Parnell Village Shops, Auckland
I found in this shop a big array and large selection of very nice souvenirs of New Zealand. All sorts of bits, large and small. Native wooden bowls, Merino woollen garments, craft made toys, postcards, jewellery, something for everyone. Even possum skin items, bags and scarves etc. Remember possum skin helps protect our native bush and fauna and also our protected kiwi birds. These animals are a major problem in our wilds, therefore killing for their skins is encouraged.
What to buy: As mentioned already there is something for everyone here, large or small. If you fancy to pay big money for craft items you can pay $4000 for a large lamp or if you only want to spend $1 on a tiny bumble bee or postcard, you can. I found the price of the native wooden turned bowls reasonable compared to similar items around the country.
What to pay: $1 to $4000 kiwi dollars!!
Höglund Glass is one of the top quality New Zealand items you may like to purchase on your visit down here. Of course transporting this medium home can be a mission, however the shop will organise this to best protect the glass, they ship worldwide.
Most dignitaries are brought to this shop to give them the opportunity to buy gifts. British Royalty and American Presidents have shopped here.
Open 7 Days a week.
What to buy: Glass items, coloured and gorgeous, a variety of colours in different styles of handblown glass.
The shop also displays and sells other New Zealand jewellery and art.
What to pay: This is top of the range, and the cost reflects that.
Parnell Village is rather quaint with the shops all very small and boutique like. Mostly specialist shops, with classy items to buy, even souvenirs. Art and clothes, interior design and kitchenware.
One American president did his "souvenir" shopping here when in town.
You can view more photos of Parnell Village here.
What to buy: Plenty of eateries and cafés along here amongst the shops.
What to pay: Not exactly backpackers prices, but worth a look anyway.