Top ChoiceShopping Centre in Christchurch

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 have been beautifully restored, and are crammed with all...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Hokitika

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 designs in its main-road gallery-boutique. Watch the...

Arts & Crafts in Greymouth

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 home studio near Shantytown. Call in to watch him at work...

Arts & Crafts in Queenstown

Vesta

Arguably Queenstown's most interesting store, inside inarguably the town's oldest building; Vesta sells a collection of prints, jewellery and homeware as fascinating as the original wallpaper and warped-by-time...

Jewellery in Nelson

Jens Hansen

Catapulted to fame after designing the One Ring for the Lord of the Rings movies, this contemporary jeweller now does a brisk trade in Elvish-inscribed engagement rings for those unfazed by the prospect of their...

Art in Queenstown

Ivan Clarke Gallery

Be prepared for industrial-strength levels of whimsy in this gallery devoted to the work of pooch-loving local artist, Ivan Clarke. Hanging alongside his large-scale landscapes is his Lonely Dog series (dogs...

Drinks in Takaka

Dancing Sands Distillery

Here's a surprise – an award-winning distillery tucked down a laneway off Takaka's main street. Its gin and vodka is crafted from water from the same aquifer that feeds the pristine waters of the nearby Te...

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...

Food in Blackball

Blackball Salami Company Ltd

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...

Fashion & Accessories in Dunedin

Guild

This cooperative of Dunedin designers sells high-end fashion, jewellery and homewares made by its 12 members and special guests. You'll find bright and beautiful fabrics, artful clothing cuts and very wearable...

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...

Gifts & Souvenirs in Oturehua

Gilchrist Store

New Zealand's oldest continually operating store (1899) features floor-to-ceiling wooden shelves stocked with old boxes of soap powder, rolling tobacco and laxative tablets, and rusty shaving kits mingling with...

Antiques in Murchison & Buller Gorge

Dust & Rust

Rummage through an ever-changing array of vintage cars, foreign number-plates, hubcaps, 1970s kitchenware and vintage clothing at this impressive archive of curios housed in the historic Commercial Stables...

Arts & Crafts in Greymouth

Nimmo Gallery & Store

Ostensibly the gallery of local landscape photographer Stewart Nimmo, this stylish space overflows with cracking souvenirs (with more handicrafts and clothing sold in the courtyard out back). Honeyed beauty...

Sports & Outdoors in Te Anau

Bev’s Tramping Gear Hire

Bev hires everything you need to undertake a Great Walk, including warm clothing, quality sleeping bags, packs, cooking gear and other bits and pieces. The Great Walks special ($160) includes all these things....

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...

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...

Books in Christchurch

Scorpio Books

A well-established Christchurch independent bookstore, Scorpio Books relocated post-earthquake to this modern central city location after several years in Riccarton. There's in-store seating and relaxed browsing...

Homewares in Ruby Coast & Moutere Hills

Old Post Office

An endearing blend of microdeli and cafe (stocking scrumptious local jam), with a gallery and gift shop on the side. Cute cards and compact souvenirs are all go, and wines from the tiny 3-hectare Harakeke Farm...

Arts & Crafts in Hokitika

Wilderness Gallery

Juergen Schacke's large-scale nature photography takes centre stage at this gallery/gift shop, which also sells an excellent range of NZ-made craft: woodwork, pottery and carved pounamu, in particular.