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Go shopping in New Zealand and immerse yourself in bustling markets, artisan foods, designer labels and gifts infused with cultural uniqueness and beauty.

If shopping is one of your favourite pastimes, it could easily occupy much of your trip. But then you'd risk missing out on all the other things there are to see and do in New Zealand.

New Zealand's individuality is not only expressed through stunning landscapes and scenery. If you have a long list of gifts to buy you'll be impressed by the high quality, and range, of souvenirs on offer. From gorgeous pounamu (jade) ornaments and jewellery, hand-crafted glass and local wood products, to beautiful merino or possum knitwear and sheepskins - you'll easily find something special for even the hardest-to-please. 

If you're not limited to only buying gifts for others and fancy yourself a fashionista, indulge in a little retail therapy and seek out New Zealand's world-class, home-grown designers. Karen Walker, Zambesi, Trelise Cooper, Kate Sylvester and World are some of the well-known Kiwi labels on the international fashion circuit. For younger, edgy fashion look out for labels Huffer, Ruby, Madame Hawke and Storm. And stores Icebreaker, Untouched World and Macpac specialise in top-quality gear perfect for exploring the great outdoors.

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