Shopping in Auckland
Auckland has an ever-increasing reputation for being an excellent shopping destination, with a vibrant homegrown fashion industry and retailers stocking all the latest international designer labels. The Kiwi fashion industry is at the cutting edge, taking (as the food industry once did) influences from Europe, Polynesia and the Pacific Rim and then, through the process of fusion, coming up with a unique style.
Good fashion outlets are mainly located in the city centre, notably the High Street. Local names include Karen Walker, Marla Brajkovic, Workshop and World. Don't miss Fabric (5 High Street) which sells quality brands like Citizens of Humanity. For jewellery, Fingers (2 Kitchener Street) stocks creations from dozens of top native designers, while Pauanesia (35 High Street) is a celebration of Polynesian handcrafted items and gifts.
Another key area is Ponsonby Road. One of the hippest streets in New Zealand, it's home to one-off and funcky boutiques.
Auckland has a wide selection of markets to choose from.
For fresh seasonal produce and food, head to Parnell Farmers Market (545 Parnell Road), City Farmers' Market (Britomart), Oratia Farmers' Market (99 Parrs Cross Road), and Grey Lynn Farmers' Market (510 Richmond Road).
For bric-a-brac and colourful crafts, Otara Flea Market (Newbury Street) and Takapuna Beach Night Market are excellent choices.
For an eclectic range of vintage, retro, and fashion, Ponsonby Road Market and Aotea Square Markets are your best bet.
There are a few shopping centres in and around the city: Sylvia Park (Mt Wellington Highway) and Botany Town Centre (Chapel Road), as well as five Westfield malls dotted across the city.
Shops are usually open on weekdays from 0900-1700, with late-night shopping on Friday until 2100 in some parts of central Auckland, such as Queen Street. In these areas, and some of the larger suburban shopping malls, you can shop on Saturday 0900-1700 and Sunday from about 1000 until 1600.
For souvenirs and gifts a fine option is Maori and Polynesian traditional crafts and items made from pounamu (greenstone), surf wear or outdoor wear, a kauri wood carving or All Blacks memorabilia.
Sales tax is 15%. Provided receipts are kept, visitors can claim a tax refund at the airport or through the local New Zealand high commission or embassy upon return.