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New Zealand is a land of excitement and adventure. Once you’ve caught a taste of New Zealand, you’ll want to bring back home some memories. There’s no better way to do this than to bring back a fabulous New Zealand souvenir for you, plus you’ll want to pick up a few New Zealand gifts for friends and family back home!

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The Best Souvenirs from New Zealand

There are plenty of New Zealand souvenirs to buy for yourself or to bring back as gifts from New Zealand for your loved ones. Even if you live in Kiwi Land, here are some ideas for New Zealand gifts you can send to friends and family living far away.

It’s essential that your souvenir is unique and something that you or a loved one will cherish for a long time. Whether you are in New Zealand for a honeymoon, family vacation, or New Zealand’s popular  working holiday jobs , the souvenirs we’ve listed below will be a great reminder of the remarkable time you had in the Land of the Cloud.

A Jade Necklace

Jade Jewellery - New Zealand design

Also known as pounamu or greenstone, you’ll find these beautiful necklaces in every place you visit in New Zealand. Pounamu is traditionally a New Zealand gift for someone who is special to you rather than getting it as a souvenir for your self. 

Merino Wool

Merino wool handmade knitted blanket on a chair near the table with cup

New Zealand is one of the world’s biggest exporters of sheep. With these beautiful animals comes a crazy amount of wool and wool products. There’s nothing that’ll say ‘I love you,’ to grandpa like a warm, soft, wool sweater, blanket, or scarf. They also make great souvenirs for yourself. Look for fun pieces that you can work into your decor so you’ll always remember your trip!

All Blacks Rugby Jersey & Team Presents 

all Blacks New Zealnd flag. Location: New Zealand Aotearoa

If you’re a Rugby enthusiast (or even if you’re not) an All Blacks jersey or other All Blacks souvenir is a uniquely New Zealand souvenir. If you time your trip right, you can even try to go to a game!

Manuka Honey

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You haven’t tasted honey made for the gods if you’ve never had some Manuka honey. You can find this honey in supermarkets all over New Zealand. Bring it back home for your sweet-toothed friend. If there’s one souvenir that’ll be easy for you to pick up, it’s Manuka honey. 

Lord of the Rings Souvenirs… AKA One Ring to Rule them All!

Tongariro New Zealand Hiking Lord of the Rings souvenir

Okay, so this one is for The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings film lovers. Once you reach Middle Earth, you have to get yourself or your nerdy friend a ring made by Jens Hansen Ring makers. They are the makers of the official One Rings. If this doesn’t earn you friendship points, nothing else will!

Soft Toy Kiwi

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If you are looking for a New Zeland gift for kids, then you need to pick up a plush Kiwi! These fun toys are the perfect symbol of the nation to bring back to the littles in your life.

Maori gifts

One of my favorite souvenirs to bring back from my travel is local artwork. I love to find pieces made in the region to support local artists, and they’re always fun to see whenever I look at my walls at home. Make sure that Maori people benefit from your purchase! 

Authentic New Zealand Wine

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The wine is fine in New Zealand, and you’ll find something here for every kind of wine lover to enjoy. For the best experience, take a trip to one of the many wineries and choose between a Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc.

Okay, wait, this is not actual bird poo, it’s chocolate that looks like the swamp hen poo. So maybe it is poo after all! Make this an excellent gift for a friend who sees the humor in everything or a souvenir for kids who will giggle for days! 

Kiwi Land Snacks

Delicious famous lollies pineapple lumps New Zealand must try dessert sweet flavoured chocolate covered confectionery with a soft, chewy pineapple real juice center Kiwiana pieces on white plate

You’re not going to find these snacks anywhere else, so you’d better take home dome ginger nuts, pineapple lumps, or even some jaffa chocolates. These are great New Zealand souvenirs for coworkers and officemates!

Geothermal Mud Products

Close-up of splash of boiling mud in a mud pool in geothermal park Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua, New Zealand

These are a great souvenir to have on standby whenever your skin decides to misbehave. The healing properties of geothermal mud will have you feeling great in no time. These also make a great New Zealand gift for her if you’re looking for something sweet to bring back to a special lady in your life!

Just be careful and pack them in your checked luggage. I had some Dead Sea Mud confiscated when I packed it in my carryon. 

Penguin Souvenirs

Man holding kiwi souvenir at DF Souvenir shop in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Who doesn’t love penguins? Whether you’re looking for a New Zealand gift for kids or kid-like, a toy penguin is sure to delight!

Paua Jewelry

Single Paua shell from New Zealand encased in silver wire for jewelry making as a pendant

If you are looking for a small souvenir from New Zealand, get yourself a bracelet, necklace, or earrings inlaid with the famous Paua Shell. The Paua is a kind of Abalone mollusk only found in New Zealand. Its meat is a delicacy enjoyed by both locals and visitors, and its shell is bright and fabulous.

Holiday Decorations

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I love getting Christmas and Holiday decorations when I travel. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, get some fun holiday decorations from New Zealand’s summer Christmas.

Money from New Zeland

stack of new zealand 100 dollars bank note and red cover personal passport book on cement floor

New Zealand’s money is known for being beautiful. Why not bring back a few spare bills to remember your trip by?

New Zealand Books

Young Asian man staying in the blanket reading magazine book in camper van with mountain scenery through the window. Road trip in summer od South Island, New Zealand.

I love buying books on my travels. While people think you can get any book back home, it’s actually not the case! There are tons of small independent publishers around the world whose books aren’t available online. I especially love getting books at museum gift shops and used book stores. 

New Zealand Flag Souvenirs

Waving flag of New Zealand on flagpole, on blue sky background.

If you do a lot of international travel, you might start a flag souvenir collection. Small flags take up almost no room in your suitcase but make for beautiful and colorful souvenirs from New Zealand that you can pull out whenever you feel nostalgic. 

Wooden Souvenirs & Figurines

Wooden kiwi bird, one of the souvenirs that is a symbol of New Zealand

New Zeland is famous for its beautiful wood products. You can find beautiful plates, serving dishes, and even figurines of famous New Zealand animals. Look for pieces made from indigenous New Zealand wood like Kauri and Rimu. 

Man holding sweep souvenir in DP Souvenir shop in Christchurch, New Zealand.

After seeing all the sweet New Zealand sheep, you can bring back an adorable stuffed toy for the perfect New Zealand gift for children waiting for you to come home. 

Fern Souvenirs

Silver fern in black and white sign of Newzealand

The silver fern is the national plant of New Zealand. All over the country, you can find beautiful jewelry and other gifts adorned with this symbol. 

Traditional New Zealand Kitsch

Man holding kiwi souvenir at DF Souvenir shop in Christchurch, New Zealand.

If there’s a typical kitschy souvenir that you like collecting on your trips, whether you like to buy snowglobes, t-shirts, spoons, bells, refrigerator magnets, etc., you’ll be happy to know that you can easily find these gifts all over New Zealand!

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If you’re headed to New Zealand, check out these seven places that belong on your New Zealand bucket list plus these stunning  UNESCO World Heritage Sites in New Zealand.  

If you will be combining a trip to New Zealand with Australia, check out these  Australia quotes  and  puns for Australia Instagram captions.  

5 Things to Pack for Your Trip to New Zealand

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The   Lonely Planet New Zealand   guidebook for your trip. It can be kind of a pain to find the major guidebooks once you land, or you’ll find them overpriced. I always like to pick mine up ahead of time.

An Unlocked  Cell Phone   so that you can use a local sim card while here to help public transportation.

Backup Charging Bank  for your cell phone since you’ll be using it as a camera, GPS, and general travel genie.

A Camera  since New Zealand is super photogenic. I use a mix of my  Nikon D810  and my  Samsung8  smartphone these days.

A Great Day Bag   so you can carry what you need with you (like your camera, snacks, water, sunscreen, cash, etc). My current favorite is the  Pacsafe Citysafe , which is especially great for cities in New Zealand because it has many anti-theft features designed to deter pickpockets. It also transitions to a night bag more easily and won’t embarrass you if you go to dinner directly after sightseeing all day. 

Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!

Before you leave for New Zealand make sure you have a valid  Travel  Insurance Policy  because accidents happen on the road. I pay for  World Nomads,  and I happily recommend them. It’s especially important to get travel insurance if you’ll be hanging out in the great outdoors where injuries can happen.

I have been a paying customer of  World Nomads  for travel insurance for three years, and I happily recommend them.  If you get sick, injured, or have your stuff stolen, you’ll be happy to have the ability to pay for your medical bills or replace what’s stolen or broken.

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Your Guide to the Best New Zealand souvenirs

Are you wondering what souvenirs and gifts to buy in New Zealand?

The perfect New Zealand souvenir should remind you of your awesome trip to New Zealand! 

If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand , get ready for the most epic adventure!

From the stunning scenery to the rich culture, this beautiful country is sure to leave a lasting impression on you.

And what better way to remember your adventures than by bringing home a few New Zealand souvenirs?

When choosing NZ souvenirs, you might want useful, everyday things, quirky bits of culture,  or something you’ll cherish and save for special occasions. 

No matter what you’re looking for, you want to go home with the best souvenirs New Zealand offers, to help you remember your New Zealand vacation.

But let’s be real: shopping for souvenirs can be a bit of a hassle. You don’t want to waste your precious time and money on trinkets that will end up collecting dust on a shelf. 

