the 4 main Shopping Malls, Christchurch
This is Christchurch’s and – nearly logical – the South Island’s biggest shopping mall. You have a choice of 150 shops, and especially if you are looking for shoes this is the place to go. Sometimes I have the impression every second shop is for shoes – and I still do not find what I want LOL There are also some nice clothes and homeware stores, and all the other kinds of shops you find in malls in other countries.
If you are used to Westfield Riccarton the other big malls (The Palms, Eastgate, Northlands) get a little disappointing by the time...
The integrated supermarket is Pak’n’Save, and there is also a K-Mart for bargains of all kinds. The latter could be interesting for tourists as they have a large choice of tents and all kinds of camping gear. You also find hairdressers, a big food court, a New Zealand Natural ice-cream stall, quite a lot of nice cafés of the main chains (Robert Harris, Muffin Break, Coffee Culture, McCafé etc.), and a Hoyts cinema complex.
Although I prefer shopping in the inner city streets (as long as the city planners do not destroy them LOL) such malls are great on a rainy day and if you want to do a lot of things in as little time as possible. And parking is free. And finally, many bus lines pass at Westfield Riccarton, and it is only 10 minutes from the city centre (5 min by car).
Mon – Wed 9am – 6pm
Thu & Fri 9am – 9pm
Sat 9am – 6pm
Sun 10am – 6pm
The mall is located west of Hagley Park, so drive around the park and turn into Riccarton Road where Riccarton is indicated. The mall is on the left side of the street.
By bus from the Bus Exchange, platform B: #5 Hornby, 19 Burnside, 21 Ilam, 81 Lincoln, 83 Hei Hei, 84 Russley. – Platform C: 3 Avonhead
The Orbiter (green bus, see extra tip) makes a loop tour past the major shopping malls but does not go to the Bus Exchange.
There are several very good malls around Christchurch to shop at. Northlands (Main North Rd), The Palms (Marshlands Rd), Westfields (Riccarton Rd) and Eastgate (Linwood Ave) are the main ones with Barrington (Barrington St) and South City (Colombo St) Malls smaller versions.
The Palms is probably the best having several good food options (food court inside & restaurant/bars outside) and Reading movie complex with the biggest, most comfortable seats anywhere. Next is Westfield then Northlands - both having movie options.
If you are not sure how to get to any of these Malls you can jump onto the Orbiter Bus which drives a loop linking all of these Malls. The cost is only $2.50 for up to 2 hours of travel (so you can jump on, jump off)
What to buy: The malls have everything from books to clothes to sporting goods so it's down to what you want at the time.
Here's all the malls over 30 stores:
Barrington Shopping Centre
Location: Barrington St, Spreydon
Majors: The Warehouse, Fresh Choice
Bush Inn Shopping Centre
Location: Waimari Rd, Upper Riccarton
Majors: Woolworths, The Warehouse
About: Generic suburban mall
Location: Main South Rd, Hornby
About: Fashion Outlet with heaps of selection and savings up to 70%. Currently expanding to 50 stores.
Location: Linwood Ave, Linwood
Majors: The Warehouse, Farmers, Countdown
About: Finished expansion 2003. Huge for the number of shops it has. All the majors are the largest of their type in either the South Island or New Zealand.
Location: Main South Rd, Hornby
Majors: Farmers, Pak N Save, Movieland
About: Small and nothing special really. Still undergoing expansion.
Location: Papanui Rd, Merivale
Majors: Fresh Choice, Quinns
About: Boutique style mall in one of the nicest areas of town. Practically has a dress-code. Specialises in expensive clothing and food.
Location: Main North Rd, Papanui
Majors: Countdown, Pak N' Save, Hoyts Cinemas, The Warehouse, Farmers
About: Expanded greatly 2003, nice setting and design. Largest mall in New Zealand by area.
Location: Marshlands Rd, Shirley
Majors: Farmers, Reading Cinemas, Woolworths, Kmart
About: Finished expanding 2004. Great restaurant precinct called Arena. Coolest looking of the malls with the fanciest architecture.
South City Centre
Location: Colombo St, City
Majors: The Warehouse, New World
About: Central location, only mall not to have expanded recently and is kind of dated as a result.
Location: Riccarton Rd, Riccarton
Majors: Farmers, Kmart, Hoyts Cinemas, Pak N' Save, Rebel Sport, Borders
About: Just finished expansion in 2005. Most stores of any NZ indoor mall. Great setting and cool stores, including the best fashion selection of any mall.
After living here for 4 weeks, so far I've located these 6 malls in Chch. There are probably more, but this will get you started:
The first 5 are conected by "the Orbiter" bus service that runs every 10 mins, but mind you, it takes about 90 minutes for a full circle, so other options are advised, see below.
The Palms has a cinema attached to it, so does Hornby. Woolworth's. Pak'n Save.
The Bush Inn is smaller than the others, but it covers the basics. Woolworth's. Countdown is just across.
Hornby is being renovated and extended as of July 2004. New World. Cinema. Across from Hornby is Dressmart, an outlet store mall, where you may get a good deal.
Riccarton is easy to reach by a number of bus services since A LOT of routes stop here to and from town. Located on Riccarton Rd., a busy shopping street itself, if you want/need to escape the mall. Pak'n Save.
Northlands. Woolworth's. Pak'n Save. Countdown.
What to buy: Outdoor gear, fleece and all-weather gear.
Woollen sweaters and apparel, but make sure it's "Made in NZ", no point in taking anything else home, is there?
Anything "All Blacks", the national rugby team. Usually you will find a sale on last season's items. They seem to make a new collection for every season, but unless you meet a true fan when you get home no one will be able to tell that you went there in 2004 but are wearing 2003 gear...I wouldn't, for sure.
The Farmers' Trading Company Limited is not only a household name, but also a New Zealand icon. Founded in 1909, the Farmers' Trading Company name is now synonymous with New Zealand retailing.
What to buy: Furniture
Clothing, childrens, ladies, mens
Plus much more!
What to pay: Very reasonably priced
Bakers Delight have skilled bakers producing bread all day 7 days a week, from 7.00 to 19.00.
What to buy: Croissants,
Pane Di Casa
White Tank loaves,
Country Grain, Fig, and Fruit,
Apple and Apricot Ring,
Plus many many more varieties
What to pay: Very reasonable prices
EASTGATE Mall in the east of the city centre
NORTHLANDS Mall in the north of City
WESTFIELD Mall in the west of the city centre
SOUTHCITY Mall in the south of the city centre