Maori art

Souvenir Sunday: Kiwi treats from Auckland Airport

Every Sunday at the Stuck at the Airport travel blog is Souvenir Sunday, when we feature fun, under $10 items found in airport souvenir shops.

Souvenir Sunday one

This week: a few treats from New Zealand’s Auckland Airport, which I toured after covering Air New Zealand’s matchmaking flight for my Well Mannered Traveler column on (Yes; a matchmaking flight. Not the world’s first matchmaking flight, but definitely the world’s longest.)  You can read From L.A. to Auckland, love is in the air here, and add your vote to the survey about looking for love on an airplane.

But back to Souvenir Sunday. I found heaps of things I wanted to buy at the airport’s Artport shop, which carries Maori carvings and all sorts of fun craft items, like these upholstered “Past Pleasures” plaques, made by New Zealand artists.

Auckland doll

But for Souvenir Sunday, Tiki-shaped soaps and and these cute-but-corny candies struck my “made here and under $10” fancy.

Auckland - Chocolate KiwisAir New Zealand - Kiwi Tangy Jelly worms

Have you found a great souvenir while you’ve been stuck at the airport? If it’s under $10, “of” the city, and sort of offbeat, please take a picture and send it along. Your souvenir may be featured on a future edition of Souvenir Sunday.