Must see shopping in New Zealand

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    Real Groovy

    Masses of new, secondhand and rare releases in vinyl and CD format, as well as concert tickets, giant posters, DVDs, books, magazines and clothes.

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    Tannery

    In a city mourning the loss of its heritage, this post-earthquake conversion of a 19th-century tannery couldn't be more welcome. The Victorian buildings…

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    Toi Hauāuru Studio

    Run by local artist Simon Te Wheoro, this excellent gallery/shop is located 2km from Raglan on the road from Hamilton. Contemporary artwork and sculpture…

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    Waewae Pounamu

    Linked to Ngāti Waewae, a local hapū (subtribe) of the broader Ngāi Tahu tribe, this stronghold of pounamu carving displays traditional and contemporary…

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    ArohArt

    Apparel, jewellery, homewares, prints and carving all come with a Māori design influence at this Māori-owned store. Most of the work is by Māori artists…

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    Kina

    Fabulous Kiwi crafts, jewellery, and bath and beauty products in a lovely shopfront on the main drag. Art and design gallery exhibitions happen with…

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    St Kevin's Arcade

    Built in 1924, this historic, renovated shopping arcade has interesting stores selling vintage clothing and organic and sustainable goods. The arcade also…

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    Unity Books

    Sets the standard for every bookshop in the land, with dedicated NZ tables piled high, plus regular book launches, author readings and literary events. We…

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    Bounty Store

    Excellent arts-and-crafts shop with loads of local products and a quirky selection of Kiwiana works. Highly recommended for distinctive souvenirs and…

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    Vinyl Destination

    Vinyl Destination is far more than a record store – it’s music incorporated, with a bar, beer garden, live-music venue and even a radio station (105.4FM)…

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    Herb Farm

    Demand for Lynn Kirkland's homemade natural remedies led to the Herb Farm opening in 1993. Her daughter joined the business, and together they sell…

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    Slow Boat Records

    Country, folk, pop, indie, metal, blues, soul, rock, Hawaiian nose-flute music – it's all here at Slow Boat, Wellington's long-running music shop and Cuba…

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    Royal Jewellery Studio

    Work by local artisans, including beautiful Māori designs and authentic pounamu (greenstone) jewellery.

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    Unity Books

    The inner-city's best independent bookshop with a fine selection of NZ tomes.

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    Garth Wilson Jade

    Whakapapa (genealogy) links to two West Coast hapū (subtribes) give Garth the right to collect pounamu all along the coast, which he then carves in his…

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    Wood2Water

    This eclectic arts and craft store stocks souvenirs and gifts from tea towels to jewellery, framed prints and handcrafted wooden products. Most are local…

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    Vesta

    Arguably Queenstown's most interesting store, inside inarguably the town's oldest building; Vesta sells a collection of prints, jewellery and homeware as…

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    Flying Fish

    Stylish gifts from NZ from jewellery to merino products and homewares, all quirky, all uniquely Kiwi.

  • Women’s Bookshop

    Excellent independent bookshop with a great selection of NZ authors and NZ-themed books.