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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.


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.


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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Featured Hotels


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.

Four Seasons Motel

All 15 rooms are equipped with kitchen facilities, DVD, stereo and flat screen TVs. There's a 15m (45ft) outdoor swimming pool, spa pool, BBQ, grassed play area, guest laundry and drying room for skis. Best of all, it's a short walk into the centre of town.

Hippo Lodge

This backpackers hostel offers a mix of shared and private accommodation. It has a homely friendly, with accommodation split into three separate houses. Good option for those on a budget.

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.