Shopping

Shopping

New Zealand offers a great variety of shopping experiences for visitors from overseas. With currency conversions invariably favouring the overseas visitor, a New Zealand shopping spree is a ‘must do’ activity.

Shops are usually open from 9 am to 5.30 pm with late shopping available on Thursday or Friday nights in the cities. Many supermarkets are open 24 hours and large shopping malls and tourist resort centres are generally open between 10 am and 5 pm on weekends.

Duty-free shopping is exceptionally good in New Zealand with a wide product choice and good value. Auckland Airport has over 50 retail outlets and Wellington and Christchurch also have a good number. Many city duty-free stores offer international products including cosmetics, electronics, wines and spirits and New Zealand crafts.

New Zealand woollen goods are especially sought after, particularly hand-knitted sweaters, jackets, coats, sheepskin rugs, bed underlays, car seat covers and boots. Outdoor clothing is a Kiwi speciality and you will find many purpose designed garments like the pure wool ‘Swanndri’ overshirts favoured by trampers, farmers and hunters. Fashionable suede and leather jackets, in trendy and classic designs, are real value for money. Most shops are glad to ship heavy or bulky purchases for you. Items sent overseas are not subject to the 15% Goods and Services Tax.

Craft items of superb quality are found in abundance all over the country. New Zealand glassware is highly sought after. Pottery and fine ceramic ware is outstanding in places like Nelson and Coromandel where high-grade clays are useable straight out of the ground. Native woods make unique gifts and the Northland kauri is a favourite due to its fine grain and sheen. Traditional Maori motifs and designs intricately carved in wood, bone and greenstone (jade) make excellent souvenirs. Paua (abalone) shell is a perfect gift in the form of silver inlaid earrings, necklaces and other novelties. Look out for country art and craft fairs and weekend markets where you will find unique Kiwi goods.

By | 2014-08-11T00:38:00+00:00 June 4th, 2013|New Zealand|0 Comments

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Like most people, I have many passions, goals and dreams. As a self made business professional, my focus is helping my clients, associates and friends, build, strengthen and maintain their success. It would be fair to say I am in the full time business of building relationships and feel my purpose and skill is connecting the right people with the right people. My professional work tends to dominate my personal life, to the horror of my partner and business mentor. They both fully support me yet give me the hard truths when I need to hear this. I am always investing in my personal development to have a fulfilled work/life balance. I enjoy Target Shooting, Hiking & Mountain Biking to clear the brain and to take the guilt away when indulging at a quirky cafe for a cooked breakfast or brunch. My passion for travelling has seen me experience the world on many occasions, my next adventure will be doing the Tibet Rail Journey on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway from Lhasa to Golmud as long as they have Wi-Fi aboard ;-) I have many goals I still wish to achieve but am pretty chuffed that I have accomplished so many of these already.

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