Dunedin offers excellent shopping, with most stores open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 5:30pm, Friday from 9am to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 1pm (some later).

A good place to park your car and start browsing is the new Meridian Shopping Centre, George Street (& 03/477-1129), which has over 40 specialty stores and an international food court. For a Kiwi memento to take home, check out The New Zealand Shop (& 03/477-3379), in the Civic Centre, next door to the visitor center on The Octagon. It's open daily—and will even open just for you if you call ahead. It'll pack and post your order overseas, too.

If you want something with a "bonny wee Scottish" flavor, head for The Scottish Shop, 187 George St. (& 0800/864-686; [email protected]). It has a wide range of tartan and heraldic goods, right down to tartan ties. Helean Kiltmakers, 8 Hocken St., Kenmure (& 03/453-0233), continues the theme with made-to-measure kilts.

Hides, 185 George St. (& 03/477-8927), has top-quality Dunedin-made sheepskin and leather jackets, while Glendermid Ltd., 192 Castle St. (& 03/4773655), offers good-value lambskin and leather products. Kathmandu Ltd., 18 George St. (& 03/479-2484), will see you right for all your outdoor gear.

Mackenzie Country, Shop 6, Albion Place (& 03/477-8930), offers classic lifestyle clothing for men and women by one of New Zealand's leading fashion names. On the subject of New Zealand fashion, don't go past Plume, 310 George St. (& 03/477-9358), the home of Nom*D designer clothing.

For top-quality, one-of-a-kind New Zealand designer jewelry, you can't do better than Fluxus Contemporary Jewellery, 99 Stuart St. (& 03/477-9631). This cooperatively run gallery exhibits the works of leading New Zealand jewelers such as Kobi Bosshard, Georg Beer, and Lyn Kelly.

The award-winning University Book Shop, 378 Great King St. (& 03/4776976;, offers just about anything you're likely to want to read. It's just across the road from the Otago Museum; open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm, Saturday from 9:30am to 1:30pm.

Acquisitions, 286 George St. (& 03/477-0623), takes a lot of beating as the best general gift store in town, and a recent delightful find was Frangipani, 28 Moray Place (& 03/477-3061), a truly romantic gift and antique-clothing store filled with swirls of lace, lush fabrics, contemporary jewelry, and assorted temptations. Milford Galleries, 18 Dowling St. (& 03/477-7727), is the best dealer showing contemporary New Zealand art.

International doll artistry is best displayed at Jan McLean Originals, 494 George St. (& 03/479-2909; Jan designs and sculpts limited-edition porcelain dolls and has a large selection of limited-edition collectible teddy bears. Open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

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