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You'll probably notice a lot of locals wearing a green stone pendant around their neck. This is one of the best souvenirs to have from your trip to New Zealand. However, bear in mind that, culturally, it is not a good idea to purchase a green stone for yourself.The Maori people believe that this will anger the spirit of the jade. You may be lucky enough to be given one by a New Zealander, or you could give one as a gift to someone else.
If you're after something for the home, New Zealand has tall forests of kauri trees which produce a beautiful soft wood perfect for carving. Pick up a beautiful kauri carving either something deocrative or practical. I love the organic shaped bowls.
Boys, I reckon you should not leave New Zealand without an All Blacks jersey in your bag.
For a range of creative Kiwiana my favourite stores are the Texan Art Schools dotted around the city. They have cool pieces that aren't your standard souvenirs.