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Maori Made Mark
When you are shopping for Maori arts you can be assured you are buying authentic and high quality items if they bare the Toi Iho mark. This ensure that the artist is of Maori descent, the item is high quality and that it has been passed by a Maori panel of artists.
This follows a trend around the world to authenticate indigenous arts of their countries.
Theme: Local Craft
If you are interested in high quality outdoor clothing then try these shops, found in a lot of the larger towns.
Camping and hiking gear, backpacks, boots etc also.
This is a New Zealand brand, so if you are particularly interested in buy something "kiwi", then Katmandhu can provide.
There are many Kathmandu Stores around the country, in the larger cities.
Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Napier, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin, Invercargill.
What to buy: Mens, womens and childrens clothes for the outdoors, of very high quality.
Polarfleece clothing, excellent quality backpacks, water bottles, holders, portable travel items/tools.
What to pay: This range is not cheap, but you get great quality. The have regular 10 - 50% sales where you get real good bargains.
You can often find bargain bins in the store at any time of year.
SEPTEMBER - Spring Clean sale 50%
APRIL - Easter sale
Address: Level 1, 151 Queen Street. AUCKLAND.
Phone: (09) 309 4615
Theme: Sporting Goods
Indigenous beer of New Zealand.
Supermarkets and BottleStores stock this beer.
What to buy: TaaKawa is described on it's label as an "Indigenous Ale of Aotearoa". This is a special opportunity for you to sample an ale brewed with malt from plants of our native forests. The ingredients are gathered by hand from around New Zealand, including some coastal islands. TaaKawa is brewed by the Waituna Brewing Company, in the Rangitikei Valley, North Island.
I am not a big beer drinker, but I find this to be quite light and similar to a lager.
The taste is not strong or too different, however it is unique.
The main source is the Kawakawa shrub, which grows on coastal and lowland forests. Maori have traditionally chewed the leaves of this plant to ease toothache. The leaves are peppery and if you are familiar with the Kava plant of Fiji you will recognise it as they are related, as well as the Pepper plant found in Indonesia.
What to pay: 4-Pack of 330ML bottles - $9.95NZD
Pacific Art options
Just to let you know, that at Auckland International Airport Terminal, there are a selection of shops including some that sell very nice Pacific Arts.
You can get certificates of authenticity and be fairly certain they are fine examples of Polynesian and other arts.
Aside from what you can buy, in the public area, there is also a few shops behind customs in the area where travellers can relax before boarding their aircraft.
What to buy: You can pay from $NZD100 to around $NZD4000. Depending on the item. But if it is quality it's worth it. You really can't buy a lot of these things anywhere else in the world.
Address: International Terminal, Auckland Airport.
Just to let you know the names of Supermarkets, so be on the lookout. This one is Countdown and they are in a lot of towns around the country.
What to buy: Food and drink is very well priced in these shops.
Theme: Food and Drink
What to buy: If you want to try something very much a part of New Zealand life, then buy some Vegemite. Originally from Australia, we have embraced it as part of us too. However it is very strong, salty and a bit repulsive to visitors. Vegemite is a Yeast extract, and should be use in small quatities due to its concentration.
We eat it normally at breakfast, but anytime is ok. You can spread it on hot buttered toast, and with tomato or avacado sliced on top is nice also. With crackers and cheese. Or you can add a spoon or two to meat when cooking, even spread it on steaks or roasts before cooking.
Vegemite is a very high in Vitamin B and has often been in stories of mountaineers or trekkers lost and surviving on this stuff. It is known to be suitable for vegetarians.
You don't need to buy a jar or a tube, if you stay at a motel often there are little cubes of the stuff in the breakfast bar with the jams. Grab one and when you are feeling brave, try it! Otherwise jars and tubes are available at most stores and supermarkets.
Theme: Food and Drink
Regency Duty Free
There is an interesting and convenient tip to give you about Auckland International Airport. It is possible to buy DutyFree goods on entry to NZ, avoiding the hassle of carrying them on the aircraft after purchase at your departure location. The prices are very compatible and more especially, liquour is cheaper than anywhere else I’ve seen. If you purchase from either Regency Duty Free or DFS Duty Free, then you get to fast track through customs IF you are a New Zealand Passport holder. This is a great facility. Sorry we don’t offer this for international guests to our country.
What to buy: Liquour, perfumes, electrical goods, etc
Address: Auckland International Airport.
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