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10 Places to Buy Unique Souvenirs in Christchurch, New Zealand

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Updated: 13 July 2017
So you’re looking for a unique piece of New Zealand to take back home. If Christchurch is your shopping destination, then you’ve got a good chance of finding the perfect gifts and memorabilia to buy. Let’s take a look at 10 places around the city that are worth browsing through.

Go Kiwi Gifts and Souvenirs

Go Kiwi Gifts is a dynamic part of New Regent Street, and is always bursting at the seams with New Zealand made products. Knitwear, natural beauty products, artisan giftwares, and all kinds of homely items line the shelves of this exquisite souvenir store. Go Kiwi Gifts started in 2012, being one of the first shops to reopen since the 2011 earthquake, and has been serving quality products from local manufacturers ever since.

Go Kiwi Gifts, 18/22 New Regent St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand, +64 3-377 9747


The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Souvenir Shop

Aside from being a leading Christchurch attraction, the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is also a great place to find a unique gift for the nature and wildlife lovers in your life. The reserve’s souvenir shop stocks items that are harder to come by too: including lanolin skincare, bone carvings, mother of pearl jewellery, as well as a wide range of merino clothing.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, 60 Hussey Rd, Northwood, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand, +64 3-359 6226

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HAPA

HAPA is a design store that offers a dedicated collection of New Zealand made gifts, art, jewellery, and homewares. Since its early beginnings inside a shipping container at the Re:START mall, HAPA’s ability to inspire its customers to support local craftsmanship led to the opening of a second store at The Tannery. The shop’s Kiwiana collection aptly embraces the artistic side of iconic New Zealand relics, proving that these don’t have to be tacky.

HAPA, 96 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand, +64 3-372 9335


Canterbury Museum Store

If you’re heading on a museum expedition, make sure to keep an eye on this gift shop. The Museum Store is home to a handpicked selection of New Zealand souvenirs, arts and crafts. As with the Canterbury Museum itself, there’s a bit of everything for all tastes and affinities – from pottery and jewellery, to penguins. Suffice to say, their inventory is always very diverse and bound to keep all customers guessing.

Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand, +64 3-366 5000

Paua Shell Jewellery | © Jonathan Horwitz/Flickr


Charming Souvenir

Since opening its doors in 2015, Charming Souvenir has been dazzling shoppers with its stylishly rustic interiors and extensive gift collection. Cuddly toys, premium merino apparel, organic cosmetics, stylish fashion accessories, and greenstone jewellery are just some of the memorable items you might find on this charming shop’s shelves on any given visit.

Charming Souvenir, Church Corner Mall 1B/376 Riccarton Rd, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand+64 3-343 6188


Simply New Zealand

With multiple locations in Christchurch, Simply New Zealand is guaranteed to bring you plenty of options to consider. You’ll find myriad clothing, knitwear, novelty items, sheepskin rugs, artisan jewellery, beauty products, homewares, and confectionery on its shelves. And if you’re stuck for time, Simply New Zealand also has a shop inside the Christchurch International Airport.

Simply New Zealand, Re:Start, Cashel St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand, +64 3-365 9776

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Shop Antarctica at The International Antarctic Centre

The International Antarctic Centre is a popular, family-friendly attraction – so it’s no wonder that its gift shop is filled with products for all ages and interests. From popular souvenir items to themed mementos, there’s always something to delight and amaze on Shop Antarctica’s shelves. Along with its on-site premises, there’s a second Shop Antarctica store inside the international airport.

International Antarctic Centre, 38 Orchard Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand, +64 3-357 0519


Christchurch Art Gallery’s Design Store

The Design Store has an ever-changing array of products; carefully curated to reflect the themes, collections, and exhibitions featured in the Christchurch Art Gallery. The treasure trove of books, cards, jewellery, sweets, and imaginative pieces of memorabilia, encourages all gallery visitors to support local creatives and connect with art in new and innovative ways.

Christchurch Art Gallery, Montreal St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand, +64 3-941 7300

Carved Maori Scuplture | © Ashley Van Haeften/Flickr


Golden Fleece New Zealand

If it’s sheepskin footwear you’re looking for, Golden Fleece New Zealand is the place to visit. Since opening in 1995, this incredible shop has gone from a simple sheepskin footwear manufacturer to an exporter and wholesale powerhouse. In its Christchurch flagship you’ll be able to buy men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, scuffs, boots and slippers – all of which are proudly manufactured on-site.

Golden Fleece, 10 Cass St, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand, +64 3-366 5705


Beadz Unlimited

Beadz Unlimited is a great place to score yourself a unique piece of New Zealand-made jewellery. Featured items include the Beautiful Memories range, which is 100% produced in Christchurch, as well as wonderful vintage pieces and an extensive range of commemorative charms. If you’re searching for a gift for a crafty person, definitely keep an eye out for their remarkable beads and authentic Ngai Tahu greenstone collection.

Beadz Unlimited, 7 New Regent St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand, +64 3-379 5126

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