Rotorua is a centre for Maori culture. In many of the souvenir and gift shops
around the city visitors will find exquisite examples of Maori arts and crafts
- some carved from native timber, others woven from natural fibres or sculptured
from greenstone, bone, shell and other natural materials. Each piece of art
tells a story of the area and the Te Arawa people.
While in Rotorua, visitors should also look for specialised shops that sell
black pearls and abalone (paua) pearls. Blueberry wine and other blueberry products
can be found at the Blue Berry Winery. Hand blown glass is another Rotorua specialty.
Most of the attractions in Rotorua carry a range of souvenirs - from tee shirts
and caps to vials of volcanic sand and geothermal mud cosmetics.