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Best shopping spots in New Zealand

March 7, 2018, Claire Fraser Blog

Whether you’re after a souvenir from your travels, a gift for family back home, or just like to shop ‘til you drop, you’ll find New Zealand has a lot to offer. Here are some of our favourite hot spots in New Zealand’s biggest shopping cities.


  • Queen Street
    Enjoy the finer things? You’ll love Queen Street. This famous inner-city street is lined with luxury stores including Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton, as well as Smith & Caughey’s, a much-loved department store. There are also plenty of souvenir shops, and for fashionistas, High Street and Chancery Street offer boutique and vintage shopping just off Queen Street.
  • Britomart
    Just down from Queen Street towards the harbour is Britomart, where you’ll find amazing eateries, cool bars, and some of New Zealand’s most renowned designer brands, including Huffer, Zambesi, Kathryn Wilson and Karen Walker.
  • Parnell
    Parnell is a popular and vibrant fringe suburb, where beautiful heritage buildings house charming boutiques and quality jewellery stores. You’ll also find great local galleries, delis and gift stores.
  • Ponsonby
    Cutting-edge fashion, chic homewares, unique jewellery, quirky gifts – Ponsonby has it all, plus an array of superb restaurants, bars and cafes to refuel after a spree.
    It’s known as one of Auckland’s hippest strips, and is undeniably one of the busiest and best spots to visit in the city.


  • Cuba Street
    Cuba Street is Wellington’s creative soul. With a mix of high fashion, designer and eclectic vintage stores framing the edges, and quirky sculptures, including the famous bucket fountain intersecting the largely pedestrian only street, it’s both a shopping mecca and a destination in its own right.
  • Wakefield, Willis, Victoria and Featherstone Streets
    The awesome foursome for shopping, it’s easy to walk these streets and find a whole new wardrobe. And when you’re done shopping, you can explore St Mary of the Angles, a beautiful gothic church nearby, peruse the City Gallery or take a stroll along the wharf.
  • Lambton Quay
    At one end of this shopping strip is the Old Bank Arcade, a historic former bank teeming with speciality shops, and at the other David Jones, a popular department store. Between them lie popular high street fashion labels, and the Wellington Cable car, the country’s only running cable car.


  • City Mall
    Christchurch’s continued regeneration has seen the shopping opportunities skyrocket in the central city. This pedestrian mall has a lot to offer, with popular international and New Zealand fashion houses, as well as Ballantynes, a department store which has become somewhat of an institution in the South Island city. Nearby, The Crossing retail precinct is home to big brands including H&M, Witchery and Seed Heritage.
  • The Tannery
    Style meets history at this premium shopping destination. The former Woolston Tanneries were beautifully restored and transformed after the Christchurch earthquakes, and are now the go-to for boutiques. Find vintage clothing, quality antiques and designer homeware and fashion.

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