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!

A woman in a white t-shirt, wearing a dark green pounamu tiki, reaching out to flax.
Pounamu is a popular (and authentic) New Zealand souvenir.

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
  • Marmite
  • Pineapple lumps
  • Chocolate fish
  • Jaffas
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Lollies (sweets) made from feijoa or kiwifruit
  • Tiora tea
  • Cookie Time cookies
  • Pic’s peanut butter
  • Tim Tams
  • Reduced cream and Maggi onion soup (to make dip)
  • Local wine

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
  • Teatowels
  • Snowglobes
Photo: anne beaumont.

For kids

  • 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:

Multiple locations

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

North Island

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

Northland

  • The Cabbage Tree, Paihia
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds gift shop
  • Sarah C Designs, Mangawhai
  • Makana Confections, Boutique Chocolate Factory, Kerikeri

Auckland

  • 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

Waikato

  • 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

Wellington

  • 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

West Coast

  • Ocean Paua 2000, Hokitika
  • Bonz’N’Stonz Carving Studio, Hokitika
  • Garth Wilson Jade, Greymouth

Canterbury

  • 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

Otago

  • DF Souvenirs, Queenstown
  • Remarkable Gifts, Queenstown
  • The Remarkable Sweet Shop, Queenstown & Arrowtown

Southland

  • 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)
  • Hot sauces
  • 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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