Whether it’s a sleek or more eclectic fashion look you’re after, it can be found amongst all the nooks and crannies of the streets of Auckland.
From retro vintage pieces to New Zealand designer favourites to labels from the streets of New York, there is something in Auckland to suit every fashionable taste and budget.
So, get those wallets at the ready, and take a stroll around some of Auckland’s most fashionable precincts.
In and around Queen Street
A fashionista’s dream starts on Auckland’s Queen Street, where high street fashions and big brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci combine. Go behind-the-scenes to explore backstreet lanes like High Street for smaller boutiques, where you can pick up local designer fashions such as Moochi and Workshop or, for the men, Crane Brothers and Nicholas Jermyn.
Queen Street runs from the Ferry Terminal on the water, past Britomart transport hub and up the hill. Visit beautiful Albert Park after a trip to Auckland Art Gallery, or don’t miss a trip up the Sky Tower for the best views in town. Afterwards, check out the lively nightlife and entertainment in and around Queen Street, from international shows to local theatre and live music.
Historic Britomart district
Britomart precinct is an inviting network of streets, lanes and open spaces to be explored and shopped at leisure.
Go shopping at designer fashion boutiques housed in beautiful heritage buildings and find a treasure trove of local and international fashion, including British fashion label Ted Baker together with New Zealand favourites Karen Walker and Kathryn Wilson.
Britomart is Auckland’s central transport hub and the gateway to the city. Just behind the station and within just a few blocks, Britomart offers some of the best bars, restaurants and cafés in the city. Every Saturday morning, the City Farmers’ Market at Britomart offers fresh seasonal local produce and artisan foods.
Newmarket - shopper’s paradise
Newmarket offers a great mix of high street fashion, a large mall, and designer boutiques, all just minutes away from central Auckland.
Newmarket is the place to come for a shopping spree. First class shopping is to be found on the Broadway strip and in Westfield 277, and on Nuffield and Teed Streets is where you'll find New Zealand fashion designers Zambesi and Kate Sylvester.
Not too many bus stops beyond downtown Auckland, fashionable Newmarket is also the destination for coffee, delicious food and a busy nightlife. Along with the shops, Broadway, Nuffield Street and the surrounding lanes are overflowing with cafés, restaurants and bars to rest those weary legs after a hard day’s shopping.
Auckland’s hippest suburb - Ponsonby
Head to Ponsonby - a mere 10 minutes from Auckland city centre - to discover one of the city's hippest suburbs. Ponsonby is packed with fashion boutiques which in turn are packed with distinctive to-die-for clothes and accessories by leading designers.
Stroll down the main street Ponsonby Road, or one of the many side streets for an incredible find. Put aside a whole day, however, as Ponsonby Road is 1.5km long and, with all the stores to browse, plenty of time will be required.
Ponsonby is on the first hill overlooking downtown Auckland. No matter where you are on the Ponsonby strip, you’ll find a café or restaurant to satisfy your craving. The nightlife in Ponsonby is eclectic with many bars, pubs and dance clubs lining Ponsonby Road, the perfect destination for drinks and dancing after dark.
Karangahape Road, a.k.a K’Road
Karangahape Road, affectionately known as K'Road, is renowned for its creative, eclectic culture, boutique shops and buzzing nightlife.
Browse K’ Road’s many retro clothing stores, vintage boutiques and op-shops to pick up one-of-a-kind pieces that can’t be found anywhere else. From the ordinary to the extraordinary, the key to shopping on K’Road is diversity. On this quirky street, high fashion sits comfortably alongside retro and street-wear styles, while home décor adds colour and culture ranging from ethnic to kitsch.
K’Road sits at the top of Queen Street. This strip is packed with quirky shops, eclectic eateries, backpacker hostels, contemporary galleries and live music venues. You can also explore historical buildings, enjoy free heritage walks and visit one of the oldest cemeteries in Auckland, Symonds Street Cemetery.
New Zealand Fashion Week
Every year Kiwi fashion designers showcase their unique styles to the world through New Zealand Fashion Week . The event (22 – 28 August 2016) is staged in downtown Auckland and attended by international buyers and visitors following the latest collections from new and upcoming designers as well as world renowned New Zealand designers like Trelise Cooper, World, Kate Sylvester and Zambesi.
Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest city and home to the country’s largest international airport, with connections to all major international hubs. All fashion precincts are a short walk from major bus, train, and ferry networks.
You can shop seven days a week year-round in New Zealand. Winter is short and mild in Auckland and summer is glorious, of course – but the city is most active in spring and autumn, when the city’s residents are back from long summer holidays and the place comes alive with concerts, film events and markets.
Head west to Piha and Karekare for invigorating outdoor activities or, for some shopper’s sustenance, go north to the charming village of Matakana, a foodie haven surrounded by vineyards and home of one of the best farmers' markets around.