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Author: normagold

Joined: 6/10/2010
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June 11, 2010

Please share any and all travel tips including souvenir suggestions for our trip Aug 15th. Did anyone buy opal jewelery from Australia for example or pearl earrings from Fiji? If so any good suggestions for stores for such?



Author: luisa

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June 17, 2010

My favorite for shopping of the three countries was New Zealand. There is an abundance of shell jewelry and sweaters, hats, gloves, socks, jackets and yarn. I bought a Maori design nephrite jade pendant and a shell and sterling silver pendant in a shop in the craft center in Christchurch. There are some nice shops in Queenstown too.

We stopped at a wonderful shop "The Shed" on a long drive on the South Island. A lot of people bought there but I didn't  need any more fall/winer clothing. I also bought a couple of luggage tags and some small plastic kiwi fruit spoons for souvenirs.

The craft center in Christchurch has many tempting, good quality items and is a good place for lunch.

I didn't buy anything in Fiji, but some people bought shirts. Your p.d. will probably take you to an opal shop in Sydney. I bought a small pendant there - prices are very high for quality opal jewelry. I don't recall whether others in the group bought opals.

It's a great trip, I hope you enjoy every bit of it.


Author: normagold

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June 22, 2010

Thanks for replying. I guess all jewelry in gold is sky high right now and add good opal to that mix and the prices must be atrocious. Still it will be fun to look.


Author: pauline

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June 23, 2010

I wrote a reply, but somehow it got lost.  So here goes again.

I can't speak to Fiji, but I have been to Australia and New Zealand several times.

The craft center in Christchurch is a must.  There are stalls selling handmade costume jewelry, greenstone and wood carvings, and a variety of other items.  If the glove stall is still there, look at the selection of winter gloves.  I still wear the ones I bought there years ago.

New Zealand jade called Greenstone is made up into very nice jewelry and carvings.  You may also see gum from Kauri trees made into jewelry.  It looks like yellow amber.  Something fairly recent are blue pearls.  They are cultured in abalone and pick up the color from the inside of the shells.  The shells, called Paua, are used for jewelry and decoration.

I'm allergic to wool, but I found cotton knit sweaters in both Australia and New Zealand.

Other gift items would be lanolin skin creams, tea-tree (manuka) honey, balms and ointments made from emu oil.

Enjoy your trip!




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