Did you know that The New York Times ranked Christchurch #2 on its Cities to Go list in 2014? The Garden City is undergoing a resurgence as it rebuilds – with new buildings, places to see, eat and shop. So when you’re next in town with your Christchurch Airport car hire from Hertz, here’s our roundup of three standout spots for shopping.
Your first stop should be the vibrant and colourful Re:Start pop up mall in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw from the main city square. Funky boutiques housed in dozens of shipping containers are what make up this world leading shopping precinct. Whether you’re after fashion, food or gifts and souvenirs, take the time to wander through Re:Start to find what you’re looking for. Big names include Kathmandu and Lululemon; local names include Stormand Maher Shoes, as well as the iconic Scorpio Books. There are often buskers around providing live entertainment – what a bonus – and food trucks.
As the name implies, The Tannery sprung up on a former tannery site on the Heathcote River near the Port Hills. Here, heritage architecture with beautiful brickwork and tiles lends a backdrop to modern shops: boutiques, bars, and eateries, as well as arts and crafts retailers and homeware and outdoor leisure stores. Don’t miss the woodfired pizza and ale at The Brewery, or a snack and a hot chocolate/mocha at SHE Universe Chocolate & Dessert bar.This classy shopping emporium is on Garlands Rd in Woolston, southwest of the city centre.
This pedestrian thoroughfare in the city centre was built in the Art Deco Spanish Mission style and first opened in 1932. Closed after the earthquakes, this street and shops have since been reborn. Now open for business, you can enjoy yourself at one of the cafes and watch the tram go by. Some of the newest outlets include craft beer and cocktail bar The Institution, steampunk shop Clockwork Emporium & Cafe with clothing and jewellery to books, snacks and knick knacks, and The Last Word bar. There’s also a spa and a tattoo parlour.