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Kiwi Shop, Parkwood

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by T. A. Rose (subscribe)
From Brisbane, Australia, I mainly write for WeekendNotes, and at present, I enjoy challenging myself to add reviews on many diverse topics to this vast library of articles.
Published March 9th 2021
The New Zealand grocery experience
Kiwi Shop Parkwood Southport New Zealand grocers and souvenirs

Since visiting Kiwi Shop, my impression was I thought it was for New Zealanders and for someone like me who doesn't really specifically shop New Zealand but has always a fondness for pineapple lumps, L&P and Watties, as well as for people less familiar with New Zealand groceries. I was quite enthused about this little souvenir and grocer shop near Southport. The Kiwi Shop, with two locations, one in Eagleby within the Logan City area and one in Parkwood near Southport, gives you plenty of reasons to check this place out. I think overall, the store had some great souvenirs and a lot of New Zealand brands, including a mega range of non-perishable New Zealand groceries along with a freezer with ice creams, meals and delicacies. There are trolleys and baskets for shopping for their wide and varied range of goods. These include fridged drinks, tea-towels, New Zealand sports memorabilia, Raro, L&P, Griffins and souvenirs such as stuffed toys, ornaments, including kiwi bird ornaments that looked tasteful and artistic.

I realise a lot of Australian consumers have heard of these brands, but compared to an Australian supermarket, they have more complete ranges of each known manufacturer. For example, with Bluebird snacks, there is more flavours than what I see on offer at an Australian supermarket. It's a similar story for other brands - there's more depth to the product range for each brand.

Kiwi Shop Parkwood Southport New Zealand grocers and souvenirs
Soft drinks and juices.

The shop's staff were really impressed with my enthusiasm about their store. I talked to them and asked them about getting some photos to show people in Brisbane.

Silver Fern Kiwi Shop Parkwood Southport New Zealand grocers and souvenirs
Silver and Green Fern Ornaments.

The store's range had a lot more depth to their grocery selection than many foreign foods aisles in supermarkets, so it's worth a visit. New Zealand groceries are different enough to Australian groceries so it's nice that they have that expanded selection for the many New Zealand grocery customers in Australia - or specifically here in South-east Queensland.

new zealand souvenirs soft toys kiwi shop parkwood
Soft toys make great souvenirs.

Apart from groceries, everything kiwi is adorned here, with stuffed toys, ornaments, fancy plates ... there was a lot to this place. I couldn't be more sincere when saying it's got the best range I've ever seen in South-East Queensland.

Store is in a arcade/hallway at a small shopping centre.
Store is in an arcade/hallway at a small shopping centre.

The L&P white chocolate was the taste sensation of the day, I didn't mind L&P as pineapple lumps but the white chocolate hinted version was incredibly moreish - for $5.95 AUD for twelve individual wrapped pieces. Leads me to ask how can L&P flavour food so well? Well, in the case of white chocolate, it was a delicious combination - it's even a bit fizzy tasting, quite tricky work by Whittakers, who make the chocolate. But trust me to pick up what seemed like the only product, not Kiwi, that is, an aloe-vera drink from Korea. Still delicious, but it's safe to say they have mainly New Zealand products on offer.

Kiwi Shop Parkwood Southport New Zealand grocers and souvenirs
My shopping: L&P flavoured white chocolate is a taste sensation.

So do come down to the Kiwi Shop in either Eagleby or Parkwood to try a series of taste sensations, try a bit of New Zealand grocery in a Queensland setting, and check out some tasteful souvenirs. It's worth it for your own personal connection or for a novelty - especially with plane travel to New Zealand so hard to achieve/plan for at the moment.

Photos courtesy of author Wednesday 10-03-2021.
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Why? Shop for New Zealand groceries and souvenirs and memorabilia.
When: All year round.
Phone: (07) 5574 4401 for Parkwood.
Where: Two locations: one in Parkwood (300 Olsen Avenue) and one in Eagleby (Shop 9, 116-120 River Hills Rd)
Cost: L & P White chocolate was AUD $5.95.
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