Shopping in Auckland


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.

Chancery 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 cafes.

Smith & 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.

Karen 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.

Shopping areas

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 experience.

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.

Update 6/12/2009


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