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Shopping in Queenstown

Queenstown is a great place to buy all kinds of things from  jewellery to fashion and outdoor clothing.

Key areas

There is an excellent range of small shops in Queenstown, many of which are concentrated on Beach Street and The Mall. Kapa, 29 Rees Street, sells eclectic, high quality NZ design ware with an infusion of Maori culture.

At The Bead Shop, 2B Shotover Street, shoppers can design and create their own unique jewellery, with the help of staff if necessary, using the many beautiful beads stocked here. Steamer Wharf is just down from The Mall on Beach Street and boasts a decent collection of arty stores and clothes shops.

A few upmarket shops are also located in the Steamer Wharf complex, off Beach Street.

Markets

Queenstown Arts and Crafts Market at Earnslaw Park is a local weekly Saturday artisans' market selling sculptures, pottery, paintings, carvings and much more.

Shopping centres

Queenstown's main shopping centre is O'Connell's, corner of Camp and Beach Streets, which has a wide range of shops. The upmarket Sofitel Arcade, between Duke Street and Man Street, has more than a dozen shops.

Opening hours

Shops are generally open from 0900 until 2100.

Souvenirs

Pick up Maori jewellery, particularly pieces in jade, paua and bone, carved in traditional Maori designs, plus arts, crafts, sculptures and pottery. Other good buys include outdoor clothing and accessories for hikers, boaters and skiers, New Zealand-produced woollen sweaters and sheepskin goods. Bargains can be had, although you won't find any between November to February and during the winter high season months.

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The Black Sheep

One of the better hostels in town, The Black Sheep is located just a short walk from the city centre. Secure car parking is available. There is a spa pool, two BBQ areas, a pool table and a bar on site, plus free breakfast in the morning. Wi-fi is available throughout.

The Diary

The Dairy is a classy operation - formerly a corner store, this sumptuous guest house contains 13 intimate rooms, all kitted out with designer touches and a contemporary feel. Breakfasts and afternoon teas are a treat, and there are open fireplaces for those chilly evenings. Great packages are available for skiers in winter.

Eichardt's Private Hotel

Established in 1867, Eichardt's has just five opulent suites all with roaring fires, luxurious bathrooms and lake views. Decor is a mixture of modern comfort and antique elegance. Guests can also enjoy the relaxing Parlour and comfortable House Bar. A great luxury Queenstown hotel if you want to splash out.

Evergreen Lodge

Located on the outskirts of Queenstown, the Evergreen Lodge has beautifully decorated contemporary rooms and panoramic views of the lake and the Remarkables. It's a great place to kick back and relax, dispensing with urban grit.

Tanoa Aspen Hotel

This Alpine-style resort offer 87 rooms ranging from lake-facing rooms, some with private balconies, to homely, two-bedroom apartments. There's also 24 hour service, a stoage area for skis, snowboards and bikes, laundry facilities, two spas, complimentary parking, Wi-Fi and a restaurant with fantastic views.

Hotel St Moritz

Within easy walking distance of the central area, this hotel enjoys a dramatic setting with panoramic lake and mountain views. Every sumptuously decorated room boasts a 40" LCD television with i-pod docking station, while there's a stylish bar, dining room and library featuring a stunning stone fireplace.