10 Places to Buy Unique Souvenirs in Christchurch, New Zealand
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.