Shopping in Auckland (city)

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Auckland is often called the Fashion Capital of New Zealand and the best in style can be found here everyday of the week. There are many shops where you can pick up local and international designer fashions. 

Newmarket

Newmarket is the Rodeo Drive of Auckland. There are over 40 designer stores including those designers from New Zealand and international designers. This is the place to come for shoes as well as it has the largest concentration of shoe stores in the country. Not only can you find fashion but also high end housewares and gifts. Public transport services the area and if you drive yourself there are several parking decks with the price of about $5.00 to park. 

Wellington

Wellington has some designer stores, gift and music shops where you can while away a few hours shopping. The main shopping are is called the Golden Mile and consists of department stores, and some small malls. 

Christchurch

Christchurch has some interesting shops along High Street to Poplar that are distinctly cultural. High end shops can be found at Cathedral Square and smaller stores around Manchester Streets with furniture stores abounding at McKenzie and Willis. Local art can be found at Brooke Gifford Gallery in the area and Alice In Videoland caters to those who love movies while books can be found at Smith Bookstore. On Cathedral Square there is the Arts Center which once was the site of University of Canterbury. Every weekend from 10 am to 4:00 pm there is a street market with 80 stalls displaying local crafts. Purchase soaps, jewelry, Maori art, and other crafts for very good prices. 

Cuba Mall

Cuba Mall, on Cuba Street, has boutiques, second hand stores, and other interesting shops. The arcade itself is fun to explore. 

Queen Street

Queen Street, from Karangahape to Customs street, has many chain stores that are recognizable around the world. These include Borders and Whitcoulls. Ponsonby Road sports men’s and women’s boutiques along with cafes and an interesting vegetable and fruit market called Bhana Bros. Fruiterers and Superior Meat Market that has been there for years. Mini Cooper sells shoes and handbags and there are other fashion designer shops. Parking is free along this street. Link Drive boasts a large conglomeration of housewares and electronic stores along with furniture stores. 

There are a few malls in Auckland filled with chain stores and all owned by a chain themselves called the Westfield Group. They are somewhat the same so if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. It is better to go out on the streets and into the unique shops of Auckland.
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