That’s where this guide comes in! I traveled to New Zealand with my family, and between the five of us, we bought practically all the best souvenirs this country has to offer. (Really, we bought a lot!)

In this blog post, I’ll be sharing my top picks for the best souvenirs to buy in New Zealand. Whether you’re looking for NZ gifts for friends and family or just a little something for yourself, I’ve got you covered. 

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If you’re looking for something fun and touristy or an iconic item that New Zealanders actually use, you’ll find it on this list of the best souvenirs from New Zealand. 

So sit back, relax, and let’s go shopping!

Here are 53 fantastic New Zealand things to buy!

New Zealand Souvenir Shopping: Best things to buy in New Zealand

Here’s a list of souvenirs New Zealand visitors love. No matter what your taste, style, or budget, you’ll find something for yourself (plus your friends and family back home) on this comprehensive list of souvenirs from New Zealand.

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Unique New Zealand Souvenirs

1. maori carvings and art.

Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, have a rich cultural heritage. Beautiful Maori wood carvings and art, including pendants, sculptures, and paintings, are a popular souvenir. Maori artwork is one of the most cherished New Zealand gifts.

Look for dried pressed ferns that are framed or mounted on cards, fern sculptures and carvings, and fern-themed home décor. You’ll also find fern-shaped pendants, earrings, and other jewelry.

2. Fern souvenirs

The fern is an iconic symbol of New Zealand, often associated with the country’s natural beauty and indigenous culture.

Ferns are abundant in the New Zealand wilderness and grow in many different environments, from lush rainforests to rugged alpine landscapes. 

The silver fern, also known as the ponga, is one of the most recognizable species of fern in New Zealand . It is featured on many official logos and used by many sports teams to represent national pride.

The silver fern is a common motif in traditional Maori carving, and is a symbol of New Zealand’s indigenous culture. 

3. Kiwiana-themed products

Kiwiana is a term used to describe the unique popular culture and heritage of New Zealand.  Think Kiwi kitsch.

Kiwiana-themed products, including T-shirts, are things like the Buzzy Bee pull toy or These products can be purchased at souvenir shops, markets, and gift stores throughout New Zealand.

4. New Zealand Flags

Flags are always cool. If you’re looking for a New Zealand gift for teenagers, buy a NZ flag. 

5. Pukeko Poo and Sheep Droppings

Don’t worry! These aren’t real! But these poop-ular candies will be a hit with anyone on your gift list who likes a good gag gift!

6. New Zealand Books

While traveling, I love browsing bookstores. I always pick up books at used bookstores, art museums, and gift shops. I’m also likely to bring back multiple recipe books. 

Buying independent presses and local publishing houses is a great way to buy local and ensures you can get the books you want. Books may not be lightweight, but at least they’re small! So I think they’re worth it!

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7. Lord of the Rings props

At Weta Cave in Wellington and Hobbiton near Matamata, you can buy a variety of LOTR prop replicas, like elf ears. Also look for Lord of the Rings jewelry (one ring, perhaps?). You’ll find plenty of maps, books, models, and other souvenirs. These are perfect gifts for any Tolkien fans!

8. Holiday ornaments

Having a souvenir ornament to remind you of a special vacation is always fun. If you’re celebrating a birthday, wedding, honeymoon, or other life event, choose an ornament with that theme.

We like to pick an ornament for each person in our family that represents their favorite thing about the country. These little souvenirs are small and easy to pack, but really bring back the memories.

If you don’t celebrate Christmas , you can just hang the ornament in a special place to remind you yearround of your New Zealand trip. 

9. New Zealand Timber Products

New Zealand has a rich history of wood carving and wooden products, such as cutting boards, salad bowls, and spoons, are popular souvenirs. You’ll also find lovely wooden souvenirs and figurines. Choose gifts made of native New Zealand woods. 

10. Māori Tā moko Designs

Tā moko is a traditional Māori form of tattooing and designs are often incorporated into souvenirs such as t-shirts, bags, and other clothing items. 

11. Fridge magnets

Refrigerator magnets a classic souvenir idea, no matter where you’re traveling. But New Zealand souvenir magnets are extra cool because you won’t find them anywhere outside of New Zealand.

They might not mean much to anyone who sees them on your fridge, but they’ll spark memories each time you look at them. Remember that time you got lost in rural New Zealand? 

12. Postcards

Another classic. You could take postcards home as a souvenir or mail them to your friends and family. 

13. Stickers

Also small, portable, and unique. New Zealand flag stickers or ones that say “Kia ora” are a great choice.

Look for locally made stickers with cute or interesting designs, as well as promotional stickers for NZ businesses. No one else back home will have stickers like those. Unique stickers make great gifts for teens .

14. Enamel pins

You can buy enamel pins with unique New Zealand designs in New Zealand souvenir shops. They’re inexpensive, lightweight, and found only in New Zealand, making them the perfect gift for a tween or teen (or anyone, really).

This is a great way to use up your last New Zealand dollars—just call your remaining cash a souvenir and take it home.

We love looking at the art work on different countries’ currency. Colorful New Zealand money is lovely, so take some with you when you leave. 

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New Zealand Home goods

16. kiwiana art prints .

Art prints depicting iconic Kiwiana images are a popular souvenir. You’ll find Kiwiana prints in art galleries, gift shops and online.

Look for prints and posters that represent things you’ve particularly loved about New Zealand. 

17. Tea Towels

You’ll feel the British influence in New Zealand at all turns. But you’ll certainly see it in the country’s fondness for dishtowels. They seem to be in every souvenir shop.

I love dishtowels as souvenirs because they’re lightweight and easy to pack. Tea towels pack a bit graphic punch. And, you can use them everyday. 

I personally love the ones with a New Zealand map. Using them reminds me of our trip, and they make great gifts. 

18. Cookbooks

The great new zealand cookbook .

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If you want to take home the flavors of New Zealand, The Great New Zealand Cook Book features more than 200 favorite New Zealand recipes.

The Great New Zealand Birthday Cake Book

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For those who love to bake, The Great New Zealand Birthday Cake Book features 80 fabulous special-occasion cakes!

The Great New Zealand Baking Book

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Comprehensive in its scope, The Great New Zealand Baking Book has recipes for all the sweet and savory baked goods Kiwis love.

Edmonds Cookery Book

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The Edmonds Cookery Book has been a staple of New Zealand kitchens for more than 100 years. This updated version has all the classic recipes you’ll need to replicate New Zealand cuisine at home.

19. Reusable shopping bags and totes

If you didn’t bring a reusable shopping bag to New Zealand, you might as well buy one.

Loads of stores expect you to bring your own bags, and it’s the environmentally-friendly thing to do. Buy a shopping tote as a practical souvenir and keep using it once you get home.

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Clothing, Fashion, and textile gifts

20. sheepskin products.

Sheep are an important part of New Zealand’s agriculture and economy, and sheepskin products, including sheepskin rugs, slippers, and jackets, are a popular souvenir.

Sheepskins might be one of the most famous products made in New Zealand, and a sheepskin rug is a classic NZ souvenir.

21. Merino wool products

Merino wool is prized for its softness and warmth. New Zealand is a major producer of Merino wool.

Visitors can easily find merino wool clothing products at outdoor clothing stores (like Icebreaker) or at souvenir shops and markets throughout New Zealand.  

 Look for scarves, gloves, hats, socks, blankets, and throws, plus yarn, if you like to knit or crochet. 

22. Possum fur gloves, hats, and scarves

Possums were introduced to New Zealand from Australia and are now considered a pest. Possum fur has a hollow core which creates exceptionally warm and light-weight yarn. 

We love our possum fur gloves and hat. They are actually a blend of possum fur and wool from merino sheep.

They are incredibly soft and warm. My hands are always cold, but not in these gloves! Also, they fit my hands better than most gloves. 

If you’re visiting NZ in the winter , you’ll start wearing them right away! Hands down (no pun intended), possum gloves are one of the best souvenirs from New Zealand.

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23. New Zealand-made clothing

If you like to shop, or if you’re traveling with teens who like to shop, you’ll find plenty of options in New Zealand.

In every city, you’ll find nice boutiques with high-quality New Zealand clothing lines. You’ll also find plenty of less expensive stores with trendy items.

And, of course, in New Zealand, there are plenty of outdoors stores selling trekking, surfing, and backpacking gear.

When traveling, I really like buying the brands the locals wear. And it’s fun to go home and have clothes no one else is wearing!

24. Swanndri Shirts

These Kiwi bush shirts, favored by New Zealand farmers, are made of wool. They come in various colors and styles, but the most popular is red and black checked. Some even have a hood.

Swanndri shirts are warm and provide the perfect protection from the cold and damp New Zealand weather. These practical, long-wearing kiwi souvenirs will remind of you NZ for years!

25. Textiles made from flax leaves

Maori people used flax leaves to make traditional Maori weavings, an important part of New Zealand’s cultural heritage.

Maori weavers use flax leaves to make items such as baskets, mats, and bags, as well as woven panels used to decorate meeting houses and other important buildings in the Maori community. 

Kete bags are traditional Maori woven bags originally used for practical purposes such as carrying food, personal items, and other essentials. Today, kete bags are often used for decorative purposes and are popular as souvenirs and gifts.

They are typically made in a range of sizes and designs and can be plain or decorated with intricate patterns. Kete bags are all handmade, so they make unique gifts from New Zealand.

