6 traditional souvenirs to buy when traveling New Zealand

Articles May 21, 2020 13:27

Are you wondering what to buy as souvenirs when traveling New Zealand? Choosing traditional souvenirs is the best way to bring a little New Zealand to relatives and friends.

However, among a series of famous items in this island nation, do you know what you should buy? If not, take a look at 6 traditional souvenirs below!

6 traditional souvenirs to buy when traveling New Zealand

Traditional Pounamu jewelry

6 traditional souvenirs to buy when traveling New Zealand

Pounamu or New Zealand greenstone is a sacred and important symbol of the Māori. There are many thrilling stories about the origin of this stone. However, no matter what, today Pounamu items are always one of the top choices of every tourist when traveling to New Zealand.

Traditionally, each Maori symbol carved on the greenstones will have its own meaning, expressing your wishes to the recipient. Moreover, visitors can only request to buy a Pounamu necklace with the intention of giving it, not for themselves. This rare gem basically appears in the South Island. However, the jewelry made with them can now be found easily in many parts of New Zealand. Some ideal suggestions for souvenirs made from Pounamu stone are necklaces, sculptures, decorations, jewelry...

Buzzy Bee

6 traditional souvenirs to buy when traveling New Zealand

Buzzy Bee is a cultural toy dating back to the 1930s in New Zealand. Its most accurate origin is still a mystery but all New Zealanders like it. In fact, Buzzy Bee is a wooden toy very popular with local children, New Zealand adults as well as tourists. You can find them at most souvenir shops or toy shops across the country.

Linen weaving products

6 traditional souvenirs to buy when traveling New Zealand

Another souvenirs that you can consider is the local products such as tote bags, kete (baskets) made mainly of New Zealand flax leaves. These special flax leaves can also be used to make mats with many other traditional Mori weaving products. On each textile product, people also skillfully decorate natural patterns or special symbols that are passed down in iwi (tribes) from generation to generation.

Sculptures, carvings

6 traditional souvenirs to buy when traveling New Zealand

Woodcarving is known to be a long tradition of the Māori. And visitors can easily see the wood carving when visiting a Marae or any other place you visit. Woodcarvings here are also extremely diverse and abundant. There are not only many designs but also extremely unique motifs. Find some of these local products and take them home,  you can choose a few items according to your preferences!

Paua shell

6 traditional souvenirs to buy when traveling New Zealand

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

Merino wool

6 traditional souvenirs to buy when traveling New Zealand

Wool outfit is also a traditional souvenir that you cannot ignore when visiting New Zealand. The main material for making these garments is the Merino sheep wool, the softest wool that is even comparable to luxury materials like cashmere. Merino wool products are often sold in New Zealand with many options for you such as sweaters, gloves, beanies... Or if you want, you can also buy woolen yarns to knit something yourself.

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