Waitomo Caves

*Cave entrance, en:Waitomo District (6 February 2005), The North Island, New Zealand. *Photograph by James Shook.

Next on my whirlwind “trip” around the North Island of New Zealand is Waitomo Caves.

Discover a place where time and space stand still.

A true measure and timeless secret of Aotearoa, 30 million years in the making.

Here in the heart of New Zealand, moments of real magic, wonder and adventure exist both above and below ground.

Here you can marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glow-worm Grotto. Experience the serene ambience as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights. The glow-worm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves an absolutely awesome place to visit. Here we can see thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world.

They remind me of stars twinkling in the blackest of night skies and this is the best way to describe them – just like our

Paua Star Stud Earrings - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Star Stud Earrings

Like the twinkling stars of the night sky these wee star stud earrings are sure to sparkle and shimmer when worn. A treasure to behold.

Māori and the sea

Maori Mural

Not surprisingly, given that New Zealand is surrounded by sea, our native New Zealand people Māori have a strong affinity with the ocean.

Oral storytelling is a vital element in Māori culture, and the story of demi-god Māui fishing Aotearoa from the sea has been passed down through the generations. The North Island (Te Ika a Māui) was the fish Māui caught and became home to Māui, his family and all Māori. The South Island became the waka (canoe) of Māui through the legend and is known as Te Waka a Māui (the canoe of Māui). Stewart Island, located to the south of the South Island is known as Te Punga a Māui (Māui’s anchor). The tangata whenua (people of the land) of New Zealand have always been great fishers and have special provision to fish under customary fishing regulations. Kaimoana (seafood) caught under the customary fishing regulations cannot be traded or sold.

We have several pieces of unique fine New Zealand Jewellery which honour this connection with our heritage and our oceans but my personal favourite is the W47 Hei Matau Koru

Pounamu Greenstone Pendant

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Our stylised genuine New Zealand Greenstone pendant pays homage to this strong relationship as well as having the distinctive Koru shape which symbolises new beginnings and growth.
This unique and beautiful piece of genuine New Zealand Greenstone or Pounamu as the Māori have named it, has been hand carved and then polished to a high shine finish and would most definitely be a prized treasure for anyone who may receive it.

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Proud to New Zealand made

To me one of the most special and unique aspects of working for Ariki New Zealand Limited is the knowledge that we are New Zealand made – this is our, in my opinion, point of difference to all other Paua Shell Jewellery brands on the market.

All Ariki New Zealand jewellery is hand crafted with precision and quality at our factory based in Blenheim in the heart of the Marlborough region in the South Island of New Zealand.

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A Scottie Dog and a Teddy Bear – Charms – Vicky’s Blog

As I mentioned in my last blog – we have just recently launched a range of charm bracelets and of course the unique thing about charm bracelets is that you can add your choice of special unique pieces to the bracelet, with that in mind we have also created a range of clip on charms to add to your collection.
These sweet charms are easy to attach and take off your bracelet as they come complete with a “lobster claw” clasp

When I was small my family often played Monopoly and I always choose the Scottie dog as my (hopefully) winning game piece!
Often owned by celebrities, the 32nd president of the USA was Franklin D Roosevelt who had Fala and Meggie. Other USA presidents to have Scotties were Dwight Eisenhower with Telek and George w Bush with Barney and Miss Beazley. I hadn’t realised that David Bowie also had a Scottie.
Our cute wee Scottie Dog Charm is actually modelled on these steadfastly loyal dogs which the “Mother” and “Father” of our Ariki family have owned over the years and they have shared with me a few interesting tit bits of information about them.
Their dogs were all very lovable creatures and were good with small children. They had an Annie, 2 x Haggis, Maggie, Andy, Jeannie (mean Jean the pirate queen!), and James’ Macbeth who was one of Jeannie and Andy’s pups.
With the exception of the first Haggis all lived to 12 to 15 years.
They found them to be very loyal with the females always being the boss even though they were physically smaller than the males.
Thanks to those incredibly short legs, the Scottie is not going to train for a marathon with you — heck, they won’t even go jogging with you — and unfortunately they are not always the best of walking companions as they wanted to sniff around every lamppost which was a pain if one was in any sort of hurry.
Scotties need to be regularly clipped as they can look quite shaggy at times and it is really necessary to do so in summer as their thick black coat does not agree with the heat. “Mum and Dad” owned Scotties for a total of 32 years.
So what a better way to acknowledge this very special breed of dog than to have your very own Scottie Dog charm on your own bracelet.

Since this little chap first appeared in the beginning of the twentieth century, when it was originally named after former United States President Theodore Roosevelt, who was commonly known as “Teddy” (though he loathed being referred to as such) people have cuddled it for comfort, kept it with them for luck and I am sure used it as a confidant and a friend.
To most children, a teddy bear represents love and security, especially when Mummy and or Daddy tuck them in, kiss them goodnight, and they are alone in their bed.
Teddy bears make us feel warm and loved and always evoke fond memories of childhood – we can’t help but love them even as we ourselves get older. I would have to say a teddy bear represents love and security for everyone, young, or old
Our wee Teddy bear charm with his round belly adorned with Paua Shell will make an adorable addition to your charm bracelet and is sure to remind you of all of these valuable virtues.

Scottie Dig Charm
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Charm Bracelets – New range (Vicky’s Blog


Created from either 22 carat gold plated or palladium chain links our charm bracelets are a perfect way to build a collection of special pieces and memories to take with you wherever you go.

We have produced a range of four charm bracelets to start your collection and each bracelet comes complete with one gorgeous Paua Shell charm already attached.


The eternal symbol of love – The beautiful Paua Shell heart on our elegant timeless piece of jewellery symbolises the love of many things – including those for whom we may purchase it.

New Zealand Paua is considered the rarest and most beautiful in the world and is loved and treasured by all that may wear it.


Sea turtles have roamed the Earth’s oceans for the last 100 million years. But sea turtle populations are now on the decline.

We have produced an elegant piece of jewellery to immortalise these precious creatures of the sea. I was blessed enough to see one of these majestic creatures myself recently when I snorkelled in the crystal clear waters of New Caledonia and they certainly are a sight to behold.


The Kiwi is a native flightless bird unique to New Zealand – just as unique as our beautiful Paua.

It is widely known as an iconic symbol of our country as well as being the colloquial name fondly given to all New Zealanders.  Our cute wee Kiwi jewellery piece symbolises our national pride and is truly treasured by all that wear it.

What a perfect way to honour this pride and memories of our beautiful country by wearing the cute wee Kiwi Charm on your bracelet.


The kangaroo is a marsupial with large, powerful hind legs, large feet adapted for leaping, a long muscular tail for balance, and a small head.

These animals native to Australia, are the unofficial symbol for the country.

Charm Bracelets

Our beautiful piece of jewellery may be worn with pride by both Australians and those who have visited this beautiful country and seen this majestic animal for themselves.