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Shopping in New Zealand


New Zealand offers some great shopping opportunities and Maori arts and crafts are popular souvenirs. There is some beautifully designed jewellery, textiles and clothing for sale, which make great gifts and purchases. The shellfish found along the New Zealand coast are called paua and make for great jewellery and decorative items. There are also plenty of excellent sheepskin products for sale, including rugs, shoes, bags and jackets. Unique New Zealand products have a ‘Made in New Zealand’ seal and really help the local economy. Bargaining is not typical in shops.

Most shops in Wellington are open from 9:30 am to 6 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, usually remaining open until around 9 pm on both Thursday and Friday. Sunday trading is extremely popular and now most shops in the city are open until around 4 pm to 5 pm every Sunday.


Shopping in Wellington has long been a major highlight for visitors to this area of New Zealand. With such a diverse range of retail centres, malls and well-designed pedestrianised districts, Wellington has an enormous variety of shops, regularly attracting thousands of visitors from around this area of New Zealand's North Island.

Wellington is home to one of the premier shopping areas on New Zealand's North Island. The main downtown district is known as the 'Golden Mile' and contains numerous arcades, malls, department stores and interesting speciality shops. The 'Golden Mile' region incorporates Lambton Quay, Willis Street, Victoria Street and Manners Street.

The main shopping centre in Wellington is Harbour City, situated on Lambton Quay. Containing many major retail areas, including the Capital on the Quay mall and the Old Bank Arcade, there are always a host of bargains for eager shoppers in the city. Nearby Cuba Street is also an important local retail hotspot, where you will find numerous gift and souvenir shops, fashion boutiques, antiques stores and trendy street cafés.

Smaller niche stores can be found on Tinakori Road. Millwood Gallery (291B Tinakori Road) specialises in original works of art based on Wellington and has a range of cards and gift wraps. Antiques fans will love Tinakori Antiques (291A Tinakori Road), which has two small stores crammed with collectibles, furniture and antique jewellery. Further along, Groom (306 Tinakori Street) will appeal to the men. This tiny little squeeze of a store is home to barber and stylist Johni Rutene, a former rugby player who has covered the walls in rugby paraphernalia. Complete with an old-fashioned barber chair, it is one of the few barbershops offering hot-towel cut throat shaves.


Auckland is home to one of New Zealand's premier shopping areas and has countless malls and exceptional facilities, both in and around the city centre. Shopping in Auckland is likely to be a real highlight for many holiday makers visiting the North Island.

The main retail areas in the city can be found around Albert Street, Anzac Street, Broadway, Chancery Lane, Customs Street, Elliot Street, High Street, Newmarket, Ponsonby, Queen Street, Victoria Street, Wynyard Street and Karangahope Road – a lso known as K' Road. Auckland features many international high-street names, huge department stores, independent shops and speciality outlets. Many of the biggest names in high-street New Zealand shopping, fashion and jewellery can be found in the city, which is well-known for its high concentration of designer fashion boutiques.

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