book about its humble beginnings. It’s called Every Bastard Says No by Geoff Ross. The book retails for approximately NZD45 and is available at most book stores. If you’d rather drink the vodka instead of read about it, 42 Below Vodka is available in a range of distinctly kiwi flavours e.g. manuka honey, kiwifruit, feijoa and passionfruit. It is available at most liquor outlets in New Zealand and priced at around NZD40 for a 700ml bottle.

New Zealand has some internationally renowned, award-winning wines. Sauvignon wine from the Marlborough region of New Zealand is especially notable. New Zealanders love their wine so if you’ve enjoyed New Zealand’s wine, then a bottle of wine to take home with you is a classic gift. There are many vineyards in the Auckland area so if you haven’t already found the perfect wine, then thankfully Auckland has been generously bestowed with more than its fair share of wine stores. Award-winning wines are affordably priced from between NZD20 up to over NZD250.

Visit the Glengarry outlet at 139 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland. Or if you prefer to sample the product before you buy it, you can wine or dine first at any of the many bars and restaurants on Ponsonby Road. Glengarry Ponsonby is open seven days Monday to Wednesday 9am to 9pm, Thursday to Saturday 9am to 10pm, and Sunday 12pm to 8pm. Phone the store on 09 378 8252.
Auckland Zoo

6) Auckland Zoo

What to buy here: Wooden Kiwis.

The shy kiwi is New Zealand’s national bird. They are endangered so to catch a glimpse of one, is especially memorable for most visitors to New Zealand. As a souvenir, the kiwi comes in many forms but the most classic is when it is made of wood. Wooden kiwis of many shapes and forms can be found in almost any store that sells souvenirs, art, and wooden homeware products. A fitting place to purchase wooden kiwis is at Auckland Zoo. The zoo itself has a darkened kiwi enclosure so it’s a nice experience to be able to see a kiwi and then buy a wooden souvenir of these nocturnal, shy creatures from the same place. The Wildzone Gift Shop is open daily between 9.30am and 5.30pm excluding Christmas Day. One can expect to pay in the realms of between NZD30 up to NZD100 for a gorgeous wooden kiwi. The zoo is located on Motions Road in Western Springs, Auckland. Phone Wildzone on 09 376 3035.

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.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation 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
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
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
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
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
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: 4.4 km

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Whether you are in Auckland for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Auckland has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Auckland, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.