South Island shopping

Top Choice Shopping Centre in Christchurch


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 have been beautifully restored, and are crammed with all manne…
Top Choice Photography in Queenstown

Romer Gallery

Stunning gallery of large-format, perspex-finished NZ landscapes from renowned Queenstown-based photographer Stephan Romer. Images are up to $15,000 a pop, but they display a rare beauty.
Arts & Crafts in Queenstown


Arguably Queenstown's most interesting store, inside inarguably the town's oldest building. Vesta sells a collection of prints, glassware, jewellery and homewares as fascinating as the original wallpaper and the flo…
Art in Queenstown

Artbay Gallery

Occupying an attractive 1863-built Freemason's Hall on the lakefront, Artbay is always an interesting place to peruse, even if you don't have $10,000 to drop on a painting. It showcases the work of contemporary NZ a…
Food in Blackball

Blackball Salami Co

Take time to sample Blackball's namesake salami, beloved up and down the West Coast. The garlic and peppercorn varieties have a kick, the venison version is rich and distinctive, but we like the fattier 'Italian-sty…
Arts & Crafts in Takaka

Paper Scissors Rock

There's no shortage of arty and crafty action along Takaka's main street, but Paper Scissors Rock stands out from the more ethnic and hippie-influenced offerings of most of the shops. Five local artists take turns t…
Mall in Christchurch

New Regent St

This pretty little stretch of pastel Spanish Mission–style shops was described as NZ's most beautiful street when it was completed in 1932. Fully restored post-earthquake, it's once again a delightful place to strol…
Arts & Crafts in Greymouth

Nimmo Gallery & Store

Ostensibly the gallery of local landscape photographer Stewart Nimmo, this friendly space overflows with cracking souvenirs (with more handicrafts and clothing sold in the courtyard out back). Honeyed beauty product…
Antiques in Murchison & Buller Gorge

Dust & Rust

Rummage an ever-changing array of vintage cars, foreign number-plates, hubcaps, 1970s kitchenware and vintage clothing at this impressive archive of curios. They're all originals – dust and rust comes included in th…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Glenorchy

Made in Glenorchy

A wee little tin shed that's a cut above a standard souvenir store, Made in Glenorchy sells Glenorchy-specific T-shirts designed and printed on-site as well as local scenes set in laminated glass, from coasters to w…