From international to Kiwi fashion, souvenirs to collectables, find all the wares and trinkets that you desire.
Shopping malls can be found in larger centres, and the ‘high street’ continues to thrive throughout New Zealand with many independent boutiques and cafés to enjoy along the way.
In central Auckland, you’ll find design stores and galleries in the heritage buildings near the waterfront, including popular duty-free designer haunt T Galleria by DFS with exclusive brands like Burberry, Bvlgari and Kate Spade, clothing by top New Zealand designers and boutiques and second-hand stores in trendy suburbs like Ponsonby. DressSmart Outlet Shopping Centres offer designer brands at discount prices. Home to 100 stores, including Esprit, Barkers Menswear, Adidas, Puma, Levis, Timberland, New Balance, Bendon Lingerie, Merrell and more. Centrally located in Auckland and Christchurch with the Auckland store offering a free shuttle bus Monday-Friday. New Zealand has very talented jewellers, and the scenery to match if you’re planning a romantic overseas proposal!
Parnell is a well-known shopping destination, dotted with cute stores and art galleries. Relax after roaming the streets at the Chocolate Boutique Café with a decadent hot chocolate. You can’t go wrong with bringing home manuka honey products, which New Zealand is renowned for – look for quality brands like PURITI and Wild Ferns, available nationwide.
All Blacks Store, Auckland Airport.
Auckland airport is a great place for shopping on departure with international brands like M.A.C, KIEHLS, VICTORIA’s SECRETS and EYE LOVE. Aelia duty free have opened their new store with high end indulgences through to affordable favourites; it’s a great place to pick up gifts or a treat for yourself before you head home.
In Downtown Wellington, the Lambton Quarter is where chain stores rub shoulders with unique independent labels; Willis Quarter is a mix of lifestyle shops, and several local designers have their flagship stores here. In the funky Cuba Quarter explore James Smith’s Market or head to Courtenay Quarter for a 24/7 experience. Souvenir Factory Shop in Miramar has just about any New Zealand specialty item you could ever want.
Christchurch has a number of malls and outlet stores. There’s also the weekend Boulevard Artisans’ market held opposite the Arts Centre, as well as the popular Christchurch and Lyttelton Farmers’ Markets held on Saturdays.
Hit Dunedin for a student atmosphere, with bookstores and high fashion side by side. The city is often heralded as an innovative design centre, as Otago fashion students emerge at the annual iD Fashion Week.
ART, CRAFTS & COLLECTABLES##
Fine quality handmade art, crafts and souvenirs are sold in galleries nationwide. Every area has talented artists and craftspeople, and you are often able to visit them in their home studios and watch them at work. Nelson, which is known as the arts capital of New Zealand, has a large concentration of artists, many of whom sell their wares at the busy Saturday morning market.
The small towns of Cambridge and Tirau on State Highway 1 south of Hamilton are known for unique crafts and antiques. Decorative tapa (bark) cloths from the Pacific Islands can be found at Auckland markets, and a few specialist shops like Pauanesia in High St sell quirky Pacificana. General Collective Markets celebrate local makers at locations around Auckland, with over 380 stalls at their largest events, for more information visit www.generalcollective.co.nz.
New Zealand’s online marketplace is TradeMe, where users can trade anything from cars and houses, to knick-knacks, souvenirs and artwork. Job listings, houses for rent and flatshares are also covered, whilst TradeMe spin-off FindSomeone can even help you find a date! Register for a free account, then start shopping at www.trademe.co.nz
Following the global trend, New Zealand has a vast array of websites offering one day deals which often include eating out, entertainment, accommodation, and fun activities. Register at www.grabone.co.nz, www.groupon.co.nz, and www.treatme.co.nz.
Header Image: Vulcan Lane, Auckland