In New Zealand’s primary cultural hub, art – in all its forms – is abundant, and this extends effortlessly to Wellington’s shopping scene. After all, fashion is just wearable art, is it not? Shopping in Wellington is especially enjoyable for the fashion-forward.
Whether you prefer bargain hunting or more indulgent retail therapy, you’ll have no shortage of stores to explore. From designer outlets with vast storefronts to sprawling upmarket shopping centres to smaller independent boutiques, there are so many places to find a new holiday outfit or to grab that perfect Wellington souvenir.
In Wellington, markets are one of the city’s favourite ways to shop. As fans of oddities and eccentricities, the locals descend every weekend on the many markets that dot the city, from the Wellington Underground Market on Jervois Quay to the Wellington Night Market in Te Aro. If you’re not sure what to buy in Wellington to commemorate your holiday, the markets will help you make up your mind!
Cuba Street is Wellington’s most affluent shopping district. Filled with upmarket designer outlets and department stores, Cuba Street ranks among the most popular Wellington shopping centres for good reason. This is the first place any fashion-conscious traveller should venture to when it’s time for some retail therapy. Your new favourite ensemble awaits!
The area that held the crown of most affluent shopping district prior to Cuba Street’s proliferation, the Golden Mile is how the locals colloquially refer to Lambton Quay. A historic inner-city arcade, the Golden Mile remains one of the most popular retail thoroughfares in Wellington and is now home to a collection of both designer outlets and independent local businesses.