A typical Queenstown adventure is full of thrills and spills, best enabled with a car rental from Hertz New Zealand. But you’ll want to ease into your Queenstown trip with a day to get the lay of the land, or wind back on your last day in this relaxed lakeside town. Here are the best spots to do a bit of shopping – Queenstown is the place to pick up sheepskin and wool items, or some lovely greenstone gems. If you do purchase animal or food products, you may want to chat to the salesperson about customs regulations in any other countries you’re visiting.
Queenstown shopping is centred around Shotover Street, Beach Street, Ballarat Street and Camp Street. Exploring on foot is best, as you’ll be able to duck down secluded lanes and around new corners easily to discover hidden gems. Being a year round resort, Queenstown is bursting with outdoor shops full of clothes and equipment for everything from skiing and snowboarding through to camping and cycling.
The name may be a tad misleading. Queenstown Mall is not a mall but a strip, a quaint street in the heart of the city. Retailers, eateries and cafes and even the cinema are all found along this main route.
Sitting on prime real estate by Queenstown Airport, the convenient Remarkables Park Town Centre in Frankton has a range of stores selling local and international products. It’s home to H&J’s Outdoor World, Queenstown’s largest outdoor adventure store – a great place to stock up on snow gear. There’s a department store, supermarket, medical outlets and more.
Nearby Arrowtown is a charming destination well worth your while. Buckingham St is a picturesque shopping street with lots of specialty offerings. Gift shops offer unique souvenirs and there’s plenty of rustic fashion to be found too alongside local artworks and craft products.
A weekly arts and crafts market is on every Saturday in Earnslaw Park, featuring lots of interesting goodies and live music that really makes the atmosphere. The Remarkables Market is a seasonal one, put on during spring and summer, over in Frankton.