While there are plenty of big-name outlets to choose from, Auckland shopping is all about slowing your pace, exploring the urban jungle, and tracking down the little gems that hide in side streets and old heritage-listed buildings. From local fashion boutiques to humble family-owned supermarkets, there’s a huge variety of souvenirs just waiting to be found.
Soak up the sun while shopping in Parnell, Ponsonby, or any of the Auckland’s marvellous markets. Alternatively, duck inside for some retail therapy at Britomart, Newmarket, or one of the CBD’s sprawling shopping centres.
Auckland markets are filled with fabulous homemade items crafted by local artists and craftspeople. They’re also the perfect place to find genuine Maori souvenirs and keepsakes for you to remember your trip by. If you love supporting local creatives and small businesses abroad, a visit to the Takapuna Market, Victoria Park Markets or the Auckland Night Markets should hit the spot.
Auckland’s CBD is one of the densest shopping areas in the entire city. The question of what to buy in Auckland will, in many cases, be answered here. Make sure you investigate the CBD’s sprawling shopping arcades like The Atrium on Elliott or the spacious Queens Arcade on Queen Street.
Unlike the other places in this list, Britomart is not actually a suburb of Auckland (though it’s large enough that it could be mistaken for one). Located a stone’s throw from Captain Cook Wharf, Britomart is one of the largest and fanciest Auckland shopping centres. The home of Auckland fashion and designer shopping, lavish eateries and its own underground train station, this is one shopping destination you won’t want to miss.
If locally owned stores and boutiques are your favourite places to shop, look no further than the inner-city suburb of Ponsonby. Long considered the home of Auckland’s artistic residents, as well as its LGBTQ+ community, Ponsonby is as colourful as it is diverse. If you’re looking for a truly unique gift to take home, you’ll almost certainly find it here.
Prefer to hunt for bargains in leafier, more low-key surrounds? The suburb of Parnell, to the east of the CBD, is for you. Wandering its streets, you’ll uncover many smaller speciality stores and boutiques, but it’s the outdoor Parnell Village shopping centre that will be most difficult to resist. Enjoy great stores, brilliant coffee, and plenty of Auckland sunshine.
A district south of Parnell that’s as much about arts and education as it is about entertainment, Newmarket is filled with big-brand fashion outlets, shopping complexes, and simple corner stores. If you’re looking for a great mix of every shopping experience the city has to offer, Newmarket is the suburb to investigate. Check with your hotel concierge for an Auckland shopping guide before heading out.