There is a reason why this is at the top of our list: Whittaker’s chocolate is beyond sensational. The rather large blocks of chocolate come in 22 flavour combinations. They also make the perfect treat to fit in your backpack as one of the 14 New Zealand Souvenirs for Your Friends and Family.
2. Lemon & Paeroa (L&P)
When in New Zealand, it won’t take long to notice that L&P is a top soft drink. It was originally made from the mineral water in the town Paeroa mixed with lemon juice. You can visit the giant L&P bottle in Paeroa if you so desire.
3. Or how about a combination of Whittaker’s and L&P?
4. Anything with All Blacks on it
New Zealand loves its national rugby union team and “loves” is putting it mildly. Get your All Blacks deodorant, birthday cards, onesies, and, understandably, rugby shirts.
What started in Hawke’s Bay as a canned fruit business in 1934, Wattie’s canned baked beans, spaghetti, frozen vegetables, soups, and sauces are found in most New Zealand supermarkets plus it supplies ideal backpacker food for on the road. For recipes, check out our Hostel Recipes section.
6. V Energy Drink
Giving New Zealand a kick since the 90s, V energy drinks all come with the special ingredient of guarana extract.
7. Tip Top
In 1936, Tip Top was a mere ice cream parlour in Wellington. This sort of escalated into New Zealand’s much-loved ice cream brand. Try the Hokey Pokey flavour which is the true taste of Kiwiana!
New Zealand’s very own eBay. TradeMe is an auction website that also has job and property listings. Find more useful websites like this in Useful Links for a Working Holiday and Backpacking in New Zealand.
9. Canterbury of New Zealand
Canterbury is a sportswear brand for the fashion-conscious athlete. The clothing can be identified by the CCC logo.
10. Maori Television
The best way to scrub up on your te reo Maori in your free time. You’ll be following Nga Kapa Haka Tuarua o Aotearoa in no time. Another way to learn the basics is on our article Backpacker’s Guide to the Maori Language: te reo Maori.
Get your source of calciumfrom New Zealand’s Anchor milk, butter, sour cream and children’s yoghurts. For general prices for food in New Zealand, be sure to look at Food Shopping in New Zealand.
Is there any product Pams doesn’t do? They are a budget food retailers found in New Zealand’s major supermarkets, but we’ve managed to find the odd Pams toothbrush. [Update: Pams is now owned by Goodman Fielder, a Hong Kong/Singapore-owned manufacturer].
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14. Sanitarium Marmite
NZ’s infamous marmite. You either love it or you hate it. Between you and me, it’s better than vegemite… Plus, it is said to be one of the 7 Ways to Stop Sandfly Bites.
15. Icebreaker Clothing
Icebreaker is famous for its merino wool base layer clothing. Outdoor clothing has never been so warm. Make sure you’re always prepared for the New Zealand outdoors by following these tips in What Clothes to Pack to Travel in New Zealand.
16. Kapiti Cheese, Ice Cream and Desserts
Probably the most awarded cheeses and ice creams in New Zealand. It comes from the beautiful Kapiti Coast in Wellington.