The New Zealand Gift & Homeware Fair is one of the biggest events of the year for the gift industry and sees businesses from all over the world head to the island country.
The latest international products and trends are showcased in one place. From glassware to cosmetics, the fair is a great event for retailers looking to compare new products for the upcoming season and find the best buys for their business.
When and where does the NZ Gift & Homeware Fair take place? What can exhibitors and visitors expect to see on display? What permits are needed in order to attend? Answers to all these questions and more can be found below.
When is the NZ Gift & Homeware Fair?
The New Zealand Gift & Homeware Fair happens 3 times a year to showcase novel products before the new season:
- Autumn (March)
- Winter (June)
- Spring (August/September)
The Autumn and Spring Gift and Homeware Fairs take place in Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island, while the Winter fair is held in Christchurch on the South Island. Each fair takes place over 3 days.
On exhibition at the New Zealand Gift & Homeware Fair
The NZ Gift & Homeware Fair showcases the latest products from a variety of wholesalers and business professionals dealing in the following:
- Corporate gifts
- Gift Shops
- Health and beauty
- Hobby shops
- Interior decorating
- Novelty stores
- Sporting goods
Wholesalers of gift and homeware items have the chance to show off their products for potential buyers. In addition to companies based in New Zealand, various international businesses exhibit their goods at the fair for the industry to see.
Whether coming to the NZ Gift & Homeware Fair as a potential buyer or seller, the event provides an environment for networking, making good investments and building relationships in the industry.
It is an opportunity to make business connections as much as it is a chance for retailers to see what products they could purchase to sell in the season ahead.
How to attend the NZ Gift & Homeware Fair
In order to travel to New Zealand to go to the Gift & Homeware Fair, international travellers must first acquire the relevant documents to enter NZ.
Business visitors from many countries are eligible to apply for a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA), which allows short-term visits for tourism and business purposes (but not for employed work).
The Electronic Travel Authority is a visa waiver, which can be obtained by completing an NZeTA application form online; since this authorisation is not a visa, traveling to an embassy is not necessary.
Business people from countries that are not eligible for the NZeTA may need to apply for a New Zealand business visa.
Visitors who are exhibiting products at the fair must ensure that the items they are bringing into New Zealand are permitted and that they have any necessary documentation to do this. The business visitor may be required to pay duty at customs on some items.
With the paperwork completed, all that remains is to fly to Auckland (autumn or spring) or to Christchurch (winter) and compare the best gifts and homeware products the industry has to offer for the upcoming season.
Conditions of entry for the NZ Gift & Homeware Fair
The NZ Gift & Homeware Fairs are for business people and their guests only. Attendees must register and wear an Entry Pass at all times. Registering before the event is free; registering upon arrival will cost around $20 NZ per person.
Accompanying guests may be admitted for the first 2 days of the event only. Guest passes may be acquired from the registration desk.
The following actions are prohibited inside the fair:
- Taking videos
- Distributing marketing material
- Smoking inside the venue
- Removing products from the fair
Discover Auckland and Christchurch at the NZ Gift & Homeware Fair
Going to the NZ Gift & Homeware Fair gives international business visitors the chance to see one of the country’s most important cities.
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. Sandwiched between 2 coastlines, its vibrant centre offers shopping opportunities, dining options, entertainment, and nightlife.
Visitors can discover Maori history and traditions at the Auckland Museum or explore the exhibitions at the city’s many art galleries.
There are also opportunities for day trips to nearby Rangitoto Island and Waiheke Island, known for its vineyards.
Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island. Its botanic gardens and proximity to the Southern Alps make it one of New Zealand’s most picturesque locations.
With its historic buildings, colourful street art, and vintage street trams, Christchurch has plenty to explore and enjoy for business people coming to the NZ Gift & Homeware Fair during winter.