From retro vintage pieces to New Zealand designer favourites to labels from the streets of New York, Auckland is known for its varied shopping offerings. A stroll around some of Auckland’s most fashionable precincts is a traveller’s delight.
Auckland’s Queen Street features high street fashions and big brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci. One can go behind-the-scenes to explore backstreet lanes like High Street for smaller boutiques, where they can pick up local designer fashions such as Moochi and Workshop or, for the men, Crane Brothers and Nicholas Jermyn.
Queen Street runs from the Ferry Terminal on the water, past Britomart transport hub and up the hill. Travellers can visit Albert Park after a trip to Auckland Art Gallery, or take a trip up the Sky Tower for unique views of the town. Nightlife and entertainment in and around Queen Street feature international shows, local theatre and live music.
Britomart precinct is a of streets, lanes and open spaces to be explored and shopped at leisure. Designer fashion boutiques are housed in heritage buildings, offering local and international fashion, including British fashion label Ted Baker together with New Zealand favourites, Karen Walker and Kathryn Wilson.
Britomart is Auckland’s central transport hub and the gateway to the city. Just behind the station and within just a few blocks, Britomart offers some of the best bars, restaurants and cafés in the city. Every Saturday morning, the City Farmers’ Market at Britomart offers fresh seasonal local produce and artisan foods.
Newmarket offers a mix of high street fashion, a large mall, and designer boutiques, minutes away from central Auckland. The Broadway strip, Westfield 277, Nuffield and Teed Streets are some of the famous spots. Newmarket is also a destination for coffee, food and nightlife.
Ponsonby, 10 minutes away from Auckland city centre, is considered one of the city’s hippest suburbs. Ponsonby is packed with fashion boutiques offering clothes and accessories by leading designers. Ponsonby is on the first hill overlooking downtown Auckland. Ponsonby is also known for its nightlife, restaurants, bars, pubs and dance clubs lining Ponsonby Road.
Karangahape Road (K’Road)
Karangahape Road, also known as K’Road, is renowned for its culture, boutique shops and nightlife. Travellers can browse K’ Road’s retro clothing stores, vintage boutiques and op-shops to pick up one-of-a-kind pieces that can’t be found anywhere else. K’Road sits at the top of Queen Street. This strip is packed with quirky shops, eateries, backpacker hostels, contemporary galleries and live music venues. One can also explore historical buildings, enjoy free heritage walks and visit one of the oldest cemeteries in Auckland, the Symonds Street Cemetery.
New Zealand Fashion Week
Every year Kiwi fashion designers showcase their styles to the world through New Zealand Fashion Week. The event is staged in downtown Auckland and attended by international buyers and visitors following the latest collections from new and upcoming designers as well as New Zealand designers like Trelise Cooper, World, Kate Sylvester and Zambesi.