Happy Hens Studio
I had seen "Happy Hens" before, and decided what a different, unique gift these would make.
We found the studio on our way down the Otago peninusula. This is where the Happy Hens begin, where you can see them being made from the start to the finish, including the hand painting of the hens. If you look closely at them, and know something about "Hens" then you will pick up that they are painted to represent different breeds of Hens.
I thought they were rather cute!
Studio hours are
Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Sat-Sun 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
(Extended hours during summer months)
Totally Otago is a small shop offering the visitor to Dunedin locally made products ranging from cheeses, wines, and other foods, through to paintings, woolen ware, and pottery. It is perfect for those who want to take something authentically "made in Otago" home as a souvenir or gift.
What to pay: Prices aren't cheap. If you're looking for low priced souvenirs, go to one of the shops in the Octagon, but don't expect to buy something made in Otago, or even New Zealand for that matter.
This shop had a good range of souvenirs, and, best of all for us, in comparing prices, it was the most reasonably priced souvenir shop which we came across on the trip.
What to buy: Many nice Paua shell items, including jewellery, souvenir mugs, ceramics, postcards, toy Kiwi birds and lots lots more.
What to pay: Depends on the souvenir, but I managed to buy some nice paua shell clip on earrings for $12, which seemed most reasonable.
A good place to park your car and start browsing is the Meridian Shopping Centre, which has over 40 specialty stores and an international food court.
There is an Arthur Barnetts Department Store, smaller shops include clothing, stationery, jewellery, gifts etc.
The foodcourt has: chinese, Burger King, Muffin Break, indian, Ma Higgins, sandwiches/smoothies etc.
Daily life, as seen in the Octagon and surrounding streets is vibrant, positive and upbeat. Cafes, restaurants and bars compete for space with a fabulous mix of retail outlets, service centres and entertainment venues.
Dunedin offers all the facilities one would expect within a modern, thriving city, without the traffic jams and parking problems!
All banks, insurance companies, government agencies, service centres and social agencies charities are represented in Dunedin. Major grocery chains, discount variety stores, department stores and retailers all trade in Dunedin.
Add to this unique speciality shops such as antique dealers, handmade homeware retailers, galleries, exhibition spaces, artists workshops and clothing designer showrooms and you truly have a cosmopolitan, vibrant mix of creativity.
The main city shopping area is centred around the Octagon, Lower Stuart Street, Princes Street, George Street and St Andrews. There are a number of suburban centres, with shops at Mornington, The Gardens, Andersons Bay Road and Mosgiel. Adding to your convenience most homes are only a short walk from a local dairy (corner store).
Shopping in Dunedin is relaxed and unhurried. There is a mix of national stores and highly individual local stores. Hours vary, but as a guide the following can be used:
Monday - Thursday: 0900-1730
(public holidays vary)
If you want to do shopping in Dunedin, you should go to Princess Street, Octagon and George Street which make up the city centre and shopping area of Dunedin. There are lots of restaurants, departmental stores, cafe, cinema etc here which is crowded during the weekends.
The Stafford House Shopping Mall is one of the shopping places located along George Street, in the heart of the city.
The Meridian Shopping Mall is another of the many shopping areas which line George Street at the heart of the city.