The 'place' to shop is the High Street precinct in the central city. A visitor's itinerary should include Karen Walker, Zambesi, Adrian Winkelmann and World - for clothing items that fall into the 'very original' category. The city fringe suburbs of Newmarket and Parnell are other places to hunt for fashion, footwear and designer homewares.
A more casual approach to retail therapy can be found at Victoria Park Market, which is bustling with indoor shops and outdoor barrows crammed full of New Zealand arts and crafts. It's a great place to discover hidden treasure. On Saturday morning the Otara market offers a taste of Pacific Island lifestyle, while a visit to Avondale Market is the thing to do on a Sunday.
Dressmart in Onehunga offers all the advantages of a big city mall but with prices inspired by an open air market.