For traditional New Zealand souvenirs or gifts, Maori carvings in wood, bone
and pounamu (greenstone) are an excellent example. Jewelry and ornaments made
from the iridescent paua shell (abalone) are also a popular trinket. There are
also fine works of pottery with artisans working in stone, wood, glass and metals.
Wool is one of the country's greatest commodities and hand-knitted wool sweaters,
wall hangings, homespun yarns and top-quality sheepskins are also desirable.
Otara Market is the largest Maori and Polynesian market in the world. You'll
find island-style floral print fabrics, Maori carvings and all kinds of tropical
fruit and vegetables. It is located on Newbury St Auckland (09 274 0830),
High end shops
Britomart is filled
with stores of beautiful and exquisite things. Designer clothing is available
at MADE, Debut, Storeroom and Federation.
is a highlight of Auckland's central city fashion district. Chancery is a fascinating,
eclectic mix of world-leading fashion, beauty, cuisine, gift ware and vibrant
& Caughey's is one of New Zealand's oldest and best loved department stores,
offering a huge selection of the world's best brands. With international fashion
labels such as Max Mara, Missoni, Armani and Hugo Boss and beauty brands such
as Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel.
Workshop is a boutique
clothing store located on the corner of High Street and Vulcan Lane. Housing
international brands such as Miu Miu, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Vanessa
Bruno and See by Chloe with their own label Workshop and Helen Cherry, Workshop
is a one-stop.
Walker is a New Zealand-born fashion designer with a reputation for her
original, effortless and unpretentious style. In addition to her main womenswear
collections Karen also designs Karen Walker Jewelry and eyewear.
High Street, Queen Street, Ponsonby Road, and Karangahape Road are very popular
with urban socialites.
Newmarket and Parnell are up-market shopping areas
Otara's and Avondale's flea markets offer a colourful alternative shopping
Newer shopping malls tend to be outside city centres, with Sylvia Park (Sylvia
Park, Auckland City), Botany Town Centre (Howick, Manukau City) and Westfield
Albany (Albany, North Shore City) being the three largest.