rare new zealand carving and jewellery since 1976

The Gift Centre

Queenstown's oldest store

About the Gift Centre

The Gift Centre has been in our family for 3 generations, and is the oldest shop in Queenstown. We started selling paua shell jewellery in 1976, just as inbound tourism to New Zealand was starting to develop, and have been doing so ever since.

Over the years we added New Zealand pounamu jade carvings, and Māori influenced artworks, developing deep connections with master carvers around NZ.

These connections, built up over 40 years, allow us to offer you one of the best selections of New Zealand pounamu jade anywhere in the world. Open 7 days a week, 364 days a year (We close on Christmas Day), our friendly staff are always available to help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Rare and beautiful jewellery

QUALITY & selection

The ties that we have built up with New Zealand’s top carvers and jewellers over 45 years allow us to source top quality items which you would otherwise be unable to find.

With over 100 suppliers, we have one of the widest selections of New Zealand made paua shell and Pounamu Jade jewellery in New Zealand - you are sure to be able to find exactly what you are looking for, all in one convenient place.

more than 40 years in business


The gift centre is a family owned and operated business. Opened by Harry and Betty Caldwell in 1976, it was then passed on to their daughter Joy and her family when they retired in 1985. In 2007 Joy sold it to her brother Ian, and his son Michael, who have been running it ever since. We take pride in being the longest running business in Queenstown, and in the quality of our stock. Pride in our history makes us strive every day to satisfy you, our customers.

Here to help


Our family and staff take pride in their friendliness and willingness to help you find just what you are looking for.

We love meeting visitors to Queenstown, and talking with them about their experiences in this wonderful part of the world.

We are always willing to go the extra mile to guarantee customer satisfaction. Whether in-store, or online, please do not hesitate to ask us anything, we are always here to help.

Free returns

Returns notified within 2 weeks receive a full refund upon return of item.

Worldwide shipping

Ship anywhere, rates available at checkout.


Call us between 9AM and 9PM NZ standard time +643-442-8528, or email us at jadepaua@gmail.com