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Pauanesia

35 High Street
| +64 9-366 7282
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Better Than a Plastic Tiki Auckland  New Zealand
Pauanesia Auckland  New Zealand
Better Than a Plastic Tiki Auckland  New Zealand
Pauanesia Auckland  New Zealand

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Sun 10:30am - 4:30pm
Mon, Sat 10am - 5pm
Tue - Thur 9:30am - 6:30pm
Fri 9:30am - 7pm

Better Than a Plastic Tiki

Hmmm, what to buy when you want a New Zealand souvenir that's not a tacky plastic tiki or kiwi-shaped ashtray? That’s when you head to Pauanesia (pron. Pah-wah-nesia). Named after the Maori word for abalone, this High St. Auckland store has unique and interesting gifts. From authentic pounamu (greenstone) pendants that you traditionally gift to friends (never buy one for yourself) through to tea towels with 1970s motifs on them, you can be sure no one else will have what you’ve brought when you get back home.

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AFAR Local Expert
almost 3 years ago

Pauanesia

If you only visit one store for a souvenir, make it this unique gift shop filled with a treasure trove of antipodean objects. Rather than hokey T-shirts and cheap magnets, you'll find colorful textiles and knitwear, modern jewelry with Maori motifs and retro-print tea towels—the staple souvenir and hostess gift of Kiwis. The shop's highlight is the exclusive collection of stuffed (but not real) native birds: kiwi, kakapo and other winged animals made from recycled New Zealand wool blankets and fabrics.