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26. All Blacks Rugby Jersey 

The All Blacks are New Zealand’s national rugby team. You probably know the All Blacks because of their intimidating and impressive huka dance.

All Blacks jerseys are a popular souvenir for sports fans. If you need a gift for a sports lover, an All Blacks Jersey is the right New Zealand gift. 

If you don’t want an actual jersey, you’ll also find hats, socks, toys, mugs, keyrings, stickers, and towels with the All Blacks logo. 

27. Jandals (flip-flops)

Jandals, or flip-flops, are a popular and iconic piece of Kiwi culture. Because they’re so ubiquitous, Jandals are a popular souvenir for tourists.

They’re also quite practical if you’ll be spending any time at a NZ beach . You can purchase Jandals pretty much anywhere throughout New Zealand.

28. Gumboots

Gumboots, or Wellingtons, are a New Zealand classic! In New Zealand’s damp and rainiy climate, gumboots are a practical solution for keeping feet dry.

Gumboots are a a symbol of the country’s rugged, outdoor lifestyle. They have become popular as a fashion item and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

If you didn’t bring a hat to New Zealand, you’ll want to buy one, whether for sun protection or warmth in the winter . This souvenir will be practical on your travels and when you return home. 

30. New Zealand T-shirts

You can’t go wrong with a good souvenir T-shirt! You’ll find plenty of different designs to suit any style.

T-shirts are one of the best gifts from New Zealand because they come in a variety of styles. A “Sweet as” t-shirt will work for almost anyone on your list!

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New Zealand skincare and beauty products

New New Zealand is known for its high-quality, natural skincare products made from locally sourced ingredients. 

31. New Zealand skincare brands

  • Trilogy – Trilogy is a natural skincare brand that uses ingredients such as rosehip oil and manuka honey in its products.
  • Antipodes – Antipodes is an organic skincare brand that uses ingredients such as avocado oil, manuka honey, and kiwifruit in its products.
  • Ethique – Ethique is a zero-waste skincare brand that uses ingredients such as coconut oil and cocoa butter in its shampoo bars, moisturizers, lipsticks, and more.
  • Olive  – Olive offers a range of products for face and body, including cleansers, moisturizers, and serums, all of which are eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and free from synthetic fragrances, parabens, and other harmful chemicals.
  • Triumph & Disaster – Triumph & Disaster offers a range of grooming products for men. Triumph & Disaster’s products include shaving creams, face washes, and moisturizers, made with natural ingredients like kawakawa, horopito, and jojoba. 

32. Mineral Mud

Mineral mud sourced from New Zealand’s many geothermal areas, including Rotorua, is supposed to be particularly beneficial for the skin, helping to nourish and hydrate it.

Jars of mineral mud are a fun souvenir, either to use for yourself or to give as gifts to friends and family.

Whether or not mineral mud has the specific therapeutic benefits, the mud remains a popular and unique souvenir. 

33. New Zealand Lavender Products

New Zealand is known for its high-quality lavender fields and products such as soaps, lotions, and candles are popular souvenirs. They can be found in gift shops, health food stores, and online.

Best New Zealand souvenirs for young children        

34. buzzy bee toy.

This beloved NZ toy is made of wood and painted bright, cheery colors. Children pull the toy, and the wings click and turn.

This classic toy has been beloved by kiwi kids for generations now. The wooden buzzy bee is simple and sweet, just like childhood should be. 

35. Kiwi Plush Toy

The kiwi bird is a national symbol of New Zealand and a popular souvenir in the form of a soft toy (aka, stuffed animal). They can be found in many gift shops, airports and tourist areas.

36. Toy Sheep

You’ll see sheep all over New Zealand, so taking one home with you might seem like an obvious idea. If you’re traveling with a small child, this will make a great lovey for the trip. 

37. New Zealand Children’s books

Buy children’s books about New Zealand for any children traveling with you or as great gifts for little ones back home. Children’s books are a great introduction to other cultures and places. 

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New Zealand jewelry souvenirs

38. paua shell jewelry.

Paua is a type of abalone found in New Zealand waters, and is known for its iridescent and colorful shell.

These beautiful shells are made into jewelry, including necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Paua is a popular souvenir and can be purchased at souvenir shops, jewelry stores, and markets throughout New Zealand. You’ll also see Paua shell used for coasters and other souvenirs.

39. New Zealand Greenstone (Jade) 

New Zealand greenstone or jade is a type of nephrite stone found in New Zealand.  You’ll find greenstone made into pendants, earrings, bracelets, and other jewelry.

It’s also often carved into sculptures. Greenstone jewelry can be found in gift shops and jewelry stores across New Zealand. Jade is the number one jewelry souvenir New Zealand visitors take home. Choose jade necklaces or earrings–either way, you’ll have a souvenir you’ll cherish forever.

40. Traditional Maori Pendant 

Often made from greenstone, traditional Maori carvings make the perfect gift from New Zealand.

Each shape has a different meaning. For example, a pikorua, or twist, symbolizes the connection between loved ones, friends, or family.

A hei matau, or hook, is a symbol strength and protection while traveling.

These pendants are a popular New Zealand souvenir, and they are a great gift for someone at home. 

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New Zealand food souvenirs

Food might be my favorite of all the souvenirs of New Zealand we purchased!

41. New Zealand wine

New Zealand is known for its high-quality wine, particularly its Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir varietals.

Excellent New Zealand wine can be purchased at supermarkets, liquor stores, and wine shops throughout New Zealand.

You can also buy it when visiting vineyards in the many different wine regions of New Zealand. (Here are some of the best wine tours you can take from Auckland !)

You can have it shipped directly to you. (If you are in the US, check your state laws.)

42. New Zealand cheese

New Zealand is known for its high-quality dairy products.  Cheese from New Zealand, including cheddar, feta, and gouda, is a popular souvenir.

Cheese can be purchased at supermarkets, specialty food stores, and markets throughout New Zealand.

43. New Zealand tea

There is one New Zealand tea estate (Zealaong in Waikato), and their tea is fantastic.

Additionally, there are several companies that import tea and blend it with New Zealand ingredients.

These unique tea blends often feature flavors of New Zealand. Look for tea in tea shops or at the grocery store. 

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44. New Zealand coffee

New Zealand is known for its specialty coffee culture. As you might expect, there are several coffee roasters in the country that focus on producing high-quality, artisanal coffee.

Some popular New Zealand coffee roasters include:

  • Allpress Espresso – Established in 1986 and based in Auckland, Allpress is a well-known coffee roaster that sources its beans from small, sustainable coffee farms around the world. They roast their coffee in small batches to bring out the unique flavor profile of each bean.
  • Flight Coffee – Founded in Wellington in 2008, Flight Coffee is a specialty coffee roaster that focuses on sourcing high-quality beans and roasting them to perfection. They offer a range of single origin and blended coffees, as well as cold brew and Nitro coffee.
  • Atomic Coffee Roasters – Based in Auckland, Atomic Coffee Roasters is a specialty coffee roaster that sources its beans from some of the best coffee-growing regions around the world. They roast their coffee on a weekly basis to ensure that their customers always have access to fresh, high-quality coffee.
  • Switch Espresso – Based in Christchurch, Switch Espresso is a specialty coffee roaster that sources its beans from around the world. They roast their coffee in small batches to bring out the unique flavor profile of each bean.
  • Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn – Located in Christchurch, Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn is a coffee roaster and cafe that offers a range of artisanal coffee blends and single origin coffees. They also serve a variety of food and beverages, making it a great spot for a coffee break.

45. ANZAC biscuits

Anzac biscuits are sweet oat cookies. Both Australia and New Zealand claim to have invented them, and they’re a classic in both countries. The good news is, you can try different varieties to find your favorite!

46. Griffin’s biscuits

Founded in 1864, Griffin’s is one of the oldest and most well-known biscuit brands in New Zealand.

They offer a wide range of biscuits, including classic favorites like Digestive and Shortbread, as well as more unique flavors like Choc-O-Block and Ginger Nuts.

47. Manuka Honey 

Manuka honey is produced from the nectar of the manuka bush, also known as the tea tree, which is native to New Zealand.

Known for its antibacterial properties, Manuka honey is used to treat a variety of conditions, including wounds, skin infections, and digestive problems.

Manuka honey is also high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is also known to be effective in soothing sore throats and improving digestive health. Its natural antibacterial qualities make it quite special. 

Manuka honey can be found in local grocery stores as well as at gift shops. 

48. Whittaker’s chocolate

In my personal opinion, Whittaker’s chocolate is absolutely one of the best NZ souvenirs! Oh my gosh, this chocolate is so good. When we were in New Zealand, we ate a block a day! 

Whittaker’s chocolate is made from high quality cocoa beans sourced from around the world. The bars are made with classic flavors as well as flavors that reflect New Zealand’s culture and traditions. 

You will want to take this New Zealand chocolate home with you. And if you have friends you really, really, really like, you might decide to share your Whittaker’s chocolate with them. Maybe. 

You can find Whittaker’s at local supermarkets.

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49. Marmite

Marmite is a savory spread made from yeast extract and is a staple food in New Zealand. It’s similar to Vegemite, which is popular in Australia.

You should probably take a jar home, just so everyone who tries it can exclaim how terrible it is. Marmite is definitely an acquired taste. 

50. Pascall candy

This is the ideal gift for someone with a sweet tooth! You have to try the pineapple lumps—chewy pineapple centers covered with smooth milk Chocolate. 

