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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

    Shop Details

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


    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 10. West Coast Gallery 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.

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