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The four best souvenirs to buy in New Zealand

Postcards and key rings are boring souvenirs. Show how much you really missed your loved ones by bringing them back one of these beautiful New Zealand-made gifts

Let's be honest. Postcards and key rings are boring souvenirs.

Excite your friends and show how much you missed your loved ones by bringing them back one of these amazing New Zealand tokens from your self-drive holiday.

Greenstone

Greenstone, also known as New Zealand jade or pounamu, is a precious stone that is of particular value to the native Maori, who used it to craft tools, weapons and as a means of declaring their status. There are many places throughout the country selling greenstone jewellery and carvings, but for the best and most authentic pounamu pieces, head to Hokitika on the west coast of the South Island.

Wool merino

Keep your friends and family warm this winter by bringing them back a piece of wool merino. There are many New Zealand companies offering various types of merino gear, but our pick of the bunch has to be Merinomink. Equal parts functional and stylish, Merinomink uses a blend of sheep and possum wool to create light, luxurious and super-warm merino clothing. Stockists can be found throughout the country.

Wine

Hopefully in your travels you've had a chance to sample some of New Zealand's fantastic wines. Share the experience with those back home by bringing back a bottle of the country's finest. Pick up a bottle of Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012 or Domain Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013, winners of their respective divisions in Cuisine Wine's 2014 awards.

Wood

Take a souvenir home made from the wood of New Zealand's mighty kauri trees. You can find kauri products all over the country, but for some true artisan products pay a visit to The Kauri Museum in Matakohe, Northland. The museum has an excellent shop, selling lovingly-crafted picture frames, bowls, jewellery and all other things kauri.