51. Hokey pokey

Hokey pokey is a type of honeycomb toffee. You can find hokey pokey chocolate bars made by Whittaker’s, Cadbury, and other candy makers. 

Hokey pokey is a popular flavor of ice cream in New Zealand, but you won’t be able to bring hokey pokey ice cream home, sadly.

Jaffa a popular dark chocolate-covered candy filled with orange-flavored jelly. The sweet and tangy tastes complement each other deliciously. Jaffa is a staple of New Zealand confectionary. 

53. Peanut Butter

You might not put peanut butter at the top of your list of things to buy in New Zealand, but you’d be missing out. Try these delicious brands and bring some home with you. 

  • Fix & Fogg – Fix & Fogg is a Wellington-based company that is known for its high-quality and all-natural peanut butters. They offer a range of flavors, including smooth, crunchy, and chocolatey.
  • Pic’s – Pic’s Peanut Butter uses New Zealand-grown peanuts. They offer a range of flavors, including classic, chocolate, and honey, and their products are free from preservatives and additives. You can tour the Pic’s Peanut Butter Factory in Nelson, on the South Island. 

Must try NZ foods that are hard to take home

There are other delicious NZ drinks and snack foods you’ll want to try while you’re in New Zealand, but that might be difficult to take home with you.

Don’t miss these quintessentially Kiwi treats!

L&P Soda

L&P (Lemon & Paeroa) is a popular soft drink from New Zealand that is known for its distinctive lemon and mineral water flavor.

It is made from lemon juice and the mineral water from the town of Paeroa, located in the Waikato region of the North Island. 

A sweet, hard meringue topped with whipped cream and fruit, particularly kiwi fruit. 

You’ve got endless choices!

Hokey Pokey ice cream

This toffee honeycomb delight is pure New Zealand. You have to try it!

Real fruit ice cream

We saw signs for this all over New Zealand. It’s basically vanilla ice cream blended with the real fruit of your choice, like blueberries, kiwis, peaches, passionfruit, and so on. It’s really good! 

Bluebird potato chips

Potato chips are one of my favorite things, right up there with chocolate. Bluebird potato chips are very thin and crispy. And there must be something about New Zealand potatoes, because Bluebird chips are so good. But they would be hard to bring home, so eat your fill in New Zealand!

Sure, you’ve probably had kiwi fruit at home. But it would be wrong to be in New Zealand and not eat a kiwi! You won’t be allowed to take kiwi fruit home with you, so enjoy it while you’re in NZ.

You’ll find some classic Australian foods in New Zealand too, including Bundaberg drinks and Tim Tams. If this is as close as you’ll get to Australia, be sure and give them a try!

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Where to buy Souvenirs in New Zealand

High street souvenir shops.

In any tourist town, you’ll find a selection of souvenir shops on the main shopping street. There’s a New Zealand gift shop in every touristy area, whether you’re on the North Island or South Island. 

Museum gift shops

My personal favorite place to buy high-quality goods that you probably won’t find in your home country. I skip anything featuring mega-artists who aren’t local, and buy souvenirs that reflect the city or region. 

Vistor Information Centres

Whether the tourist center for a city or town or a national park visitor center, you’re sure to find high-quality local crafts, artwork, and foods. Plus, these usually have a decent selection of kids’ gifts.            

Grocery stores

Obviously, grocery stores are a great place to buy food souvenirs. But you’ll also find other items that locals actually use!

Maori Cultural Centers

If you want authentic Maori art, and want to be sure the proceeds go to the artists and community, buy your Maori souvenirs at a cultural center (like Te Puia).

If you’re looking for traditional New Zealand gifts and Maori artwork look in Maoir cultural museums. 

Art Galleries

If you’re looking for some truly one-of-a-kind artwork, local art galleries will be the place to go. You’ll find these in larger cities of course, but even in out of the way places, like Hot Water Beach !

Weta Cave and Hobbiton

Lord of the Rings Fans and devotees of The Hobbit will find the best selection of souvenirs at Hobbiton and Weta Workshop. You’ll see maps of Middle Earth, movie props, and a certain ring for sale.

Online Gift Shops

You can buy New Zealand souvenirs online. Some gift shops have online sites. This will make it easier for you to ship items to the US, rather than having to haul them in your luggage. 

Airport shops

They might be pricier than other gift shops, but, hey, it’s your last chance to grab some Kiwiana!

What are the best things to buy from New Zealand?

When you’re trying to decide what NZ souvenirs to buy, remember that you have to to fit them into your suitcase, along with everything else you packed for New Zealand !

Look for New Zealand souvenirs and gifts that are:

  • Lightweight
  • Allowed into your home country ( US info here )
  • Allowed out of New Zealand

How to save money on souvenirs in New Zealand

Shop where locals shop.

Buy your New Zealand gifts at local craft fairs or farmers markets. Shop in grocery stores for NZ food souvenirs. And buy New Zealand clothing or shoes in a local department store. 

Buy quirky NZ gifts and souvenirs

New Zealanders have a great sense of humor and there’s a lot of fun quirkiness behind Kiwiana trinkets.

You don’t have to spend a load of money on souvenirs. Some of the cheapest things to buy in New Zealand are just small, funny things only found in New Zealand. 

Buy NZ things that aren’t souvenirs 

Look for things that aren’t souvenirs per se, but that represent your New Zealand adventure. Buy authentic New Zealand things that a local would buy.

Traditional New Zealand products that Kiwis use every day make great non-traditional souvenirs of New Zealand. 

Purchase your NZ gifts before you get to the airport

Everyone knows airport shopping is going to be expensive!

To help you plan your trip to New Zealand:

Tips for Planning a Holiday in New Zealand

The Best Beaches on the Coromandel Peninsula

How to See Cathedral Cove

The Best Wine Tour Day Trips from Auckland

What to See and Do in Wellington, NZ

Experiencing Hot Water Beach

Should You Visit Hobbiton?

The Essential New Zealand Packing List

Renting a Car in New Zealand

What to Know Before Driving in New Zealand

Winter in New Zealand

Final thoughts on what souvenirs to buy in New Zealand

When choosing what to buy in New Zealand, take your time to find unique souvenirs that represent the country’s rich culture and history.  Choose N Z souvenirs that will help you recall your New Zealand experience. 

When at all possible, support local businesses while buying New Zealand gifts and souvenirs. Consider buying souvenirs from local artisans, craft markets, and small businesses to support the local economy. By doing so, you’re likely to find a unique gift that’s just right for the recipient.

When buying Maori or greenstone (jade) products, ensure that they are authentic and ethically sourced .

Be aware of customs regulations when traveling with food items. Check if there are any restrictions on bringing certain items back to your home country.

If you’re unable to bring souvenirs back with you, consider shipping souvenirs home as a cost-effective alternative.

I recommend that when you see something you really like, buy it . While some things can be found seemingly everywhere in New Zealand, that’s not actually true for all New Zealand themed gifts and souvenirs. Save yourself any regrets—if you like it, buy it when you see it!

In New Zealand what to buy might be a hard decision, because you’ll have too many choices!

Above all, choose gifts that make you happy!

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I’m a traveler at heart. I’ve been an exchange student, roadtripped across the US, backpacked around Europe, and lived in Australia with my family. Sharing tips and inspiration with you, so you can travel bravely too!

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New Zealand souvenirs & gifts

Discover our favourite New Zealand souvenirs and gifts and find out where to buy them, ensuring you take home more than just happy memories.

A lot of travellers like to take gifts and souvenirs home for themselves and their families…. and visitors to New Zealand are no different.

Fortunately, we have a wide range of quality items available for purchase in Aotearoa NZ.

The type of gift you choose will depend on your recipient, but could be a bag of sweets (or, as we say in New Zealand, lollies), a game for a child, a piece of hand-carved pounamu (greenstone) or a merino/possum sweater – potential gift ideas are nearly endless

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to pick up something for yourself too!

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New Zealand souvenir and gift guide

We asked the members of our amazing Facebook group to share their top NZ souvenir recommendations, and as always, they came through.

These are our favourite New Zealand mementos.

⚠️ Before purchasing a souvenir in New Zealand, check biosecurity requirements to ensure that you’re allowed to carry it on to the next country. Consider your final destination, along with any stopover locations. Rules vary significantly – for example, mānuka honey can’t be taken into Western Australia.

New Zealand Foods to take home with you

  • Whittakers chocolate
  • Mānuka honey
  • Pineapple lumps
  • Chocolate fish
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Lollies (sweets) made from feijoa or kiwifruit
  • Cookie Time cookies
  • Pic’s peanut butter
  • Reduced cream and Maggi onion soup (to make dip)

Non-food-based souvenirs and gifts

  • Pounamu (greenstone)
  • Boh Runga jewellery
  • Merino/possum products
  • Merino wool products
  • Māori/New Zealand art
  • All Blacks merchandise
  • Lanolin moisturiser
  • Mud soap and face masks from Rotorua’s geothermal grounds
  • Reusable bags with kiwiana designs
  • Fridge magnets
  • Christmas baubles

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  • Busy Bee pull-along toy
  • Picture books that reflect Māori culture or the animals that call Aotearoa home. Lynley Dodd is a famous Kiwi author worth checking out.
  • Games like Kakariki Cloak of Protection or Flappy Families – these are card games that help kids learn about NZ native species
  • New Zealand coins – one of each value (10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2)
  • NZ native bird soft toys and puppets.

