What is the best thing to bring home from Christchurch?

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Jeff Fleisher

You won't find better jade anywhere than the jade sourced on New Zealand's South Island. Hokatika and other areas on the west coast provide large amounts of jade, known locally as pounamu or greenstone. In the Christchurch area, you’ll find artist-carved jade sculptures, pendants and toki (adze blades worn as jewelry). Prices vary depending on the intricacy of the carving, the size of the piece, and the clarity of the jade stone itself. As with most of Christchurch's city center, some of the previously popular jade jewelers are closed because of earthquake damage, but there are still plenty of shops throughout the city, in the Re:START complex, and surrounding towns that sell locally made jade pieces.

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