New Zealand’s wide range of souvenirs offers a reminder of your wonderful Kiwi travel. Wandering around arts & crafts markets to shop for great local finds is an opportunity to make the most out of your travel, whether to relax after several days of adventure-filled activities or simply to spend your free time before your flight back home. Souvenir shopping is the way to go if you want to update your art collection, buy gifts for your loved ones back home, or get yourself some keepsakes that you’ll remember your trip by.
The travel mantra “live like a local” cannot be truer when you visit the culture-rich New Zealand. And when buying souvenirs, the best you can live up to it is to buy locally. Arts and crafts markets, like the Queenstown’s Arts and Crafts Market, are the best places to find unique and awesome works by local artists and distributors.
Here are the great reasons to buy local arts and crafts in New Zealand:
Support local artists
Instead of buying souvenirs from malls, make your trip worth your while by shopping in markets that offer locally made items. That way, you’re giving support to the local arts industry—you help the local artists in New Zealand sustain their living, send their kids to school, create more artworks, and so on. Even buying just one local product from an arts and crafts market in NZ can make a big difference in someone’s life.
Unique, amazing selections
Each artwork is handmade and often the only version that a local artist makes, in addition to reflecting the unique Kiwi culture. This makes shopping in arts and crafts markets ideal for art enthusiasts who collect one-of-a-kind works of art.
Interactions with local artists
In arts and crafts markets, the sellers usually are the artists themselves. So when you visit, grab the opportunity to engage the locals in conversations—get to know their inspirations behind their masterpieces. For sure, they would love to share their stories, which will remain with you even as you go back home.
It’s a fun experience!
Just being able to feast your eyes on the diverse local artistry in New Zealand is enough to satisfy you.