Where to buy New Zealand souvenirs

You will find great souvenir shops and gift shops across the country.

Some things will be easier to find in particular places.

Pounamu (greenstone) and mud soap/face masks are readily available in Rotorua as it is well known for its Māori culture and geothermal activity.

You can handcarve your own pounamu or purchase a professionally carved piece in Hokitika, using locally sourced stone.

You’ll also find All Blacks clothing in Auckland (and other main centres) and can source Whittakers Chocolate right across the country.

Our members have listed some of their favourite places to buy gifts from:

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  • Local markets for handmade items
  • Aotea Gifts – capital cities
  • Acquisitions – generally in malls

North Island

  • Acquisitions – generally in a mall
  • The Cabbage Tree, Paihia
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds gift shop
  • Sarah C Designs, Mangawhai
  • Makana Confections, Boutique Chocolate Factory, Kerikeri
  • Tea Total, Auckland
  • Creative and Brave, multiple Auckland locations
  • Chamions of the World store
  • The Fantail House, Parnell
  • Auckland Art Gallery gift shop
  • The Garden Party, Ponsonby
  • The Poi Room, Ponsonby
  • Mixt, Kingsland
  • Auckland War Memorial gift shop
  • Te Kauwhata Greenstone Shop, Te Kauwhata (between Auckland and Hamilton)
  • ArtsPost, Hamilton
  • Jet Collective, Raglan
  • Kiwiana Art by Kim, Taupō

Bay of Plenty    

  • Pohutukawa Gallery, Mt Maunganui
  • Tutanekai Gifts & Souvenirs, Rotorua
  • Rakai Jade, Rotorua
  • Souvenir Factory Shop, Miramar
  • Made It, Wellington
  • NZ Fur & Skin, Wellington
  • Te Papa Museum gift shop
  • Welly Collective stores, multiple locations

South Island

Nelson, tasman & marlborough.

  • Little Beehive Co-op, Nelson
  • Nelson Sheepskin Shop, Nelson
  • Seaside Gems, Picton
  • Every Little Thing, Picton
  • The Choice Gallery, Picton
  • Makana Confections, Boutique Chocolate Factory, Blenheim
  • Ocean Paua 2000, Hokitika
  • Bonz’N’Stonz Carving Studio, Hokitika
  • Garth Wilson Jade, Greymouth
  • Hanmer Spring Hot Pools gift shop
  • Little River Gallery, Banks Peninsula (near Christchurch)
  • Lava Gallery, Akaroa & Northlands Shopping Centre, Christchurch
  • Christchurch Gondola Gift Shop
  • The Tin shed, Rangitata
  • Barker’s of Geraldine, Geraldine
  • GlenCraigs Clothing, Omarama
  • DF Souvenirs, Queenstown
  • Remarkable Gifts, Queenstown
  • The Remarkable Sweet Shop, Queenstown & Arrowtown
  • Croydon Centre Gift Shop, Gore

Gifts to give New Zealand hosts and family

Some visitors to New Zealand like to bring gifts from home.

Though hosts and family members in NZ probably won’t expect a gift, this can be a lovely way to show your appreciation.

The following are some gift ideas to pass on to Kiwi…

Gifts from Australia

  • Key chains with soft animals (kangaroos, wombats or koalas)
  • Clip-on koalas
  • Caramello Koalas
  • Lindt chocolate koalas
  • Violet Crumble
  • Coles chocolate chip cookies

Gifts from North America

  • Cookies (unique Oreo flavours and maple crème cookies)
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Root beer barrel sweets
  • Salt water taffy
  • Spices and BBQ rubs
  • Fabric shopping bags – I Love NYC, Macy’s etc.
  • Maple syrup

As with taking gifts home, you need to check if you can bring gifts in to the country.

The NZ Ministry for Primary Industries website will help you decide if you can bring a gift into New Zelaand, particularly for food, wood and animal based products.

Whether you’re keen to take a gift home for someone else, or a memento for yourself, you’ll have plenty of amazing options in Aotearoa!

Guest post by Lucy Collingridge.

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50 BEST Gifts for Backpackers & Travellers 🎁 [2024]

The perfect gift for a world traveller.

What do you get for the keen traveller who doesn’t want to overload their backpack with “stuff”? Especially as backpacking around New Zealand or anywhere else in the world is all about living on the bare minimum and simply enjoying the here and now.

It’s a tough one, but as backpackers and world-travellers ourselves, we’ve come up with a few foolproof ideas to please your gift-receiver, whether they are your mate, family or a fellow backpacking buddy. Give them something useful for their travels – that way, they will think of you and thank you for saving their asses when they use your nifty travel gift!

So, take a look at our extensive list of gifts for backpackers and travellers below to find the perfect present!

1. A Quality Backpack

It seems like an obvious one, but there is no backpacker without a good sturdy backpack, whether it’s something for multi-day hikes or for carrying their life around the world. Choosing and buying a good backpack isn’t something that can be done quickly (or super cheaply). Check out our buying guide How to Choose a Good Backpack for tips!

Plus, check out some of our favourite backpacks in What is the Best Backpack for New Zealand? , as well as our recommended day pack in  The Best Eco-Friendly Backpacks for New Zealand .

2. Cash: Good Old Cash

Backpacking is essentially budget travelling, so the gift of extra cash is a sure winner. Before your gift-receiver goes travelling, give them some local currency of the country/countries they are visiting (it’s like a taste of their destination before landing). For New Zealand Dollars , Euros or US Dollars are easy enough to exchange in New Zealand, so that will do as well.

3. A Scratch-Off World Map

The travel bug is hard to shake off! Chances are that the person that you are sending across the world is not just going to travel New Zealand. They might stop here, there and keep on travelling for a little while. With a scratch-off world map, they can visualise how far they went!

Check out this Scratch-Off World Map  on Amazon.

The little action camera that took the world by storm can turn everybody into a hero, and isn’t it what a backpacking trip is all about, being your own hero? Plus in return for that gift, you’ll get to see some awesome videos and photos all year long. Try to not get jealous.

Check out the GoPro Store on Amazon!

5. Your Air Miles

If you are not using all your air miles, a backpacker surely will. These little points might massively reduce the price of the next plane ticket or even make it totally free. Trust us, there is nothing sweeter to a backpacker’s ears than the word “free”!

6. A Travel Journal

It seems like writing down your adventure is of another age, when everybody today has a blog or social media, but it is the second most popular way to document a trip !

Be inspired! We love that great-looking Maleden Refillable Spiral Daily Notepad on Amazon.

7. Hiking Socks

The traditional boring Christmas gift takes a whole new meaning for backpackers and travellers. Not only you hitting the hiking aspect with your gift of socks, but laundry can be particularly challenging when travelling, so the more socks, the less they have to worry about it!

We like the sleek designs and durability of Darn Tough socks on Amazon.

8. A Soft Water Bottle

During long hikes or at night, having a water bottle close by is always handy but the big bulky ones can take up a lot of space in a backpack. Luckily, some kind of genius recently invented (or just popularised) soft water bottles. They’re easier to pack and carry. Backpackers go nuts for it!

Make sure to get a good quality soft water bottle, like the Hydrapak  as the cheap ones don’t last long.

9. A CamelBak

If even a soft water bottle is too much of a hassle, the world-famous CamelBak (or other branded versions) is a practical solution for the active backpacker who needs to keep hydrated. They are great for hiking, as they fit comfortably in a backpack and a tube coming from the pack means you don’t have to rummage for water.

Pro Tip: If you are already happy with your backpack, go for the Camelbak Reservoir only and slide it into your backpack.

10. Travel Insurance

If you’re that boring but practical member of the family, ensure you stick to your caricature by gifting travel insurance! Did you know that it is mandatory to have medical and travel insurance with many Working Holiday Visas around the world, including New Zealand? For New Zealand, we recommend OrbitProtect as their insurance plans are designed for backpackers and are based in New Zealand.

11. Reusable Earplugs

Every now and then there is that guy horrifically snoring in the dorm. Travellers would do anything for a pair of earplugs then! Be a backpacker’s saviour and get them supplied!

We suggest going for the less wasteful option of Loop Earplugs , it makes a world of difference!

12. Passport Cover

The most precious asset of any traveller is his/her passport, especially as it is one of the three valid forms of ID in New Zealand . Keep it fashionably protected under a thick layer of leather i.e. a passport cover. Most of them come with a matching luggage tag. Alternatively, some wallets include passport pockets.

We love the colourful options from the Melsbrinna Store on Amazon that keep your passport open on the right page!

13. Personalised Leather Luggage Tags, Passport Covers, etc.

Speaking of passport covers, add a touch of class to your gift with a personalised version. PEGAI make a range of travel accessories made with soft-touch rustic leather with your chosen fire-branded initials. Choose from passport holders, luggage tags, toiletry bags, phone cases and much more.

Check out the PEGAI Store  on Amazon.

14. A Six-Pack

This is one for the backpacker-gifting-the-backpacker. You’ll find that a good beer is a social catalyst needed to get out of the shy shell and help break the ice when meeting the inevitably many people during a trip. So if you want to treat your fellow backpackers in your hostel, a box of “goon” or a pack of beer should do the trick.

