Nestled in a little alley inside Parnell village, Elephant House has been serving as a platform for New Zealand craftspeople to showcase and sell their creations for more than 30 years. This hidden gem will provide you with a trove of authentically Kiwi pieces, from bone carvings and woodwork to Pounamu (greenstone) jewellery and skincare.
Hand-made stuffed kiwi birds, artisan jewellery, merino scarves, locally-made homewares – if it’s an uniquely New Zealand gift that you seek, Pauanesia will surely have it. Straying away from tacky souvenir shop aesthetics, this artistic Antipodean store is filled with quality items that are primarily sourced from local creatives. Sales proceeds from selected items even go towards bird conservation projects – so just about everything you’re buying is going back into the community.
Pauanesia, 35 High St, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, +64 9-366 7282
If you’re willing to spend a little extra, The Poi Room’s artistic objects, contemporary artworks, and Maori taonga (treasures) inventory is worth considering. With locations in Newmarket and Ponsonby, the shop is dedicated to representing emerging and established Kiwi artists and artisans as they make an impression on national and international spectrums. Prints, paintings, blown glass items, and mixed media sculptures are among the various items you will find in this refined souvenir store.
With more than 25 years of history and five stores Auckland-wide, the Texan Art Schools have sealed their place in supporting local designers and creatives from the area’s tech and art schools. The shop’s name has got nothing to do with Texas, FYI: it’s merely a play on the words ‘techs and art’. Whether you’re on a tight budget or you’ve got a little extra to spend, this is a great place to snap up some New Zealand-made fashion, accessories, homewares, jewellery, stationery, and art.
Timeless ceramic pieces made entirely by two Auckland based potters. Chrissie and Charlie Seakins have been creating special, New Zealand inspired items for more than 30 years. Along with their Northcote Point headquarters, Painted Pacific Pottery items are stocked in retail stores nation-wide. Mugs, vases and crockery all draw from the country’s natural landscapes and wildlife – from native pohutukawa plants through to fantail birds and the black sands that are characteristic of the West Auckland coastlines.