What’s not to love about New Zealand? This section aims to introduce you to some of our favourite things! These are not the obvious and not necessarily the iconic, but are more fun, quirky, off-the- beaten track items that we’d like to point out to our visitors. Many of these We love… items make us proud of our New Zealand heritage and we hope they sharpen your desire to meet the people and places of this diverse destination. Enjoy!

We love… New Zealand merino.
This comes from long-haired merino sheep and is soft and warm, rather like cashmere. The best quality merino is widely available in New Zealand and we can point you in the right direction to find the perfect products for you.


We love… New Zealand sweets from the local Dairy (corner store) - Nicci grew up enjoying these – her most memorable and favourites are chocolate fish, pineapple lumps, minties, Whittakers peanut slabs, buzz bars and hokey pokey ice-cream in a cone!


We love… Birdwoods Gallery in Hawke’s Bay, owned and operated by Bruce and Louise Stobart.
This lovely little gallery and sculpture garden is close to our hearts because Bruce and Louise are originally from Zimbabwe, John’s homeland – and, with their work, they continue to support the original artistic Birdwoods community back home in Zimbabwe. Read more about their fascinating story and gallery – www.birdwoodsgallery.co.nz.