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Great place for Souvenirs

We have been here now several times. It's a lovely place to visit with plenty of nice souvenirs in... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2018
janpieterkaren
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Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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learned about NZ paua also a very good gift shop for visitors and good prices also a surprise that... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
paulw1943
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Carterton, New Zealand
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Paua World, experience the magic of NZ’s iconic unique shell the Paua. DVD and factory visits, extensive gift shop with factory priced souvenirs and park like grounds. Their is something for everyone including stunning Paua Shell jewellery, NZ...more
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54 Kent Street, Carterton 5713, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

What an absolute delight. I've admired Paua for some 15 years and have several pieces of jewellery containing it. This place however brings Paua to a whole new level. Here you can watch the 'raw' shell being taken from dull and crusty to a rainbow...More

Thank Allgoodthyngs
Reviewed 25 March 2018

I didn't find much that was appealing about this place. Walking in, I felt that I was being scrutinised by the girl at the counter (most unfriendly) and judged to be less than ideal. I love paua, but was surprised at the overly tacky feel...More

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pauaworld, Owner at Paua World, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

I guess it goes back to the old adage "One Man's trash is another Man's treasure" As you will see from other reviews people have been delighted with what they have found to give as gifts or souvenirs.

Reviewed 16 March 2018

Discovered this little treasure of a shop during my recent visit, it is a fabulous place with something for everyone, lovely charming , pleasant and helpful staff. the selection of gifts and treasures is fabulous and the staff were able to give me a complete...More

Thank Sharon R
pauaworld, Owner at Paua World, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Hi Sharon, Thanks you for your review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. As we are all "Pauamaniacs" we enjoy sharing the secrets of New Zealand's unique shells with our visitors. Making our own products in the factory means we can have...More

Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

We visited this lovely shop twice on our holiday to NZ on the recommendation of the family we stayed with. Initially to buy souvenirs and then the day before leaving to buy the things we had forgotten. On both occasions the ladies in the shop...More

Thank Sally L
pauaworld, Owner at Paua World, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Thanks for taking the time to give us a review. We enjoy hosting people from other countries and helping them find gifts that reflect New Zealand. Our Company motto is Showcasing New Zealand to the world! We look forward to seeing you again on your...More

Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

I have just been laughed at by the ghastly owner and her minion out of this shop for being upset and bewildered as to why two of the exact same brand and pieces of jewellery were priced differently . On one stand the necklace was...More

Thank Jessica N
Reviewed 31 January 2018

Some o/seas friends arrived.. wanted some Paua souvenirs... took them to Carterton. They spent some money there, and asked for GST refund, or duty/tax free purchase. The shop lady said to keep receipt and ask for Customs refund on leaving the country . On reflection,...More

2  Thank pieata
Reviewed 16 January 2018

We have been here now several times. It's a lovely place to visit with plenty of nice souvenirs in a wide price range. You never leave the place without something. The staff is amazingly friendly, always happy to have a chat with you. Highly recommended!

Thank janpieterkaren
pauaworld, Owner at Paua World, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2018

Thank you for your positive review. We try to have something for everyone's taste and pocket in the shop and love meeting all our visitors.

Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

We passed through the area to have a meal and visit Paua World, worth a short visit and close to Stonehenge Aotearoa (not Stonehenge in the U.K.) Worth stopping by for an hour.More

Thank Trenham Ian Weatherhead
pauaworld, Owner at Paua World, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

We are glad you found the Carterton area interesting, we think we live in a slice of paradise. thanks for stopping by for a look at Paua World. We try to inform people about New Zealand's unique shell the Paua and in our gift shop...More

Reviewed 3 January 2018

There is just so much to see in here with everything paua.Staff are really helpful and friendly.You won't be able to buy just one thing,go on,treat yourself.

Thank alan h
pauaworld, Owner at Paua World, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Hi, thanks for your kind words. We try to have something for everyone's taste and pocket. We think we have the greatest jobs in the world meeting all the people who come through the store like yourself, we're so glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 11 October 2017

learned about NZ paua also a very good gift shop for visitors and good prices also a surprise that you can get coffee there

Thank paulw1943
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