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Auckland Shopping

The main shopping inner city area is around Queen street. Most suburbs have their own shopping districts to browse through. Aucklanders love their markets and there are plenty scattered around. The main department stores in Auckland are Smith and Caughery, located in Queen street, or the less stylish but more budget wise, Farmers. Listed below are the main shopping areas of Auckland, the shopping centres and the popular markets.


Auckland Shopping Hours
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
Some stores have later trading on Thursday or Friday evenings.

This is one of the main shopping areas in Auckland, with Broadway the area where the most fashionable stores are located.

Parnell is another fashionable area of Auckland, this being a rather up-market part of the city. Victorian villas line the streets, now transformed into boutiques or restaurants. This is the place for arts, crafts, jewellery and cafés.

Ponsonby is also a shopping area, but this time a much more basic area, characterised by its unrestored Edwardian terraces. It offers nightclubs, bars, corner stores, telephone card shops, eating establishments of all types, and a surprising variety of nationalities. It is an area popular with young people, and several of the backpackers hostels are nearby.

Queen Street
This is the main shopping street in Auckland and runs for several blocks with retailers lining the street as well as some arcades and shopping malls running off it.

Known to be Auckland's swankiest suburb and the shopping reflects this. The street are tree lined and have a range of quality boutiques at matching prices.

This area offers good value shopping, with discount department style stores as well as the trendy fashion ones as well. Parking is usually easier to find here and there are plenty of cares and eateries available.

Victoria Street
Located in the seaside hamlet of Devonport this street is full of old world shops, restaurants and is a great place for browsers looking for something a bit different to take home.

Auckland Shopping Centres

Atrium on Elliot
This is a great shopping mall located in the heart of the city. It is over several floors with a large food court located on the bottom Level. There are some trendy clothes and jewelry and shoe shops here as well as beauty salons, book stores and homewares. 21 Elliot Street (09 300 3290)

Botany Town Centre
This is Auckland's newest and largest shopping centre and has a village feel about it. All styles of shopping tastes ate catered for here in the one large area, as well as plenty of eateries. 588 Chapel Road, East Tamaki (09 272 3888)

Downtown Shopping Centre
This centre really is down town and just a 2minute walk from Auckland's waterfront area. There are at least 70 shops and service centres located here with a food hall on the first floor. QEII Square, Customs Street West (09 978 5262)

Dress-Smart Factory Outlet
The name tells the purpose of this centre, where there are more than seventy stores offering products with well-known brand names clothing, electrical items, shoes and household goods. 151 Arthur Street, Onehunga (09 622 2400)

Auckland Markets

Aotea Square Markets
Located in the city centre on Fridays and Saturdays are 80 colorful little tents here selling a lot of new bits and pieces with souvenirs that are typically from New Zealand. Aotea Square Queen Street (09 309 2677).

Avondale Sunday Market
This market is large and sells a lot of everything, mostly secondhand goods and fresh produce. Avondale Race Course, Ash Street, Avondale (09 818 4931)

Collector's Market
This market is a great place to look for that rare collectors item or to pick up something unique. There are plenty of antique dealers here selling a wide range of goods. Held on the second Sunday of the month. Auckland Showgrounds, Greenlane (09 524 2462)

Mangere Town Centre Market
Often there is live entertainment here and mostly new products for sale as well as food. Opened on Saturdays only. Mangere Town Centre (09 275 7078)

Ostend Market
This is a very popular market on Waiheke Island and is held every Saturday morning. Here you can find fresh local produce, including fresh seafood. There are also plenty of secondhand treasures and a little trash as well. Ostend Road, Waiheke Island (09 372 6375)

Otara Markets
This is a multicultural market, which gives it an appeal of its own. It is held in the shopping centre carpark on Saturdays only at Otara, to the south of Auckland city. Otara Shopping Centre, Newbury (09 274 0830).

St Helliers Handcraft Market
Most of the products at this market are 100 per cent New Zealand made/ There ar up to 36 stalls of crafts and arts and freshly baked goods. Held on the first and third Sundays of the month. RSA Hall, Turua Street, St Helliers (09 521 5671)

Titirangi Village Market
This market fundraiser for the local school and can have over 100 stalls of art, crafts and bric a brac. There is live music to listen too as well as plenty of food stalls and cafes nearby. This market is held on the last Sunday of the month. War Memorial Hall, Titirangi Village (09 817 3584)

Victoria Park Market
This market is within walking distance of the city centre, or a short bus ride if one prefers, and offers a huge range of products, particularly of the souvenir type. A tall red brick chimney marks the location. Transport Link Bus (5 minutes, every 10 minutes)

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