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Obsidian

One Hour North Candle, $59 | Obsidian | 101 Chancery St

This Matakana-made candle boasts a 70 hour burn time, and is made from hand-poured soy wax. Any space is bound to smell incredible when choosing from three refreshing scents: Cucumber & Mint, Cedarwood & Neroli, and Blackberry & Rose. 

Champions of the world

All Blacks Shakti Mat, $79 | Champions of the World | 30 Queen St

A Shakti Mat is an acupressure mat that improves wellness and promotes health and healing. Deep sleep, healthy circulation, muscle recovery, pain relief, and relaxation are some of its many benefits. Combine a sense of national pride for the All Blacks with a conscious care for physical and mental health resulting in  peak functioning. Rooted in 5,000 years of Indian relaxation practices, this Shakti Mat is also ethically made in India with 100% cotton. 

Comvita

UMF 20+ Manuka Honey, $201.03 | Comvita | 139 Quay St

Manuka Honey is an incredible nectar that is native only to New Zealand, and boasts a plethora of health benefits, including  its antibacterial properties. The UMF is the leading authority on testing and rating Manuka Honey, and assures this honey reaches both quality and purity markers. Perfect as a natural sweetener in tea, used to heal wounds, and a natural remedy for the flu or a cold. 

Aotea Gifts

Alpine Silk Hand Cream, $9.90 | Aotea Gifts |148 Quay St

Rosehip can be found in a variety of products, and is praised for its ability to minimise wrinkles, reduce redness, and alleviate scarring and burns. Alpine Silk uses rosehip to create a product that is perfect for all skin types, from sensitive to dry skin. Enjoy the refreshing and rejuvenating sensation on your hands that provides both rehydration and an aromatic scent. 

Ok Gifts

Merino and Possum Fur Socks, $49 | OK Gift Shop | 131 Quay St

New Zealand is known for its lush and breathtaking terrain, a heaven for adventurous and fun-loving types. Merino and possum fur socks have been tested on the many hiking trails around the country, and are known for both their comfort and their durability. Breathable and resistant to odour, these socks will become a staple when choosing what to wear when partaking in the array of activities that Aoteroea has to offer.

Pauanesia

Kiwi, from $19.90 | Pauanesia NZ Gift & Souvenir Store | 35 High St

The Kiwi is the national bird of New Zealand, and the name that New Zealanders call themselves. These iconic flightless birds are taonga (treasured) to Maori, and a symbol of our national heritage. Pauanesia presents a range of special Kiwis made from vintage and recycled fabric, each with their own unique style and story to tell. 

Auckland Art Gallery Store

New Zealand Art Prints, from $65 | Auckland Art Gallery Store | Wellesley St E

We all associate certain images to our experience of living in New Zealand, whether that be fish and chips, the buzzy bee toy, or the distinct colours of the Pohutukawa flower. Choose from an array of New Zealand prints from the Auckland Art Gallery that are sure to hold special value to you or someone you love.

Global Culture

New Zealand-Made Soap, $12 | Global Culture | 92 Queen St

Soap becomes an exciting gift idea when choosing from the selection offered by Global Culture. There is something for everyone, from a 3-in-1 Beer Soap, Manuka Honey Soap, and Goats Milk Soap. If you are stuck with choosing a gift for your beer-loving uncle or your health-enthusiast aunt, it’s difficult to go wrong with this variety of choice. 

Last updated: 15 November 2019

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