15. A Good WiFi Connection (for Once)!

We don’t know how you are going to wrap this one, so good luck to you… Internet is like oxygen for a backpacker, stay offline for too long and it feels like a deep dive. Sadly, many destinations including New Zealand are a bit behind in terms of free WiFi spots. So, if you happen to know a good spot with good WiFi where video calls will not be a nightmare, share the love! A good place to start is with our 10 Free Wi-Fi Spots in New Zealand Where You’ll Actually Have a Good Connection .

16. A Travel Adaptor

There is nothing worse than running out of battery. Phone, tablet, laptop and camera: these are all pretty useful to the keen traveller. We are dependent on them to keep in touch with home, share our adventures, and find out where to go next. Having a good reliable travel adapter (with surge protection as a bonus) is a must!

This Kikkerland UL03-A Travel Adapter is the world’s smallest and universal! We have some other funky options listed in the 5 Best Travel Adapters for New Zealand .

17. A Plane Ticket to Anywhere

It can be as simple as that. This is the backpacker’s dream: Dear [insert name here], Just let me know where you would like to go and I’ll take care of your flight! Love your favourite person as of now.

18. A Thick (Yet Travel-Friendly) Sudoku Book

Some domestic planes have no inflight entertainment and most buses have no WiFi at all. A Sudoku book will help travellers kill boredom and keep their minds sharp, so they can rock the next hurdle that navigating a foreign country throws at them!

With over 400 Sudoku, this Travel-Sized Sudoku Book will keep a backpacker entertained for days!!!

19. Earphone Organiser

Tangled wires are a nightmare, and sometimes, we just don’t have the time to take on that kind of challenge. It becomes more of an issue when constantly moving from place to place.

We love this small and cheap handmade earphone organiser from Tophome on Amazon .

20. A Good Book

The obvious choice for New Zealand would be The Lord of The Rings trilogy or The Hobbit . But you know that person better than we do, so pick a book that they will love to read on a plane or a beach on the other side of the world.

21. An E-Reader

So you just figured out that they actually LOVE reading?! Multiple books are big, heavy and not travel-friendly. Get an e-reader, like the nifty Kindle , in the hands of a backpacker and they’ll have thousands of books for the weight of half of one. The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit are also available in E-Books you know…

The Kindle is by far the most popular e-reader out there but if you want to save them carrying an extra gadget get them the Free Kindle App with Kindle Unlimited for well, unlimited books, magazines and audiobooks. The first 30 days are free then you can pay a small monthly or yearly fee.

22. Selfie Stick

Almost every traveller is walking around with a selfie stick hanging from their backpack! Get a telescopic one so it does not take up too much space in the bag.

There is even an option to get Tripod + Remote-enabled Selfie Sticks !

23. Travel Pillow

Get that traveller in your life the most comfortable travel pillow out there with the Ostrichpillow . Sure, travel pillows are nothing new but they’ve never been exactly that comfortable either. Well, Ostrichpillow has finally cracked it with its innovative shape and high-density memory foam. The pillow fits into a travel bag that’s half its size and has a machine-washable sleeve so you can use it trip after trip!

Check out the Ostrichpillow on Amazon.

24. A Good Pair of Hiking Boots

This is not something that should be bought on the cheap. Hiking boots or shoes need to be of high quality backpackers are likely to wear them constantly on their travels; not just for hiking. To make it easier, we have made a complete buying guide on How to Choose a Good Pair of Hiking Boots .

25. A Multi-Tool

The new kind of Swiss army knife is incredibly useful when travelling around. From untying wet shoelaces to opening a can of baked beans, a multi-tool always comes in handy.

Not sure where to start? Leatherman is a strong player in the multi-tool market.

26. Phone Camera Lens

This nifty phone accessory turns any phone camera into a wide-angle, fisheye or even macro lens. It is the perfect small and lightweight companion for any traveller who wants to appear as a photographer but just isn’t.

Amir is a brand that offers high-quality wide lenses compatible with most phones.

27. Bluetooth Item Locator

When bag, phone, keys, wallet or other valuables decide to go walkabout, find them with ease using a Bluetooth item locator. The most versatile option is Tile , with Bluetooth locators in all shapes, sizes and bundles and can be used with both an iOS and Android app. Alternatively, Apple does a similar thing with the Apple AirTag .

Check out the Tile Store or Apple AirTag on Amazon.

28. GPS Fitness and Adventure Watch

Help your backpacking buddy or family member keep on track with a GPS watch that captures their steps, active minutes, distance, calories burned and sleep. The watch also retraces steps and finds new routes! GPS watches like Garmin offer peace of mind when out hiking, as well as provide fun data even for a day of sightseeing. Plus, travellers can look back on their trip knowing that it wasn’t all about sipping cocktails but marking a new page in their fitness lifestyle!

Check out the Garmin Store on Amazon.

29. Tours and Experiences

Sometimes, travellers would rather have experiences than a bunch of useless tat. If you think that might be the case for your gift-receiver, consider booking them onto a tour or experience at their destination – or, better yet, a gift voucher to redeem an experience on their chosen date.

If you’re looking for a gift for New Zealand, check out the  101 Things to Do in New Zealand: The Ultimate List .

30. A Starter Pack

Get a Starter Pack or Working Holiday Program to help your travelling buddy or relative kickstart their New Zealand gap year! Check out the comparisons on Working Holiday Starter , which includes more than 20 services to support backpackers. It is a great way to start a trip stress-free and make the most of travel, work and living in New Zealand.

20 More Gifts for Backpackers and Travellers…

If you still haven’t found the perfect gift for that backpacker or traveller in your life, then here are a few more ideas to get the cogs turning:

Gifts for Backpackers into Photography

Remember to consider the specific needs and preferences of the backpacker you’re buying for, and ensure that the gifts align with their camera equipment and style of photography.

  • Compact Camera – Look for a high-quality, lightweight camera with good image stabilisation. Options like the Sony RX100 series or the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III are popular choices among backpacking photographers.
  • Travel Tripod – A lightweight and compact tripod is essential for capturing stable shots in different environments. Consider brands like Manfrotto, Joby or MeFoto that offer portable and durable options.
  • Solar-Powered Charger – Help your backpacker keep their camera and other devices charged with a solar-powered charger. This is especially useful when exploring remote areas without access to traditional power sources.
  • Camera Backpack – Choose a backpack specifically designed for camera gear and outdoor use. Look for features like customizable compartments, weather resistance, and easy access to the camera without having to unpack everything.
  • Lens Cleaning Kit – Dust and dirt are inevitable when backpacking, so a compact and comprehensive lens cleaning kit will help them keep their camera equipment in top condition.

Gifts for Backpackers for Multi-Day Hiking

When selecting gifts for multi-day hikers, consider the specific needs and preferences of the individual, as well as the climate and terrain of the locations they plan to explore.

  • Ultralight Backpack – Invest in a durable and lightweight backpack with ample storage space. Brands like Osprey, Gregory and Arc’teryx offer excellent options for multi-day hiking.
  • Quality Sleeping Bag – A compact and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for various weather conditions is essential for backpackers. Look for one with a low-temperature rating to accommodate different climates.
  • Ultralight Tent – Consider a lightweight and easy-to-assemble tent that provides adequate shelter during overnight stays. Brands like Big Agnes, MSR and REI offer high-quality options.
  • Portable Water Filtration System – Ensure access to clean water during the journey with a compact water filtration system. Products like the Sawyer Mini or LifeStraw are popular choices among backpackers.
  • Ultralight Stove and Cookware Set – A compact and efficient stove, along with a lightweight cookware set, allows backpackers to prepare hot meals and beverages on the trail. Brands like Jetboil and MSR are known for their quality products.

Gifts for Backpackers on a Gap Year

Remember to consider the specific interests and activities your backpacker may pursue, as destinations offers a wide range of outdoor and cultural experiences. Tailoring your gifts to their preferences will enhance their gap year adventure.

  • Travel Guidebook – Provide them with a comprehensive travel guidebook for New Zealand (or their chosen destination), offering insights into the culture, attractions and practical travel tips.
  • Multi-Functional Travel Adapter – A universal travel adapter with multiple plug options will ensure they can charge their electronic devices no matter where they are in New Zealand.
  • Local SIM Card or Portable WiFi Device – Ensure they stay connected by providing a local SIM card or a portable WiFi device. This is essential for navigating, staying in touch, and sharing their experiences online.
  • Merino Wool Clothing – Merino wool is well-suited for New Zealand’s diverse climate. Gift them lightweight and moisture-wicking merino wool clothing for comfortable and odour-resistant wear.
  • Reusable Shopping Bags – Lightweight and foldable reusable shopping bags, handy for markets and stores, as New Zealand is environmentally conscious.

Gifts for Backpacking Couples

Tailoring gifts to enhance their shared experiences and adventures will not only be practical but will also strengthen the bond between couples during their travels.

  • Matching Travel Gear – Consider matching items, such as matching backpacks, travel towels, or even custom t-shirts. This adds a fun and personalised touch to their journey.
  • Couples Travel Journal – Gift them a shared travel journal where they can document their experiences, memories, and thoughts together. This makes for a wonderful keepsake.
  • Portable Hammock – A lightweight, packable hammock is a great way for couples to relax and enjoy scenic spots together. It’s perfect for leisurely breaks during hikes or simply hanging out in beautiful locations.
  • Dual-Person Sleeping Bag – For camping adventures, a double sleeping bag is a cozy and practical gift that allows both friends to share warmth during chilly nights.
  • Compact Travel Games – Bring some entertainment to their journey with compact travel games like card games, travel-sized board games, or a portable chess set for evenings in hostels or campsites.

