Lives in Queenstown, New Zealand
Since Feb 2015
35-49 year old female
I am an Australian/ Canadian/ New Zealander who has spent equal time in each country (and has a crazy accent as a result). My professional background was in PR...but that is going back a few years now! My passions? Really good food, books, art, hiking, foreign films & anything French (the more I can combine of these at once the better). I moved from Sydney Australia to marry a Kiwi and live amongst the mountains in Queenstown, New Zealand on the proviso that we would take frequent 'city fix' trips. It's an idyllic life in this beautiful resort town- I'm not complaining- but I am a city girl at heart. 14 years on, three daughters later, we are fortunate enough to be able to make regular visits to Auckland. Whether it's for work, dining, shopping, sporting events, shows, family catch-ups, taking romantic couple time out from the kids, or an escape with my girlfriends, I seem to find myself in this sparkling city all the time and know it intimately.
Historic Sites, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Gift & Speciality Shops
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Flea & Street Markets
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Parnell is a beautiful tree-lined area where upmarket clothing boutiques, antiques, jewelry stores, and art galleries sit side by side with equally desirable cafes, restaurants, and bars. It's simple to navigate as it's all to be found along the main street. Parnell Rise is a neighborhood within a neighborhood, but is mostly full of expensive furniture design shops.
Funky, arty, and right on-trend is the best way to describe this precinct. I always start at Ponsonby Central, a great shopping experience all under one roof, and essential refueling in one of the coolest eating zones. Next I'll walk up one side of the main street and then down the other side of the road to get my fix of unique boutiques, gifts, homeware, and curios.
For a small, narrow lane, this spot is brimming with cool. Use this as your thoroughfare to go between the Queen Street stretch of shops and the must-see High Street/ Chancery precinct. The lane is filled mostly with cafes and a few interesting shops, but it really is all about the two streets that run parallel at either end of it. I use Vulcan Lane as a pit stop for refueling before venturing out for more shopping.
There are a few parts to Newmarket that would be easy to miss if you didn't know about them. The main stretch of road known as 'Broadway' has the big chain brands, but the back streets are far more interesting. Find Nuffield Street for top-end NZ clothing designers like Karen Walke — two blocks long and full of chic. Also look for the Morrow Street Sector, which begins at Westfield 277 on the corner of Morrow and Broadway. Get lost and found in 'The Lanes,' which are the back streets behind Broadway with Teed Street as the boundary.
This historical building houses New Zealand's most beloved — and first — department store. You'll find a well-curated bit of everything and only the best children's clothing brands on offer here.
This is the heart of the city so expect all the usual large chain shops mixed with cafes and boutiques down its side arcades. This is the place to search for New Zealand souvenirs, from greenstone carved jewelry to the NZ All Black rugby accessories. Smith & Caughey marks the unofficial top of Queen Street and the Viaduct ferry terminal building is where Queen Street finishes.
You'll find plenty of provisions and stalls overflowing with fresh produce and artisan products at this farmers' market. Go for the cheeses and the Ginger Beer stall!
K Road is alternative, colorful, and anything but dull. Diversity is key and vintage shops, books, music, avant-garde art galleries, nightlife, and designers make this a unique shopping destination downtown.
The Britomart area is a great shopping precinct in the city. Upmarket boutiques align with trendy night spots, cafes, and beauty bars. I suggest you step into Mexico Britomat restaurant for a meal or try the box-sized bar attached to rest your weary shopping self, and re-charge with a zingy array of culinary treats.
The dessert mecca of Auckland, words can't describe how incredible this place is! Tucked in the back of The Pavilions in the Britomart Precinct you can indulge in just a few small morsels or opt for the Decadent Degustation to celebrate your shopping purchases.