You will not have any problems with vegetables and market gardening there, but some kind of greens are not so used in NZ like in Europe. For example it was not easy to find some fennel for russian borsch I have cooked there...
Don't come to NZ to shop up big. There is so much more there to spend you money on than boring stuff you can buy everywhere else and for much cheaper. BUT if you are wanting genuine NZ products you can't go past the woollen clothing and the possum fur clothes. It is quite expensive but very good quality.
What to buy:
Found that souvenir are not cheap in New Zealand. But since one has come so far, best to spend a bit to take some back for memories and for friends and relatives.
The T-shirts and caps of New Zealand logos, fern leaf, kiwi and rugby team are cool.
Popular things to buy are tiki (Maori traditional ornaments) made from nephrite greenstone, whale bones or imitation cheaper plastic version, wood carving, paua shell items, cute kiwi bird souvenir, sheep skin product, honey product and NZ chocolates.
Fresh fruits of the season (apples, strawberries, cherries, kiwi fruits) and vegetables (asparagus) are greatly appreciated by your welcoming home team at the airport.
If you like some very nice art with a New Zealand theme, you should stop bye here if you are in Central Otago. Featured artists seem to specialise in local South Island and wildlife scenes. A great momento to take home from your trip here. Otago scenes are always well liked for their colour and texture, a very unique part of the world.
Open 10am - 4pm daily during summer, and Tues - Sun winter months.
What to buy: Art with scenes from local regions and also of wildlife.
opens every Weekend, Rain or Shine all the Stalls are roofed so no problem there
but there is a Pounamu Factory at Hokitika, at the West Coast.....the prices are lower there
you can't miss it..the Building is full of Mural, have a look at the sec. pic
What to buy: Wood and Bone Craft, Pounamou..NZ Jade jewlery as well as Paua shell craft. objects for daily use such as Fruitbowls, small to large carved from Kauri wood
What to pay: depends, but from US$15.- a small item could be yoursft
Check out the free food shelf in hostels everyday to save on food. Many people leave stuff like bread, pasta, sauces, etc. Lots of unopenned stuff get left too. Try to be around when the hostel staff cleans out the fridge (days when this is done is usually posted) so you can get first dibs.
What to pay: $0
I do like local Souvenirs shops... in a small towns especially - they have some endemic spirit...
and it's a pitty I haven't buy any broad-brim !
What to pay: about $72 for a broad-brim
Seifried Winery in Nelson
What to buy: Wine........red and white.......of course, they send it in all parts of the world
What to pay: NZ$ from 12.- to ...
What to buy:
fine Pottery for all daily use, Coffee Mugs an easy Gift to bring Home
What to pay: Coffee Mugs and small plates..around US$ 6.- and upwards for bigger items
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