Browse the racks of New Zealand’s top fashion houses, hunt for high-end homewares or pick up gourmet goodies from local producers in the City of Sails. From farmers markets to designer shopping districts, these are the best places to go shopping in Auckland city.
Known for its diverse, eclectic culture, Karangahape Road is the best shopping spot for bargain hunters, vintage lovers or those who like a little bit of quirk. Stop into St Kevin's Arcade, Search & Destroy, Metro Retro and Paper Bag Princess for thrift store finds, a kitsch accessory or a piece of clothing by local indie designers that is truly one of a kind.
Avondale Sunday Markets – 2 Ash Street, Avondale
They say 'West is best' and 15,000 to 20,000 weekly visitors can't be wrong. Avondale Sunday Markets is open from 5am to 12pm every Sunday and is well worth the trip out to the burbs. It has been running since the 1970s and has a great multicultural feel, with a strong Polynesian and Asian influence. Get here early and grab a bargain on arts and crafts, vintage clothing, antiques, bric-a-brac and fresh produce direct from the growers. Avondale Sunday Markets is extremely busy so parking can be a challenge and most stalls don’t take cards, so don’t forget to bring cash.
Ponsonby is Auckland’s hippest neighbourhood and the best place to splash some cash on high-end homewares and unique pieces from New Zealand’s top fashion designers. Grab a flat white to-go and head along the main strip to Karen Walker, Juliette Hogan, World, Zambesi and Working Style for all the best fashion finds.
Don’t leave town without a Deadly Ponies handbag, a set of Lonely lingerie or an iconic pair of Karen Walker sunnies to commemorate your trip in the most stylish way possible! If you’re looking to update your home decor, stop in at The Foxes Den, Republic Home or Shut the Front Door.
Travel secret: Ponsonby is not the place to go bargain hunting, but Flying Fish studio (on the main road between Prego and KFC) plays host to most of the city’s designer samples sales, so keep an eye out when you’re in the area and you might strike it lucky.
La Cigale French Market – 69 St Georges Bay Road, Auckland
There are few things worth waking up for on a Sunday morning but La Cigale French Market is definitely one of them. Open from 8am to 1.30pm on Saturday and 9am to 1.30pm on Sunday, this beautiful Parnell market is the place to go for fresh produce and specialty artisan foods. Get a Nutella crepe or a warm pastry for breakfast and peruse the French wines, handmade dips, cheeses and breads. Stop in on the way to the beach and pick up a picnic lunch or grab a bottle of Bordeaux to have with dinner.
Queen Street to Britomart
Queen Street is the place to go for affordable high street fashion, designer kicks and on-trend accessories that won’t break the bank. Grab an end-of-season bargain at Portmans, Typo, Cotton On, Max, Hallensteins or Glassons – the wardrobe staple of every New Zealand girl. Wander down the main street to Britomart shopping precinct for the best local labels and streetwear brands including Coop, Huffer, Stolen Girlfriends and Kate Sylvester.
Victoria Park Market – 210 Victoria Street West, Auckland
Within walking distance of the city centre, Victoria Park Market is the perfect place to pick up a memento of your trip to Auckland or a gift for friends back home. Each weekend the old brickwork buildings come alive with over 80 stalls selling jewellery, prints, ceramics, arts, designer clothing and tasty street food. The market has a real New Zealand focus, with numerous local artists, foodies and designers in residence. Best of all, Victoria Park Market is open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, so you can still enjoy a sleep in.
After a big day of shopping, what better place to rest your feet (and your head) than at Rendezvous Hotel Auckland, located in the heart of the city, close to all the best shopping hot spots.