New Zealand’s päua, (known as abalone in other countries), are all unique species of abalone found only in New Zealand, and are distinguished by their brilliantly coloured shells. Päua have an oval shaped shell, inside which is a large muscular foot which clings to rocks.
New Zealand’s three native species of päua are distinctive because of their amazing multi-coloured shells. Päua are caught when fishers free dive (diving without the use of breathing apparatus) and use blunt instruments to prise the shellfish from the rock.Their appearance on the inside is like this. However, the outside looks very much like a rough beach stone and needs extensive polishing to make it look like this.