Passion for Paper is devoted entirely to the sending of cards, the writing of letters, the inviting to parties and the wrapping of gifts. You can find some really original cards and paper here, and some absolutely beautiful wrapping paper for that special gift you bought for someone back home, as well as leather bound address books and travel journals.
What to buy: I loved the writing pad with a map of the world colour washed onto the sheets.
The Elephant House in Parnell is a fabulous treasure trove full of gifts and local crafts including everything from greenstone and paua jewellery (paua is a beautiful irridescent shell), wood carvings, totara fence post jars (a kiwi peculiarity!), paintings, pottery and clothing. If you're looking for a kiwi souvenir, but one that is just a little different than the tat that a lot of gift shops churn out, then the Elephant House is for you. Tucked away down an old narrow alleyway of Parnells main street, even its old fashioned surroundings are just a little bit special.
What to buy: Well, there are those totara fence post jars I mentioned....totara is a native timber, and some enterprising soul decided to put an old fence post on a lathe and fashion a jar out of the post. I have a lovely one myself (made by a friends son) which sits proudly on my bookcase. They come in all sizes, and the nice ones (like mine) have quite a bit of the rough wood still in evidence.
What to pay: Depending on the size you opt for, expect to pay anywhere between $25 ~ $55 NZD for a totara fence post jar.
Wahtever you do - wait until you land in New Zealand to buy your duty free alcohol - not only is it extremely cheap, but YOU WON"T HAVE TO CARRY IT AS FAR! Especially since you are allowed 3 litres of spirits and 6 X 750 ml bottles of wine!!!!! Buy up big on those bargain priced good quality NZ vino's & sit down with some of their glorious cheese and you'd be pretty close to happy :)
Victoria Park Market is a bit of a local landmark with its tall brick chimney. Originally built as the city's 'rubbish destructor' with furnaces to burn the rubbish from the young city of Auckland, the buildings fell into disrepair before being refurbished in the 1970's. Victoria Park Market now houses shops and stalls selling local arts and crafts and typical New Zealand souvenirs. There are cafes and foodstalls and very often live music and entertainment too. The market is open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm. A definite 'must do' while you are in Auckland.
What to buy: As with most places like this, there is a fair amount of 'tat' as well as the quality stuff. Steer clear of the trashy T shirts and sunglasses and go for the hand made jewellery, the carvings, the greenstone and the local art. There is also a very good quality crystal outlet if you are into that sort of thing.
What to pay: It depends on what you go for really, there is quite a cross section of outlets here, but in terms of typical souvenir hunting, the prices here are similar to other shops away from the city centre.
Royal Oak shopping centre is on the small side but they still have some 60 shops to choose from. There is a good mixture and variety as well as 18 national brands. Free parking is available and they are open 7 days a week.
Stagecoach buses beginning with 30 or 31 will take you Royal Oak.
This has become quite a large shopping centre in Mt Albert now, in fact one of the largest centres in NZ with approximately 148 retail stores over two levels. There is also a good food hall cinema complex and free parking.
I enjoyed shopping here even when it wasn't this big but it has been extended over the years and is very popular indeed.
Hours: Mon - Wed 9am - 5.30pm Thurs - Fri 9am - 9pm, Sat - Sun 9am - 5.30pm
Queens Arcade is down the bottom end of Queen Street and runs through from Customs Street through to Queen Street. All the remodelling over the years has still managed to maintain the old world Victorian charm but has really developed the choice of shopping. There are specialist boutiques, antiques, coffee bars, china, leather and deerskin products and Marbecks, a long established family store.
There is also an extensive range of NZ products which included woollen clothing, honey, kiwi fruits products, arts and gifts and of course all the All Black Football items/clothings you could possibly want.
There is also a foreign exchange on the 3rd floor which is open from 1.00pm – 10.00pm.
DFS (Duty Free Shopping) is housed in the city's old Customhouse. This beautiful old historic building has a large range of famous brands such as Louisi Vuitton, Guicci, Christian Dior, Prada, Hermes, Oroton.. on and on.. you get the picture.
Open :10am-10pm daily
Westfield Glenfield is on the northshore. The centre first opened in 1971 as Glenfield Mall. It was fairly small in comparison to what it is today. When the Westfield group took over there was a major redevelopment and the new and improved Glenfield shopping centre was opened in 2000. There are 177 specialty stores and kiosks, 4 major retailers which include Foodtown, Farmers, The Warehouse and the other major grocery chain, Countdown. There s also a foodcour which seats 600 people.
Star Marts are small convenience stores (somewhat like 7Eleven) which are scattered through the city and the country. They offer a variety of food and beverages to go, plus the normal day to day supplies and of course film. Some are open 24 hrs.
Manukau is New Zealand’s third largest city. At the shopping centre there are than 100 stores as well as a fairly decent sized food court. There is a Foodtown supermarket in the South Mall and a Farmers Department store in the North Mall. There is a mezzanine floor but this is for businesses and the library. There is plenty of public transport and parking is free. The shopping centre is just off the southern motorway and close by to Rainbow’s end. The centre is open 9.00 – 5.30pm Fri – Wed, and 9.00am to 9.00pm on Thurs
Lynnmall was built in 1963 and is one of Auckland oldest shopping malls, in fact I think it was the first. This is mainly a single level mall which was expanded greatly during 1985/86 and again in 1998/1999. There are 5 major stores, which include Farmers, Woolworths supermarket, Rendells. With around 129 specialty stores. What is rather significant is that Lynnmall was the first mall to be airconditioned -in 1987, the first to introduce Sunday trading - in 1991 and the first centre to become smoke-free - in 1994.
Lynnmall is about 12km south west of downtown Auckland
Hunters Corner Plaza is just a smallish shopping mall in old Papatoetoe. There is a Kmart, reasonably priced clothing stores, usual small food outlets and kiosks and other assorted stores. There is parking underneath as well with a ramp provided at the outer end for wheelchairs etc.
Stagecoach buses leave from the downtown city centre and travel to Hunters Corner.
This shopping centre runs between Queens Street (the pedestrian end opposite the Britomart Transport Terminal) and Albert Street. A high proportion of customers are tourists especially during November to February. There is a large eating hall, souvenir and tourist stores as well as fashion shops and homeware stores covering two floors. There is also car parking via an overbridge to the Auckland City Council's Downtown carpark.
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