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The Escape team rounds up some of its favourite places from 2010 on both sides of the Tasman.

Flying fish gift store, Paihia

While hubby was out catching some snapper for dinner, I did some fishing of a different kind.  This Paihia gift shop has a focus on great Kiwi-made gifts and in one visit, I did most of my Christmas shopping.  Given this was in November, I felt extra-smug come December.  Think jewellery, glassware, something for the kids. homeware, gadgets,and the best range of greeting cards I’ve seen.  Add the free postage around New Zealand when you buy online, plus the gorgeous, complimentary wrapping, and this is one of the best shopping experiences you can have-considering you’re buying for others.

Miriyana Alexander | Sunday Star Times

Hi Gillian
Just wanted to say THANK YOU for your brilliant service – phone contact, website and just everything was so friendly, easy to navigate and just superb. You are a pleasure to deal with – and yes, I’ve told all my friends! Thanks again, and I’ll see you soon.

Sandy NZ

A million thank you’s Patricia for your friendly helpful approach to sort such an amazing buy! You even went beyond to arrange an overnight ‘fragile’ delivery to ensure items arrived timely – in which they did. Packaging was just beautiful and I’m most happy! Thank you again and I will be back for more additions to our purchase. Will encourage many.

Leeann NZ

Tx Gillian
After my 8th purchase of these, hope this is the last but that's what I said last time. People see mine and want me to get them one too.

G ~ NZ

I absolutely adore this artwork and look forward to buying a lot more from flying fish store, love the easy set up with buying online. Thank you.

Kind Regards
Sarah, NZ

Thank you Gillian for the update. I am very excited to have the Koru arrive. Your service has been excellent.

Hedy, Canada

Hi Joanne
The 'C' you have in stock will be fine I'm happy with that. Thank you for letting me know. I'd like to say you have a beautiful shop. I've just returned to the Uk from NZ and loved your shop you have some fabulous pieces.

Kind regards
Angela, UK

Dear Gill
Thanks for your swift response. I appreciate your offer of a full refund and will do as you advise. Your customer service has been excellent.

Kind Regards,
Gaynor, UK

Received charms this morning.Thankyou so much for your prompt delivery. The charms look great.

Happy customer
Carrie, NZ

Hi Joanne,
I've received the item today. We love it! Thanks for your assistance and prompt shipment. Great doing business with you.

Mihai, USA

Hi Joanna
Earrings arrived and they are lovely.

Jennifer, NZ

Hi Joanne
Thank you so much for the update, I really appreciate this. Jessica loved the clock so much!

Rachel, NZ

All received and size now perfect!! Charm bracelet full and am showing it off to everyone! Thank you for all your help

Kind regards
Mhorag, NZ

Thanks for sending the charm. Perfect timing. Thanks for all your help.

Donna, USA

Dear Gillian,
Your package arrived this morning and the charms are wonderful! Thanks so much for all your help.

Sincerely, June. NZ

Hey Gillian
Thanks so much for the fast delivery, I have been hesitant in ordering the jandal bead incase I didn't like it, but am really impressed, I love it! Thank you so much, your beads are fantastic

One happy customer
Rose, NZ

Thank you so much! I loved your store when I was in Paihia! Thank you for noticing that it was a gift and sending me the receipt.

Thanks again! ~Sara, USA

Hey Gillian
Thanks so much for the fast delivery, I have been hesitant in ordering the jandal bead incase I didn't like it, but am really impressed, I love it! Thank you so much, your beads are fantastic

One happy customer
Rose, NZ

Hi Gillian,
Just to let you know that my friend received her beautiful bag and purse. She thinks that they are devine!! She commented on the beautiful gift wrapping as well!!! Thanks very much Gillian and I look forward to using your site again!Kind regards

Chrissy, Sydney

The plate arrived yesterday - all in one piece! We both love it and hope to get on the website and order some more plates.

Kind regards.
Penelope, USA

Good morning Gill and Joanne
Just to let you know that the mirrors arrived safely at the weekend.
As far as I can see the packing was excellent. Thank you for all your help - I am looking forward to putting them on the wall.

Kind regards
Lois, UK

Hi Gillian
Just to let you know, the baby kiwi has just arrived - it's absolutely gorgeous.

Thank you

I have just received the heart that Delwyn made for my girlfriends 50th - WOW!! I absolutely LOVE it and know that she will too!
Thankyou to Delwyn so much and to you too at Flying Fish for making it happen! I'm sure I will be ordering more in the future.

Thanks again,
Lorraine, AUS