If you want to make the most of New Zealand tour, then you can go on a shopping spree for souvenirs. One of the best destinations in the country for the same is Auckland, owing to its abundance of markets and malls. From luxury stores to flea markets, the city has them all to suffice your shopaholism. You don’t have to worry about the temperature being too hot or cold, as the weather of Auckland
remains pleasant year round. Below is the information on the major markets in the city and goods you can buy.
One of the hippest shopping districts in Auckland, Ponsonby is the place to buy the latest clothes and apparel. Global fashion brands like Kate Sylvester, Zambesi, Karen Walke, Andrea Moore, WORLD, Ruby, Staple & Cloth and Juliette Hogan have their stores here. Apart from these, the street is lined with boutiques that offer recent launches by local Kiwi fashion designers.
If you want to shop for varied things all at once, then you can hit Queen Street in the city’s heart. From the latest fashion and sports gear to books and electronics, you can shop for almost anything here. If you want to haggle, then this is the place to do so. While walking on the classical cobbled lanes of Queen Street, you can stop by a cafe or restaurant to recharge yourself.
High Street and Chancery are the best shopping places for clothes by famous local designers. Here too, you can stop by hip bars for refreshing cocktails and trendy cafes for fragrant brews.
Karangahape Road is yet another destination, where the people of Auckland
scout for trendy clothes. Whether it is elegant suits and dresses or casual or retro street wear, the stores here sell them all. You can come here to buy home furnishings, jewellery or second-hand stuff from boutiques.
The Victorian Experience
Auckland was mainly founded during the Victorian era, and several villages in and around the city carry this legacy forward while also serving as popular markets. One such market is located in the locality of Parnell, where you will find loads of boutique stores, depicting Victorian architecture, as well as art galleries. Here, you can purchase locally made handicrafts, home decorations and jewellery as well as a range of French cheeses and wines.
Devonport is another Victorian-era market to shop handicrafts, jewellery and toys along with gifts, books and antiques. The array of cafes here allows you to relax with a chocolate or ice cream while admiring views across the harbour.
Markets, known for street side stalls, are the best way to experience the city’s buzz and shop for local produce. Located to the north of Auckland, Matakana is renowned for its vineyards and cellars. You can come here on Saturday to visit the Farmer’s Village Market, where you can buy fruits, vegetables, breads, chocolates and meats. Live musicians make the atmosphere better with their relaxing tunes.
Takapuna Market can be thronged to buy plants and flowers for your vase apart from freshly plucked vegetables and fruits. Remember to drop by early in the morning to get the freshest produce and make the most of your bargaining skills.
From 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, the Wynyard Quarter in the heart of the city remains abuzz due to the presence of delis, grocers as well as fish markets. There is even a seafood school here, which hosts over 100 classes every year. Apart from buying the day’s catch, you can also attend the seafood auction to see local fishermen and buyers haggling over prices.
If you want to shop for artisan breads or cheeses, then Birkenhead Artisan Market is the place to be. Apart from these, you can also sip coffee or shop for confectionary chocolates, textiles and handicrafts. The market is held every month on the third Saturday.
Those, who love to stroll in malls, can head to Sylvia Park, among the biggest shopping centres in the city. The over 200 stores along with various entertainment and dining options will keep you occupied. If your sole purpose of visiting a mall is dining, then you can drop by Westfield Albany, which has a dedicated food precinct. To purchase apparel and clothes, you may head to Dress Smart, where branded items are sold at throwaway price.
Most Auckland packages
give you leisure time, which you can utilise to visit all these splurging destinations.