the 4 main Shopping Malls, Christchurch

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    The 7 Shopping Malls: One-stop shopping

    by knerten Updated Jul 21, 2004

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    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 Palms
    Northlands
    Eastgate
    Riccarton
    Bush Inn
    Hornby
    Dressmart

    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.

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    Farmers: NZ's favourite family store

    by rozehill Written May 15, 2003

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    Well Known!

    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
    Nursery
    Kitchen Items
    Whiteware
    Computers
    Cosmetics
    Plus much more!

    What to pay: Very reasonably priced

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    Bakers Delight: Varieties of breads

    by rozehill Written Apr 12, 2003

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    Freshly baked daily

    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,
    Savoury Rolls,
    Cheese Cobs,
    Country Grain, Fig, and Fruit,
    Apple and Apricot Ring,
    Plus many many more varieties

    What to pay: Very reasonable prices

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    The main Shopping Malls: Shopping malls

    by fishandchips Written Jan 28, 2007

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    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.

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    Westfield Riccarton: The biggest one, great on rainy Days and for Shoes

    by Kakapo2 Written Jan 29, 2008

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    You cannot miss it...

    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).

    Shopping hours
    Mon – Wed 9am – 6pm
    Thu & Fri 9am – 9pm
    Sat 9am – 6pm
    Sun 10am – 6pm

    Directions:
    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.

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  • All the Major Malls: Christchurch Shopping

    by timnz2000 Written Jul 2, 2005

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    Here's all the malls over 30 stores:

    Barrington Shopping Centre
    Location: Barrington St, Spreydon
    Stores: ~40
    Majors: The Warehouse, Fresh Choice

    Bush Inn Shopping Centre
    Location: Waimari Rd, Upper Riccarton
    Stores: ~45
    Majors: Woolworths, The Warehouse
    About: Generic suburban mall

    Dress-Smart
    Location: Main South Rd, Hornby
    Stores: 35
    About: Fashion Outlet with heaps of selection and savings up to 70%. Currently expanding to 50 stores.

    Eastgate
    Location: Linwood Ave, Linwood
    Stores: ~75
    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.

    Hornby Mall
    Location: Main South Rd, Hornby
    Stores: ~40
    Majors: Farmers, Pak N Save, Movieland
    About: Small and nothing special really. Still undergoing expansion.

    Merivale Mall
    Location: Papanui Rd, Merivale
    Stores: ~50
    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.

    Northlands
    Location: Main North Rd, Papanui
    Stores: ~120
    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.

    The Palms
    Stores: ~110
    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
    Stores: ~45
    Majors: The Warehouse, New World
    About: Central location, only mall not to have expanded recently and is kind of dated as a result.

    Westfield Riccarton
    Stores: ~135
    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.

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    There are the 4 main shoping malls

    by rozehill Updated Mar 22, 2003

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    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

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