What is the best thing to bring home from Wellington?

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Jeff Fleisher

If you’re pondering the ideal souvenir to bring home from Wellington, Forbes Travel Guide’s editors recommend a piece of native jewelry. Nearly everyone in New Zealand wears Maori jewelry of some kind around their neck, and Wellington has dozens of places to buy it. Jewelry stores, souvenir shops and merchants at city markets will all offer a variety of materials, sizes, and shapes. Popular materials include jade, luminescent para shell (the shell of a species of abalone), bone, or other gemstones, and some shops allow you to carve your own, so there are lots of choices depending on your taste and budget. Similar Maori symbols are also common in word carvings, jade sculptures and ceramics, which can all be found in any number of Wellington shops and make beautiful home decor.

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