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The Elephant House

237 Parnell Road, Auckland Central, Auckland 1052, New Zealand
+64 9-309 8740
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For real NZ souvenirs

Other than all the rip-off stores in the CBD, the Elephant House has actual stuff that will survive... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2017
martinrummel
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
Our second visit reassured us that this store is still best!

Our first visit was from locals' advice! Clever, unique, N.Z. high quality crafts~~At very... read more

Reviewed June 15, 2017
atwellsue8
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Saratoga, California
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The Elephant House, home of uniquely New Zealand made arts & crafts, is located down the alley at 237 Parnell Road, Parnell Village. Follow the elephant footprints, we are next to the fabulous Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“lovely shop” (2 reviews)
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237 Parnell Road, Auckland Central, Auckland 1052, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 6, 2017

Other than all the rip-off stores in the CBD, the Elephant House has actual stuff that will survive the journey, stuff that is the real thing and not the "made in China" copy. If you are looking for NZ souvenirs, be it the Kauri table...More

1  Thank martinrummel
Frances C, Marketing at The Elephant House, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2017

We love that you noticed that the arts and crafts we sell are made here in NZ and not some anonymous mass produced warehouse. Thank you for taking the time to visit, and browse!

Reviewed June 15, 2017

Our first visit was from locals' advice! Clever, unique, N.Z. high quality crafts~~At very reasonable prices, especially for the QUALITY. We have shopped all over the world, and this store is just plain great. Don't overlook it in Auckland.

Thank atwellsue8
cdysthe, Owner at The Elephant House, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2017

Thanks. What a wonderful review! We'll have to see what we can do to be even better for your next visit.

Reviewed June 8, 2017

If you are in the area take the time to stop by. The shop is very nice and has a lot to see. There is a wide variety of small crafts, woodwork, jewelry, and other cool items. If you are looking for a nice gift...More

Thank Trevor808
cdysthe, Owner at The Elephant House, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2017

Thanks for your visit and comments. Hope you do return again.Our stock is ever-changing.

Reviewed April 25, 2017

I chanced upon this charming shop when I was walking in the area. Before this place, I have been to more than a few souvenir shops. But The Elephant House is different. They added a artistic touch to the souvenirs and made them really special....More

Thank Peitoh
cdysthe, Owner at The Elephant House, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2017

Pleased that you found us. Thanks so much for your comments.

Reviewed April 20, 2017

Love this shop, so glad I found it on TripAdvisor to do my shopping at the end of my travels! The owner is so kind - I had questions about who made a few items and she knew all about the artists. You can find...More

Thank Lillie H
cdysthe, Owner at The Elephant House, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2017

Thanks for your visit and kind words.

Reviewed March 26, 2017

Visited Auckland and walked the city for a couple of days before stumbling upon this gem. Highly recommend! A place with great NZ made souvenirs that will last! Very happy with my purchases:)

Thank tk14906
cdysthe, Owner at The Elephant House, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2017

Really pleased that you found us ... and enjoyed what you found!

Reviewed March 8, 2017 via mobile

After seeing some of the shops around Auckland offering tacky souvenirs, we were so pleased to discover The Elephant House tucked into one of the many quaint little lanes of Parnell Street. This shop is spacious, well organized, and carries a wide variety of made...More

1  Thank Cathy M
cdysthe, Owner at The Elephant House, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2017

Pleased that you found us and that we were able to provide you with some unique, quality mementos your visit to New Zealand.

Reviewed March 5, 2017

Craft co operative in Parnell with good fair prices and lots of gift ideas and D souvenirs. Helpful staff too

1  Thank Molzmum
cdysthe, Owner at The Elephant House, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2017

Variety and quality certainly are our trademarks ... but as you say, prices are fair. Prices are set by the artists and crafters themselves.

Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

You have to really hunt for this little gem but it's worth hunting it out, absolutely the best place for tourists to source things all made in New Zealand by independent artists and other talented people. It's tucked down a little lane off of the...More

2  Thank Jakeal82
cdysthe, Owner at The Elephant House, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2017

We've tried to make the "hidden secret" a little easier to find with a large elephant head now hanging over the sidewalk at the top of the alley. Thanks for your review.

Reviewed March 2, 2017 via mobile

Bought a great Maori Mask....this is a cooperative so the proceeds go back to the artists. Lots of jewellery and other crafts to buy and great staff

1  Thank DJS1950
cdysthe, Owner at The Elephant House, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2017

Yes you are buying at prices set by the artist. So happy to read how pleased you are with your purchase.

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Donna S
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Hi there, Toni from The Elephant House here. We can repair this. There are 2 options. If the cord is joined with the binding around the pendant we would need to send it back to the vendor to repair. If it is just a cord, we... More
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