The always-popular Great New Zealand Shop, 13 Grey St. (& 04/ 472-6817), has a huge range of gifts, jewelry, and crafts as well as wool knitwear, Maori carvings, and America's Cup souvenirs. Te Papa Store Te Papa, Cable Street (& 04/381-7000; [email protected]
govt.nz), has one of the best selections of New Zealand arts, crafts, and souvenirs in the city. Everything is top quality and attractively laid out, and you don't pay local tax (GST) if you're mailing gifts overseas. Art Works, 117 Customhouse Quay (& 04/473-8581; [email protected] xtra.co.nz), is another great source of high-quality New Zealand arts and crafts. New on the scene and making an impression is Maori Treasures ($&, 58 Guthrie St., Lower Hutt (& 04/939-9630; www.maori treasures.com), open daily 9am to 4pm, offering a comprehensive selection of top quality handmade New Zealand artworks and gifts.
Other worthy places to browse top-notch arts, crafts, and jewelry are Tamarillo, 102-108 Wakefield St., opposite the visitor center (& 04/4736095); Avid, 48 Victoria St. (& 04/472-7703); and Kura, 19 Allen St. (& 04/802-4934; www.kuragallery.co.nz). And for all things woolly, drive around the bays to Sheepskin Warehouse, Evans Bay Parade, Greta Point, opposite the Greta Point Tavern (& 04/386-3376; fax 04/386-3379). New Zealand has the best technology in the world for sheepskin products, and if you doubt that, come here. An overseas shipping service is available and GST is deductible.
where you'll find Wellington's most famous department store, Kirkcaldie & Stains (& 04/472-5899), offering traditional service and quality merchandise since 1863. Jumpers, Harbour City Centre, Lambton Quay (& 04/499-9915), has Wellington's largest range of New Zealand knitwear. For New Zealand-made gifts, look for Sommerfields, James Cook Arcade, 296 Lambton Quay (& 04/499-4847).
Look out for the NZ$20 million (US$11 million) redevelopment of the historic Bank of New Zealand building on Lambton Quay. It's now the Old Bank Arcade & Chambers, a stunning retail arcade after the style of Sydney's Queen Victoria Arcade. It has attracted interest from top national and international retail stores and includes restaurants, cafes, bars, and designer clothing stores. Vibrant Hand-knits, Lee Andersen's Designer Gallery, Old Bank Arcade (& 04/4728720), has a unique collection of New Zealand-designed and -produced knitwear.
As you move onto Willis Street, you'll find more fashion, books, and music aplenty. Turn down Manners Street and make your way into the weird and wonderful Cuba Street area, which gets more interesting the higher up the mall you go. Look out for Hemporium, 151 Cuba St. (& 04/385-2907), which sells everything made of hemp, including clothing. Iko-Iko, 144A Cuba St. (& 04/ 385-0977), has kooky gifts for the people who think they have everything—an inflatable armchair, for instance. If you want your future predicted, your sexual preferences catered to, your body pierced or tattooed, or simply a cup of damn good coffee, you're in the right area.
Another good specialty-store area is the Tinakori Road Village. Much more upmarket than Cuba Street, it's not overly big, just a few smart little gift stores, galleries, and the like. My favorite is Millwood Gallery, 291b Tinakori Rd., Thorndon (© 04/473-5178), an art-and-book boutique filled to the gills with divine papery offerings. It specializes in original works of art based on Wellington and has a range of cards and gift wraps. Another goody here is The Lily House, 320 Tinakori Rd., Thorndon (® 04/499-3399). It has fabulous displays of colorful New Zealand-made ceramics and all sorts of household and garden accessories.
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