More Gifts for Backpackers and Travellers

That’s it for our list of the best gifts for backpackers and travellers but if you can’t get enough of all those handy tools and gadgets for travelling, we have a lot more where those came from:

  • 15 Best Presents for Travellers
  • 65 Best Travel Gadgets & Accessories
  • 10 Best Gadgets & Accessories for Camping

Finally, if your gift-receiver is specifically travelling to New Zealand, take a look at our Full New Zealand Packing List to see if any items inspire you!

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before calling New Zealand home. He has now spent over a decade in the New Zealand tourism industry, clocking in more than 600 activities across the country. He is passionate about sharing those experiences and advice on NZ Pocket Guide and its YouTube channel. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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New Zealand is one of the world’s most developed countries, with a rich source and diverse of goods for indigenous residents and visitors to the country to choose freely. Moreover, thanks to the favorable nature, New Zealand’s agriculture is very developed, creating many unique and meaningful products along with the traditional products of the Maori people on the island nation. So, if you have the opportunity to come to this country, you will not need to worry about what gifts to buy when traveling to New Zealand. In case there are too many options and you don’t know which is suitable gift to choose, we are here to help. So, what to buy in New Zealand, what should I buy in New Zealand and what souvenirs to buy in New Zealand? Let’s check out our New Zealand shopping guide with the suggested 21 best gifts from New Zealand (best New Zealand gifts), best New Zealand souvenirs, best things to buy in New Zealand, good souvenirs from New Zealand, things must buy in New Zealand as well as where to buy them to find out the answer!

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Best gifts from new Zealand: Kiwi fruit and/or related kiwi fruit products

What should I buy in New Zealand? Fruit is one of the gifts that many tourists choose the most. Because in New Zealand, there are quite a few green grasslands and vast farms which are very suitable for growing fruit trees. So it’s not difficult when you want to choose to buy a fruit. If you are wondering what souvenirs to buy in New Zealand, you can choose kiwi fruit. It’s the specialty of this island nation. Although originally from China, the New Zealand kiwi has now become one of the most famous commercial products in the world.

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Even just mentioning kiwi fruit people immediately think of the beautiful island nation of New Zealand. Where there are green fruit farms that are grown according to strict standards. So, if you have the opportunity to come to this country, you can buy kiwi fruit or products made from kiwi fruit as a gift such as fresh or dried kiwi fruit… even juices, candy, sweets, jam made from kiwi.

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In addition to buying as gifts, you can visit kiwi farms to see how they are cultivated, and how these delicious fruits are cared for. And the most ideal place to visit a kiwi farm is in the Bay of Plenty – a region considered the capital of kiwi fruit in New Zealand.

Must buy in New Zealand & best New Zealand souvenirs: Manuka Honey

Besides kiwi fruit, Manuka honey is also considered a standard New Zealand gift for those who have the opportunity to travel, work or visit relatives in this country. It’s also another specialty of this country.

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Manuka honey is produced by bees that suck nectar from the flowers of the Manuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium, called ‘tea tree’ by Captain Cook) – a special plant that only grows in New Zealand. Although you can buy Manuka honey (imported from New Zealand) in many parts of the world, coming and choosing to buy honey in New Zealand is still considered the most enjoyable experience.

Moreover, not only has special meaning, but Manuka honey also has effective healing powers. Many studies have proven that this type of honey can help strengthen the body’s immune system, aid in wound healing, reduce skin infections, reduce sore throats and digestive problems. Some users even claim that their skin and beauty have been significantly improved by using Manuka honey regularly.

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What’s special about manuka honey lies in its natural antibacterial qualities. Scientific studies have shown that the nectar of manuka flowers contains antibacterial components in very high concentrations. There are many different types of Manuka honey. So, unless you intend to use it for serious health problems or for medical purposes, choosing Makuna honey at a concentration of UMF 10+ is the most ideal. This is the most suitable concentration when mixed with tea or warm water to enjoy the wonderful quintessential natural honey flavor.

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Buying Manuka honey at New Zealand stores is also very simple. You can buy it at any supermarket, health store or travel store. Even if you have the opportunity to visit the North Island of New Zealand, you can sign up for tours to visit the Manuka bee farms in Tauranga, Taupo or Warkworth (1 hour drive from Auckland).

What to buy in New Zealand: Lemon & Paeroa (L&P) carbonated drink or craft beer

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L&P stands for Lemon & Paeroa, the two main ingredients of this delightful sweet soft drink and also briefly describes its invented recipe. Born in 1907, the lemonade drink combined with carbonated mineral water originated in the town of Paeroa – L&P hits the market since then.

This special New Zealand drink tastes almost like Sprite or 7-Up but feels double the carbonate. A refreshing can of L&P for a hot afternoon will leave you feeling extremely refreshed.

However, in case you don’t like the taste of this novelty drink, or you simply want something more “heavy”, craft beer will be the drink for you. New Zealand is also famous for craft beer, so bring home a few delicious bottles of beer is also a good choice!

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What souvenirs to buy in New Zealand: Pounamu necklaces

In the river culture of the Maori people, the fishing hook is an essential item in their life, it has become a prominent symbol of the Maori tribe. Maori hooks are usually attached to a small rope and worn around the neck. This custom gradually turned Maori hooks into jewelry. There is perhaps nothing more New Zealander than a jade necklace.

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Jade, also known as greenstone or pounamu, is inlaid on necklaces and is sold all over the country. On the jade pendant will often be engraved with a Maori symbol representing the special relationship between you and the recipient. Traditionally, you should only buy a jade necklace to give as a gift to special one. So this will be a very meaningful souvenir for someone important to you. You should also note that according to the custom, you should only buy jade necklaces for gifts, not for your own use.

Pounamu is a sacred and important symbol of the Maori people. Around this traditional jewelry, there are also many thrilling stories about its origin. Some ideal suggestions for souvenirs are made of Pounamu stone that can be found such as necklaces, sculptures, decorations, jewelry, etc.

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Things must buy in New Zealand: Merino wool clothing

An interesting fact about New Zealand is that the island nation has more sheep than people. New Zealand has nearly 30 million sheep while the population is only nearly 5 million people. Sheep are an integral part of New Zealand’s economy. The most famous and popular products from sheep are wool garments. You can buy them at airports or souvenir shops.

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Wool clothing is also a special traditional souvenir that you cannot miss when coming to New Zealand. The main material to make these clothes is the wool of Merino sheep, a sheep with the softest hair and even comparable to luxurious materials like cashmere wool. Merino wool products are often sold a lot in New Zealand with many options for you such as sweaters, gloves, beanies, etc. Or if you want, you can also buy wool to knit your own one.

Also because of the large number of sheep, Merino wool and products made from wool such as clothing, souvenirs, etc. have become typical New Zealand goods. This is also the correct answer to the question of best gifts from New Zealand and what to buy in New Zealand

Good souvenirs from New Zealand: Mineral Mud Products

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Ladies, if you like to wear masks, maybe you can buy masks or masking creams made from mineral mud. New Zealand is one of the countries with many active volcanoes, so it is very rich in mineral mud, which is good for your skin. Famous brands: Wild Ferns, Rotorua Spa.

Best things to buy in New Zealand: Trekking outfit and swimsuits

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Almost in all major cities there are brands of trekking and bathing clothes such as MacPac, Kathmandu, NorthFace, QuickSilver, BillaBong, RipCurl,… You can find many products to meet many other exercise needs. If you go right in the Sale season, feel free to buy it because the price is very good.

What should I buy in New Zealand: Domestic clothing brands

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New Zealand’s domestic brands are also quite rich and diverse. Brands for men with Barker (extremely quality), Hallenstein Brothers (extremely cheap), Huffer, Working Style. For women with Glassons, Untouched World, Stolen Girlfriend Club. Do not hesitate to try at the local brand stores because there are many unique things in these stores.

Best New Zealand gifts: Greenstones

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Greenstone is found only in the South Island and has been used by the Maori for jewelry and sharp tools since time immemorial thanks to its hardness. The Maori believe that this stone is a god stone that brings good luck to their villagers.

Best gifts from New Zealand: Sheepskin rugs

New Zealand is known for its large sheep population. Products derived from sheep are produced and sold in a rich and diverse. Visitors often choose sheepskin rugs as gifts for friends and relatives.

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The reason why tourists choose sheepskin rugs is because this is a popular product in the country and natural sheepskin rugs are super soft, smooth like ice cream and warm. On the other hand, rugs are made of many different designs, patterns and sizes. Therefore, visitors can freely choose a suitable rug suitable for the space but also suitable for checked baggage.

Good souvenirs from New Zealand: Buzzy Bee Pull Along Wooden Toy

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The Buzzy Bee is a cultural icon dating back to 1930s in New Zealand. Its exact origin remains a mystery but all New Zealanders are particularly fond of it. In fact Buzzy Bee is a wooden toy that is very popular with local children, New Zealand adults as well as tourists. You can find them at most souvenir or toy stores around the country.

What to buy in New Zealand? Textile products made of flax leaves

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One more souvenir suggestion that you can also consider is local products such as tote bags, kete baskets made mainly with New Zealand flax leaves. These special flax leaves can also be used to make mats along with many other traditional indigenous Maori textiles. On each textile product, people also skillfully decorate natural motifs or special symbols that are passed down in the iwi (tribe) from generation to generation.

