There is lots more to New Zealand’s capital beyond politics and culture. Funky boutiques and gift stores, op shops, antiques and markets offer a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind and fashion forward options, plus plenty of delectable edible offerings. Indulge in some retail therapy as part of your visit, and be sure to book your Wellington car hire with Hertz ahead of time.
Lambton Quay is hopping most of the time and there’s plenty on offer here. Popular chains from Glassons to Amazon and Country Road can be found along here, alongside designer names like Trelise Cooper and Lululemon. Grand old Kirkcaldie & Stains hails back to the golden days of department stores, with three floors worth of retail.
Edgy boutiques are what dominate at the Old Bank Arcade. Look out for local luminaries such as Ruby and Ricochet, I Love Ugly and I Love Paris around here.
Wellington’s coolest street is bursting with bars, cafes and retail outlets. Vintage shops, top designers and funky boutiques all call Cuba St home. Madame Fancy Pants, twenty seven names and Kate Sylvester are among those who reside here. Menswear is also well catered for. Iko Iko is a trove of interesting finds, as are Hunters and Collectors and Ziggurat.
There’s lots to tickle your fancy on Victoria St, including the flagship WORLD store and a large Superette. Don’t go past Good as Gold and its edgy mix of fashion, streetwear and footwear, or Kilt for an ever-changing rotation of limited and interesting stock.
This is another of Wellington’s best spots. More boutique beauties await on Willis St, along with magazine and book shops. Voon and Coco are some to keep an eye out for.
You’ll be surprised at the array of shops and galleries on Wakefield St, to say nothing of the specialist food stores and eateries. Women, look out for Karen Walker and men, Man to Man. Nearby Scotties Boutique is a must-visit if you’re after a premium find that nobody else has – you’ll be the best in sartorial show.