Auckland

Auckland's main shopping precincts for clothes and shoes are Queen Street, the Britomart precinct behind the train station and Newmarket; Queen Street is particularly good for outdoor gear, duty-free goods, greenstone jewelry, and souvenirs and big-name international brands. O'Connell and High streets also have a good smattering of designer boutiques, bookstores, and other specialty shops. Ponsonby is known for its design stores and fashion boutiques.

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  • 1. Fingers

    City Center

    This store showcases unique contemporary pieces by about 45 New Zealand artists who work with fine metals and stones to create beautiful jewelry. Many of the artists have works in the New Zealand National Collection, and customers who purchased items at an early stage of a maker's career are being rewarded with significant increases in value. Look out for works that combine precious metal with more mundane materials like rocks, seashells, or even plastic.

    2 Kitchener St., Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
    64-09-373–3974
  • 2. Pauanesia

    City Center

    The sign hanging above this gift shop sets the tone—the letters are shaped from paua shell, which resembles abalone. You'll find one-off bags, place mats, picture frames, cushions, jewelry, and many other handmade items.

    35 High St., Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
    09-366–7282
  • 3. Zambesi

    City Center

    Always among the top New Zealand designers, this fashion label run by an informed family team has always charted its own course. You'll find its garments for men and women are never dated and are worn by very influential people who want a look that is both strong and understated.

    56 Tyler St., Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
    64-09-303–1701
  • 4. Artspace

    City Center

    This independent contemporary gallery shows both international and local artists plus occasionally hosts talks and seminars. The most up to date list of events and shows is on the gallery's website.

    300 Karangahape Rd., Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
    64-09-303–4965
  • 5. Masterworks

    City Center

    This gallery exhibits and sells contemporary New Zealand art, glass, ceramics, and jewelry and is the place to go if you are looking for something different. Its location on Upper Queen Street is an easy walk from the center of town. Masterworks holds some 15 group and individual exhibitions a year, including student work, and will pack and ship any item purchased.

    71 Upper Queen St., Auckland, Auckland, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    09-373–5446

    Shop Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.
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  • 6. Otara Market

    Otara

    For many years people from all over Auckland have headed south on a Saturday morning looking for bargains to the sounds of hip-hop beats and island music. Vegetable stalls groan with produce such as taro, yams, and coconuts. More Asian food stalls are joining the traditional Polynesian tapa cloths, paua-shell jewelry, greenstone, and bone carvings, reflecting the city's increasingly multicultural profile, but sadly some junky stuff is creeping in. The market opens around 6, and stalls come down around midday. Exit the Southern Motorway at the East Tamaki off-ramp, turn left, and take the second left.

    Newbury St., Auckland, Auckland, 2023, New Zealand
  • 7. Smith and Caughey's Ltd.

    City Center

    This is a good place to see plenty of local and international brands under one roof, coupled with extremely good service and the largest cosmetics hall in the city.

    253–261 Queen St., Auckland, Auckland, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    09-377–4770
  • 8. Takapuna Market

    The Takapuna parking lot comes alive on Sunday mornings, with organic cheese, meat, vegetables, homemade jams, small goods, and a slew of sweet and savory items from boutique bakers on sale. There's also clothing from young designers.

    Corner Lake Rd. and Anzac St., Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand
    021-127--2529
  • 9. Unity Books

    City Center

    If you are after New Zealand--related books, travel, and fiction, this is the place for you. Smart staffers will help you find that special text.

    19 High St., Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
    09-307–0731
  • 10. West Coast Gallery Piha

    Piha

    It's well worth driving the winding road to this West Coast beach to see work by some 200 artists living in the region. There's everything from paintings, ceramics, sculpture, and jewelry to photography, glasswork, books, and CDs. Prices range from NZ$20 or NZ$30 to thousands of dollars. The gallery hosts regular events and occasional themed art projects that get locals involved.

    Seaview Rd., Auckland, Auckland, 0772, New Zealand
    64-09-8128 029

    Shop Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.--Wed.
  • 11. Green Coast

    Milford | Sporting Goods
    Closed Permanently

    The extensive range of outdoors gear at Green Coast on the North Shore is made especially for New Zealand conditions and the shop is run by extremely knowledgeable people.

    114 Kitchener Rd., Auckland, Auckland, 1025, New Zealand
    09-489–0242
  • 12. Kia Kaha

    Ponsonby
    Closed Permanently

    Kia Kaha, which means "Be Strong" in Māori, carries distinctive casual and sportswear with Māori designs. It makes exquisite men's shirts and has branched into particularly wearable dresses. The store also stocks the Cambo line of golf shirts, made by Kia Kaha; Michael Campbell was wearing one when he won the 2005 U.S. Open.

    1/100 Ponsonby Rd., Auckland, Auckland, 1011, New Zealand
    09-360–0260
  • 13. Legendary Hard to Find Quality Second-hand Books, Ltd.

    Onehunga | Books/Stationery
    Closed Permanently

    It's fun to browse here and a good place to find that book you've always wanted.

    171–173 The Mall, Auckland, Auckland, 1061, New Zealand
    09-634–4340
  • 14. Marvel Menswear

    Ponsonby
    Closed Permanently

    Marvel Menswear has an eclectic range, from clothing for men who want to look sharp without a collar and tie to clingy club gear. It also stocks the "Strangely Normal" label of retro shirts with a twist.

    143 Ponsonby Rd., Auckland, Auckland, 1011, New Zealand
    09-376–4204

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