What to buy in New Zealand: Wood carvings

Wood carving is known to be a longstanding Maori tradition. And visitors can easily see woodcarving when visiting a Marae or any other place you visit. Wood carving products here are also extremely diverse and rich. They not only have many designs but are also carved with extremely unique motifs and patterns. To find some of these local products and bring them home, you can choose from a few items according to your preference!

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The intricately carved wooden panels called “whakairo rakau”, are considered a heritage passed down through the generations and are also a symbol of the skillful hands of the Maori people. From the airport to the souvenir shops, you’ll find wooden sculptures of all shapes and sizes. In the past, people used green stone to make wood carving tools. Today, the Maori people have used metal chisels to replace stone, but the spirit and emotions through each grain of wood have remained unchanged. Bringing a piece of sculpture home as a gift for a loved one is not a bad idea.

Best New Zealand souvenirs: Abalone shells

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Abalone is known as the “mother of pearls”, large shells of bright green, dark blue, pink, white and purple mixed together are extremely eye-catching and can be found along the coasts of New Zealand. Small pieces of shells are also used to decorate many items in the house such as cups, lunch boxes, jewelry boxes… You can also buy shell pieces individually and make key chains or display them on bookshelf to decorating.

Best New Zealand gifts: Kete bags

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Kete bags are a traditional product of the Maori people. They make shoulder bags or handbags of various sizes out of flax leaves. Kete bags can also be covered with leather and miniaturized into wallets or purses. This is also a great gift for friends and family.

What to buy in New Zealand: Wild Ferns Bee Venom

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Bee venom is a high-end product that effectively keeps white and beautifies the skin, of which Wild Fern is one of the popular brands. You can also bring home as gifts for yourself or your loved ones, from masks, moisturizers, lipsticks, lotions.

What souvenirs to buy in New Zealand: Rugby related items

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The New Zealand All Blacks is the world famous rugby team and also the reason why this sport is extremely popular here. Having won the last 2 world championships, the All Blacks is like a messenger that has brought people closer together. Try to witness a rugby match live, bring back scarves, hats embroidered with New Zealand All Blacks logos on them, it will be an unforgettable memory for you.

Cool souvenirs from New Zealand: Bone jewelry

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One of the traditions of the Maori people is the art of carving on bones as well as on stones or wood. Each piece of jewelry contains a soul besides the ingenuity of its artisan, which will surely be an extremely valuable gift.

Best New Zealand gifts: Paua Shell Jewelry

Paua is a type of blue shell used in indigenous New Zealand art for centuries. Similar to the Pounamu stone, the Paua shell is found in the deepest South Sea and not too far from Antarctica. Cold oceans are thought to be responsible for the distinctive blue color of these shells. They can also change color with light, so they are often created into unique decorations and jewelry.

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This is one of the unique souvenirs in New Zealand. Jewelry made from Paua shells often have blue, green and purple colors that look very beautiful, you will be amazed when you see these jewelry and be surprised to know where they are made. In New Zealand you can buy jewelry made from Paua shells anywhere, even in Martinborough Town with a place called Paua World.

Best things to buy in New Zealand: Kiwi Bird T-shirts

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You also know, the Kiwi bird is the symbol of this country, even this country has another name, “the land of the Kiwi”. Therefore, if you do not know what souvenirs to buy in New Zealand, finding a shirt with a kiwi bird image is a perfect idea. Since the Kiwi image is so famous in New Zealand, you can buy kiwi bird t-shirts everywhere.

Charm Bracelets

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Charm Bracelet is a famous bracelet that is loved by many women around the world. Charm bracelets have a magical attraction because of the delicate beauty of the design that is both classic and modern. You can customize and change the charm beads according to your preferences and personality. Each charm is a small story, each charm bracelet hides a big message. As long as you have an original plain bracelet, you can create many different versions by renewing the charms for your bracelet. This will be the perfect New Zealand souvenir for your beloved grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and women.

Best gifts from New Zealand: New Zealand Wine

The whole country of New Zealand has more than 10 major wine regions and various sub-regions spread along the east coast of both the North Island and the South Island. Some of the country’s most famous wine regions include: Marlborough, Martinborough, Hawks Bay, Northland, Auckland…

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Each region has its own different climates and geographical conditions that produce some wines with their own distinctive flavors. Among them, the most famous is Sauvignon Blanc white wine and more recently Pinot Noir. Giesen Sauvignon Blanc is a wonderful blend of dried herbs and the scent of lemon leaves and pink grapefruit. When tasting, you will feel the sweet and sour taste and it is very easy to drink. These wines have made New Zealand’s winemaking worldwide famous. It also turns New Zealand wine into a luxurious and meaningful gift, the perfect answer to the question of best gifts from New Zealand, what to buy in New Zealand.

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Besides, Ned Sauvignon Blanc is also one of the most attractive wines for tourists. It is made from grapes grown in the Marisco garden in the Waihopai valley in Marlborough province. And has reached the top 10 of the best wines in the world.

Best things to buy in New Zealand: Whittaker’s Chocolate

Whittaker’s Chocolate is one of the oldest chocolate manufacturers in New Zealand. The chocolates of this famous brand are made entirely from quality cocoa beans, carefully selected by a strict process.

Up to now, Whittaker’s chocolate is not only a long-standing food but also the pride of New Zealanders. So, if you are wondering what to buy in New Zealand, this brand’s chocolate could be a good choice for you.

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In addition, Whittaker’s chocolates are extremely diverse in flavors, fillings and types, packaged in many different packaging sizes. Visitors may feel extremely excited at first, as if they have just entered Charlie’s candy factory, and quickly change their emotions to confusion at the countless bars and packages of chocolate candy piled on the shelves in front of them. It is recommended that you try all the chocolates during your time in New Zealand to find your favorite flavor or the one that you think is the best.

Things must buy in New Zealand: Dried seafood

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New Zealand is not only famous for its delicious cuisine and drinks, but it also attracts visitors by its wonderful seafood that is processed into nutritious and very healthy dishes. If you choose these types of seafood as gifts for relatives and friends, you should choose dried seafood for easy preservation and long-term storage.

What to buy in New Zealand: Anzac Biscuits

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We will reveal to you one of the gifts that you can buy for your friends and relatives, which is Anzac Biscuits. This is one of the specialties in New Zealand, loved by the people here and also a snack chosen by many tourists. Anzac Biscuits are made from many different ingredients such as: oats, syrup, flour, coconut,… and a few other flavors. Anzac Biscuits are easy to store and transport, so you can buy this biscuits as a gift. You can buy these biscuits at bakeries or supermarkets in New Zealand.

What should I buy in New Zealand: Pavlova cake

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It would be remiss not to mention this cake as one of New Zealand’s famous specialties. Pavlova is a sponge cake and a dessert covered with cream and fruits such as kiwi, grapes, red berries,… with moderate softness, delicious taste, sweet without being too greasy. This is also a popular cake used as a dessert on menus at restaurants in New Zealand.

You can buy Pavlova at bakeries and you should buy them close to the time of take-off to ensure the freshest cake. And you should pay attention to how to preserve the cake to avoid being broken. When buying cakes at stores, you should clearly state that you are buying them as a gift, they will pack them for you in a sturdy box to ensure.

Some notes when buying things in New Zealand

You do not need to worry about buying gifts when you go to New Zealand as we mentioned above because there will be many gifts for you to choose from. However, when buying a gift or buying any item in New Zealand, there are a few particularly important notes regarding purchases in the country, such as:

Exchange money in advance

New Zealand is using the New Zealand Dollar (NZD$). You can easily exchange NZD at all the shopping malls and centers of the country. However, if you want to change from Vietnamese currency to New Zealand dollar, it will be relatively difficult. Therefore, it is best before leaving the country, you should exchange money to NZD or USD and bring a credit card for shopping convenience.

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In addition to the typical goods produced in the country, New Zealand also has many imported goods from all over the world. Therefore, coming to New Zealand, you can freely shop, choose things for yourself, choose gifts for relatives and friends. However, the price of goods in New Zealand is relatively expensive. Therefore, tourists not only need to determine what to buy in New Zealand, but also need to carefully balance costs.

Other notes when shopping in New Zealand

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Shopping malls in New Zealand’s major cities are open all day of the week to serve tourists. But stores in remote areas are usually only open until the end of Friday. So, if you intend to buy at these stores, you should be aware of the operating hours.

In addition, although security in New Zealand is very good and safe, during sightseeing and shopping, you should leave your belongings neatly and cautiously. Especially with money and important papers to avoid theft, pickpocket…

New Zealand travel guide: Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, from and to Auckland you can refer to

  • Taste of Waiheke Day Tour from Auckland
  • Hobbiton Express Small Group Tour with Lunch from Auckland
  • Karekare Waterfalls and Piha Beach Day Tour from Auckland
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  • Auckland Explorer Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Pass 24 or 48 Hour with Devonport ferry
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  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Ticket
  • SkyBus Auckland Airport (AKL) Express Transfer Ticket
  • SheepWorld Admission Ticket
  • Private Auckland Airport (AKL) Transfers for Auckland
  • Shared and Private Auckland Airport (AKL) Transfers to/from Auckland CBD
  • Soaring Kiwi Hop On Hop Off Bus Pass in Auckland (24 or 48 Hours)


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