New Zealand's capital has a fantastic reputation as one of the best tourist spots in the country. Wellington is a beautiful harbor-front city filled with cute cafés, art galleries, theaters and restaurants. It's known as the 'coolest little capital in the world' – and for good reason too. The culture and feeling of the city is truly unlike any other.
When you are not visiting Te Papa Museum and discovering New Zealand's history for yourself through the variety of exhibits and art installations or meeting one of the five hundred animals that inhabiting Wellington Zoo, why not unwind with some retail therapy? There are plenty of shopping centers, malls and streets filled with boutique and specialized stores where you can spend your time in Wellington, and being somewhere new is always a great excuse to get some shopping done.
Head to a few of these popular destinations during your stay and snag some deals to take back home with you.
The City Market
On Sundays in the Atrium of the Chaffers Dock Building on Herd Street, the City Market is the best place to buy foods and wines. Delicious cheeses, organic fruits and vegetables and indulgent, carefully crafted chocolates are all available from this inner-city farmer's market. It's a splendid place to spoil yourself.
The Wellington Waterfront is a vibrant and exciting hub of activity. Bars and cafés look out over Cook Strait at Queens Wharf and there are a number of quality art galleries to visit as well as plenty of nifty little shops to have a look around. Spend an afternoon relaxing by the water, grab some lunch and see what's on offer.
Rag Mama Rag
A vintage clothing store for women that's made quite a name for itself: Rag Mama Rag has a wide range of items for sale sourced from all over the world. Free alterations on all stock means you will not have any trouble finding the perfect fit when you visit the store in the Left Bank Arcade on Cuba Street.
Te Papa Store
If it's your first time to the capital or you have not been to Te Papa before, the museum is a must-visit. The exhibits that are hosted range from interesting to simply incredible and, best of all, the gift store is lets you take a little something back home with you. The Te Papa Store sells an eclectic range of Maori and European art, jewelery and other products representative of New Zealand's unique culture.
Experience everything that Wellington has to offer during your stay and make the most of your time in the city at a few of these great shopping destinations. The city's unique mix of culture, art and history make it one of the most inviting in all of New Zealand, and there's no better place to blow a bit of that vacation budget.