Wellington shopping options range from the hippest trends, retro-vintage and bohemian fashion, to unique local arts and crafts. As a compact and commuter friendly city, some of the trendy boutiques and specialty stores are accessible or concentrated in areas around or within downtown. Below are several recommendations to start the shopping spree.
Trendy and Hip
Wellington Central has an interesting assortment of specialty boutiques and eclectic stores all in one district. The area, which includes Cuba, Lambton, and Willis Streets, boasts of stores featuring established and upcoming designers. Lambton Quay is especially known for the pricier high fashion boutiques, department stores and fashion retailers like Kirkaldie and Stains and the Old Bank Arcade. For those with more than fashionable clothing on their mind, Queensgate Mall has everything from accessories, clothing, and books.
Vintage and Bohemian
There are several stores in the city that offer eclectic, vintage, and bohemian fashion and accessories. Cuba Street in Wellington Central is the one stop center for all things vintage and eclectic. Shops and retailers in the area include Hunters and Collectors, Ziggurat, Recycle Boutique, Past and Present, and other stores. Great bargains can be found here for visitors who are into unusual and hard to find items. For those who prefer to shop for designer labels but are not willing to pay a lot, there is a treasure trove of second hand designer clothing, shoes, and accessories in some of the vintage stores.
Unique Gifts and Souvenirs
For those who are looking for unique gift ideas or souvenirs to take home, Wellington has several options along Cuba Street. Look for eclectic stores that sell handcrafted jewelry, decorations, and other items for the home. Visitors can also checkout local galleries along Allen Street like Kura Contemporary and Ora Design for indigenous style pieces of arts and crafts, including ceramic, pottery, glassware, paintings, sculptures, and jewelry.