New Zealand nowadays offers great shopping possibilities and is very much superior than it was ten years ago. Visitors can now appreciate well-situated services and shops that offer good bargains and improved prices.
For those seeking some appealing fashion shops the best place to browse along would be on High Street, situated one block east parallel to Queen Street or on Chancery Lane, though Parnell and Newmarket Road are the top places where one can find high fashion shops, jewellery and New Zealand art.
Devonport also has a few fashion shops and a good number of art galleries, antiques shops, and second hand bookshops. On Ponsonby Road you will mostly find restaurants and bars but it does have some interesting shops to browse through. The Botany Town Centre is just a 35-minute drive away from Auckland and offers an enjoyable change for a few hours of shopping spree.
Although New Zealand is starting to make a name for itself in the fashion world, the products it offers in fashion boutiques are generally creations by local designers. Souvenirs, local crafts and New Zealand sheepskins are popular with visitors, who will find all they need in Victoria Park Market.
New Zealand wines are also becoming popular worldwide, these can be purchased at wineries or at the regular farmer markets held through suburban communities on Saturdays or Sundays on specific dates generally issued in the local papers.
There are regular markets in which to stroll and browse through at the Aotea Square Markets for the more trendy, or the City Farmers every Saturday for those seeking fresh fruit and vegetable products.
The Newmarket area offers several designer boutiques, beauty salons and fashionable cafés and bars, an ideal haven for a shopping extravaganza and to indulge in special treatments.
Shops and boutiques are usually open from Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm. You may find some shops close later on Thursdays or Fridays and you will find shops open on Sundays in the main shopping areas or arcades.