Wellington and the Wairarapa

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  • 1. Area 51

    Clothing

    Street-savvy clothing brands like Diesel fill the shelves, but the real reason to come in is to check out the popular, local Huffer label. ...Read More

  • 2. Arty Bee's Books

    Books/Stationery

    This friendly store sells secondhand books and sheet music. ...Read More

  • 3. Gordons

    Sporting Goods

    This spot sells camping and outdoor clothing as well as footwear. ...Read More

  • 4. Harbourside Market

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    On Sunday, between 7:30 am and 1 pm, folks flock to this outdoor food market on the waterfront. Organic produce, cheese, and fresh fish and...Read More

  • 5. Jane Daniels

    Clothing

    A comprehensive range of Jane Daniels's New Zealand ladies fashions are offered here, all locally manufactured. ...Read More

  • 6. Karen Walker

    Clothing

    The eponymous owner has made a name for herself overseas. This Wellington store carries her own designs and also stocks Escentric Molecules...Read More

  • 7. Kathmandu

    Sporting Goods

    Wellington is a fine place to stock up on camping supplies before hitting the great outdoors. Kathmandu carries its house brand of clothing...Read More

  • 8. Kura Aotearoa Art + Design

    Gifts/Souvenirs

    Part gallery, part gift store, this establishment has a strong Māori current running through the work. Some of the smaller, less-expensive items...Read More

  • 9. Old Bank Arcade

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    A couple of indoor malls are on upper Lambton Quay: Harbour City and Capital on the Quay have a decent range of jewelry, lingerie, housewares...Read More

  • 10. Outdoor Night Markets

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Two outdoor markets—one Friday night at Left Bank, Cuba Mall, and the other Saturday night on lower Cuba Street—lure crowds with a variety of...Read More

  • 11. Paua World

    Gifts/Souvenirs

    Just off the main highway in Carterton, Paua World is an interesting diversion. Akin to abalone, paua has been collected by the Māori since...Read More

  • 12. Porirua Market

    Porirua | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    For a look at the weekly market of a close-knit ethnic community, catch an early train or take a drive north of Wellington on State Highway...Read More

  • 13. Simply New Zealand

    Gifts/Souvenirs

    As its name suggests, this store focuses on New Zealand-made handcrafts, including ceramics, wooden items, jewelery, knitwear, and accessories....Read More

  • 14. Unity Books

    Books/Stationery

    Find a generous supply of New Zealand and Māori literature here. ...Read More

  • 15. Zambesi

    Clothing

    Well-established New Zealand designer Elisabeth Findlay of Zambesi whips up innovative but extremely wearable clothes. ...Read More

  • 16. Kirkcaldie & Stains

    Department Stores

    If you appreciate having the door opened by a top-hatted, liveried doorman as you enter a lovely early-19th-century facade, then you'll love...Read More

  • 17. Parson's Books & Music

    Books/Stationery

    This is not the largest bookstore in town, but it's one of the most intriguing—strong on New Zealand writing and travel, and featuring extensive...Read More

  • 18. Sommerfields

    Gifts/Souvenirs

    On Lambton Quay, the best bet for souvenirs is Sommerfields. Everything in the store—from jewelry to artwork, scarves, and soaps—has been made...Read More

  • 19. Unity collection

    Clothing

    This one-stop shop for local talent carries clothing from a clutch of New Zealand designers. ...Read More

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