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    Global Culture: Merino Clothing

    by BurgerQueen Written Sep 16, 2009

    The Global Culture store offers the whole Global Culture collection. Global Culture is a NZ brand making clothing mainly with merino wool. The store owner is delicious and very patient. She won't be upset if you may want to try all the assortment!

    What to buy: Merino clothes.

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    Lavender Farm: Stop To Smell The Lavender

    by jag17 Written Jan 5, 2007

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    Try to make a stop at the Lavender Farm while visiting Kaikoura. Located on the property of Dylan's Country Cottages (B&B), the shop has wonderful gifts. We stopped on our way out of town, and my friend and I both bought all kinds of wonderful products. Plenty of lotions and potions for skin, bath, and some that just smell good.

    We spent so much time shopping that we didn't have time to check out the gardens, but you can stroll around those as well.

    What to buy: Lavender products for men and women available

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    Various: town arts/crafts galleries

    by Kate-Me Updated Mar 7, 2004

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    On the left, another Maori art gallery, with a trendy hair studio beside it.
    Both are in the heart of the main street, which you can walk in a few minutes (if the interesting shop windows don't distract you). The main part of the shopping street is concentrated just under the bridge, on both sides of the street, and ends with the Library and Tourist information office.

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    ??? in the main street: Wool & possum products

    by Kate-Me Written Mar 7, 2004

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    possum skins, with their population stats printed

    This is an unusual shop, in that in part of it sells things like farming and stock products, and in another, wool and possum products, including these skins I just had to take a photo of.
    Kiwi's don't miss an opportunity to show visitors just how much damage the possums introduced from Australia have wreaked here (there are about 60 million possums here!) Really out of control, and though they are protected in Oz, and Australians are fond of them, I think every animal has their place in the community, and NZ with so many ground dwelling birds (possums eat their eggs) is definitely not the habitat where possums belong.
    At the tourist info centre, one of the activities of the day possible (or night, rather) was to go out Possum Hunting! (Not sure how they'd get around the gun laws - maybe they're not as severe as ours).

    What to buy: New Zealanders love to turn Possums into products, and their Possum Merino, which I'd never even heard of before, is just so soft!
    They make beautiful socks, hats, and blend it with Merino & make jumpers out of it.

    What to pay: It's fairly expensive, but then good quality isn't cheap. But on the other hand, there's no shortage of available fur!

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    Atawera Studio: Maori wood carvings and art

    by Kate-Me Written Mar 7, 2004

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    Atawera Studio & Tatooing is quite easily found by its large bright orange carved Maori arch sign outside.
    There are rather loud colours inside too. The roof is mauve, walls purple, orange and bright orange, bits of green....

    Very creative work, hugely expensive (but it’s also very unique - you’d have to see it for yourself).

    The art (maori) though the artist doesn’t look maori, is stylish and unique, some quiet large pieces.

    What to pay: Quite a lot!

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    Southern Paua & Pacific Jewels factory shop: Paua Shell jewellery and carved wooden artefacts

    by Kate-Me Written Mar 7, 2004

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    Having been in New Zealand quite a few days by this time and having visited many Paua stores, prices seemed pretty competitive here, and for jade and bone carved artefacts too.

    Not cheap by any means, but prices seemed better here than the more exclusive gift and jewellery stores further down the main street.

    What to buy: Otherwise in town, I found most shopping rather expensive, with higher prices on the quality goods which I'd noticed in other shops previously.

    Still, you get what you pay for I guess, and some of the specialty goods were rather unique.

    Souvenir T shirt prices didn't seem too bad though (around $30) considering the designs and quality were good.

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