Shopping in Auckland is up there with one of the most popular activities for people visiting the City of Sails. Auckland is a shopping lover’s paradise, packed full of world-class boutiques, designer stores, modern shopping malls and local arts and crafts. Whether you’re an Auckland native, visiting from around New Zealand or even visiting from overseas, we wanted to fill you in on some of the best places to shop in Auckland.

Whilst the wider area of Auckland is home to hundreds of small boutiques and local stores, the CBD and surrounding suburbs is where you will find the best shopping in Auckland. Whether you have got cash burning a hole in your pocket, or you simply love perusing the local boutiques and arts and crafts stalls, Auckland has a little bit of something for every type of shopper.

Let’s take a dive in and check out 12 of the best places for shopping in Auckland.

1.      Queen Street

Kicking things off is Queen Street – the main street that runs right through the middle of the CBD and the home to high street stores and designer brands including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior and Hugo Boss. Queen Street is a shopper’s paradise and the best place to kick off any shopping expedition to Auckland.

2.      High Street

Just minutes away from Queen Street you will find High Street and Chancery. This area is a little less chaotic than Queen Street and as well as finding some hidden gems, you will also find a lovely cobblestone plaza which is perfect for taking some time out and doing some people watching. There are some really nice cafes in the High Street district so it’s the perfect spot to grab some lunch in between shops.

3.      Britomart

One of Auckland’s fastest-growing shopping districts is Britomart. Traditionally Britomart has been the city’s main transport hub, however, it has grown into much more than that and is now home to some flagship stores including M.A.C, Allbirds and FABRIC – a stunning boutique full of carefully selected men’s and women’s clothing. There are some very nice places to eat in and around Britomart and it’s also a great place to grab an afternoon cocktail or glass of wine.


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4.      Karangahape Road (‘K’ Road)

This is one of Auckland’s quirkiest streets which has grown into one of the coolest places to shop if you’re looking for retro and edgy streetwear stores. ‘K’ Road has an interesting history, however, in recent years, the introduction of designer stores, some great restaurants and lots of quirky little souvenir shops mean that tourists and locals alike will often find themselves wandering up to ‘K’ Road to stock up on some Kiwiana to take home.

5.      Ponsonby

Ponsonby is one of Auckland’s well-to-do suburbs that is a must for anyone looking for a fantastic shopping experience in Auckland. Ponsonby is a haven for shoppers that love to browse – from local boutiques to leading designers to home and kitchenware – Ponsonby has it all. Stylish window dressings are a feature of Ponsonby stores making it an ideal place for those who love to window shop. Ponsonby is one of Auckland’s hippest districts and has an amazing dining scene day or night to add to the shopping experience.

6.      Parnell

Parnell is one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs and many would argue one of the city’s most stylish. Parnell has that olde-worlde vibe going on and is packed full of designer clothing stores, exquisite handmade jewellery and crafts as well as some pretty amazing galleries where you can buy work from local artists. La Cigale French Market is another Parnell highlight every Saturday and Sunday where you can stock up on cheeses, breads, seasonal fruit and oils and spices.


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7.      Mt Eden

Sitting beneath the slopes of Mt Eden, you will find Mt Eden Village – a quaint little shopping spot and perfect for those who fancy an adventure to the top of Mt Eden followed by a spot of lunch and some shopping. Mt Eden Village is a popular weekend brunch spot and is packed full of little delis, gift and curio shops. You will find lots of local talent on show in some of the galleries and arts and craft shops in Mt Eden.

8.      Newmarket

Newmarket is a great place for shoppers who are looking for high street brands and designer names but are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Auckland. You will find some of the country’s top fashion designers in Newmarket including Karen Walker, Juliette Hogan and Kate Sylvester. Newmarket is New Zealand’s fashion capital and on Broadway, you will find a number of stores to suit all tastes. Newmarket is easily accessible from Britomart by train or bus making it ideal for those on a full day out shopping in Auckland.

9.      Remuera

Another of Auckland’s well-to-do suburbs, Remuera is perhaps not as well known for its shopping, however, you will still find plenty of exclusive designer stores, gift shops and cafes. Remuera is another destination that is easy to reach by bus or train from Britomart and whilst it is not typically a place you will find your average tourist, it’s a hidden gem for those who do break out beyond the CBD.

10. Devonport

If you are looking to escape the city for a couple of hours, jump on a ferry from the Viaduct and in 15 minutes you will feel like you are a million miles away from one of the Southern Hemisphere’s busiest cities. Devonport is a quaint little seaside town that has a surprising number of galleries, craft and antique shops. You will find a few surprises on a shopping trip to Devonport and it certainly offers up a different experience to most of the other destinations on this list.


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11. Takapuna

Heading beyond the CBD and over to the North Shore, Takapuna is the largest shopping destination north of the Harbour Bridge with over 400 stores. Easily accessible by car or bud, Takapuna has a wealth of fashion stores as well as quirky little book shops, footwear, jewellery, beauty products and more. On Sundays, Takapuna plays host to a lively market where you can stock up on fresh fruit and veggies as well as crafts, furniture and antiques.

12. Clevedon

A little bit of a rogue entry to our top12 places to shop in Auckland, however, Clevedon is fast growing a reputation as one of the best places to shop for crafts and souvenirs. This quiet little rural town just south of the city has a surprising number of stores and also hosts a market on the second and fourth Sunday of every month which is well worth a visit.

Bonus Entry – Matakana

For those willing to go the extra mile, Matakana is well worth a drive out. Located about an hour north of the CBD, Matakana is widely regarded as having one of the best weekend markets in the country and it now attracts hundreds of visitors from the wider Auckland region every Saturday. With a great mix of arts and crafts, designer clothes and some tasty food stalls, Matakana market has all the ingredients you need for a Saturday morning shopping expedition. The village itself is a cool place to visit and has a number of designer stores and boutiques which are permanent fixtures.


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So, there you have it – 12 of the best places for shopping in Auckland plus a little bonus entry. As well as some of these amazing suburbs and districts, Auckland is also home to plenty of large shopping complexes including St Lukes, Sylvia Park, Albany, Manukau, Howick and Dress Smart in Onehunga. Here you will find large food halls, cinema complexes as well as all of Auckland’s leading brands and department stores.

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Updated: 21 June 2021