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The perfect place for affordable, quality souvenirs

With only four hours of personal time on a business trip to Auckland, I had to be efficient about... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2018
Oakland, California
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Fantastic, unique gifts and wonderful staff

On a recent trip to New Zealand we stopped off at the wonderful Elephant House. The range in the... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2018
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Find authentic New Zealand gifts, including greenstone (pounamu) jewelry and bone carvings, pottery, paintings, and prints at this store located down an alley in the historic Parnell Village.
237 Parnell Road, Auckland Central, Auckland 1052, New Zealand
+64 9-309 8740
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Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

With only four hours of personal time on a business trip to Auckland, I had to be efficient about my gift shopping. Fortunately The Elephant House made finding gifts for everyone on my list a breeze, and the nearby bottle shop rounded out the collection...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 25, 2018

On a recent trip to New Zealand we stopped off at the wonderful Elephant House. The range in the shop is fantastic- something for everyone and everything very unique. As if that is not enough, the staff at the Elephant House are so friendly and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

If you need to buy souvenirs or gifts for back home, but you don't like the made in China stuff they have in the City Center, this place is for you. More like a coop than a souvenir shop, you are supporting local artists in...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

Elephant Houses in Parnell is a beautiful place to shop. Everything arrange very well. Most of them are wood made of NZ. Small size to big. All are interesting.Suitable place to chase an NZ wood souvenir .More

Date of experience: February 2018
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cdysthe, Owner at The Elephant House, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2018

Thanks so much for your visit and kind words. .You're obviously a wood lover ... and you're right, NZ wood is unusually rich in character and skillfully finished by our craftspeople. For the benefit of others, we generally say that we sell anything that is...More

Reviewed December 19, 2017

I read reviews of this shop on TripAdvisor and my husband and I made this our last stop for souvenirs while in New Zealand. We were so glad we did! Such a variety of items with beautiful craftsmanship! The prices were reasonable as well. I...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed December 17, 2017 via mobile

The Elephant House is a one stop shop for fabulous New Zealand souvenirs. The staff and manager are extremely helpful and offer excellent service. I highly recommend coming here for any New Zealand souvenirs. They often have one off pieces that are not mass produced...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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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

Date of experience: December 2016
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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.

Date of experience: February 2017
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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

Date of experience: June 2017
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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

Date of experience: April 2017
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cdysthe, Owner at The Elephant House, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2017

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

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Response from LittleKiwiGal | Property representative |
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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