Souvenir Shopping Part 2, 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 2 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
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: 4.7 km
Author: Daniel
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.

2) Hartings

What to buy here: Sheepskin Rugs.

New Zealand has more sheep than people, a long standing joke amongst New Zealand’s immediate neighbours. Natural, undyed sheepskin rugs are representative of New Zealand’s huge farming industry. Sheepskin rugs are super soft, natural and a warm shade of cream. People are always surprised at how soft they feel. The rugs are locally made and each piece is uniquely shaped. They come in a range of sizes and many stores provide the sheepskin rugs in vacuum packs that make them suitably small enough to fit into checked luggage. They range in cost from approximately NZD80 through to NZD700 depending on size. Sheepskin rugs are readily available at most duty free stores in Auckland. There are a number of duty free stores around the Viaduct and Britomart area in downtown Auckland. Hartings is a large wool and sheepskin store at 148 Quay Street in downtown Auckland. Their phone number is +64 9 366 4739. The store is open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm and on Saturdays 11am to 4pm.

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.
Auckland Museum Store

4) 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.
The Texan Art School

5) The Texan Art School

What to buy here: Bone Pendants.

The indigenous Maori of New Zealand often carved whale bone. Today, bone pendants are mainly carved from beef bone. Carved in the shapes of various traditional Maori motifs, bone pendants are popular gifts for young people. Most pendants come with a small card explaining the significance of that particular motif. For example, a Maori koru which looks like a curled fern frond, symbolises new life and beginnings. A pendant in the shape of a twist embodies the longevity of relationships, family and love. Whether it is strength, luck, new beginnings, love or any number of attributes, there is a meaningful motif for everyone. One wouldn’t expect to pay any more than NZD100 for a bone pendant, with most being priced between NZD30 and NZD50. The Texan Art School stores in Auckland are filled with beautiful New Zealand-made art, jewellery and sculpture. There are five stores in Auckland. The original store in Newmarket remains the largest. Allow plenty of time when you visit the store because there will be so many choices. The Newmarket store is located at 366 Broadway. The phone number is 09 529 1021. The store is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm, Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The store is not open on public holidays.

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Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Auckland Galleries Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Auckland Historic Buildings Tour

Auckland Historic Buildings Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Auckland Religious Buildings Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Auckland Culture Tour

Auckland Culture Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km

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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

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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.