Smith and Caughey is Auckland's oldest established department store. The store is known for its quality, ambiance and service. Expect to pay a little extra for the privilege. There are clothing departments for women, men and children; lingerie; shoes; perfumery and cosmetics; fine china; home wares; gifts and more. The cafeteria upstairs serves light snacks and substantial meals. There is a traditional hairdresser for gentlemen in-store. Now you can shop at Smith and Caughey on-line. In particular a wide range of gift boxes and hampers are available.
Exquisite and exotic handcrafted artworks to adorn yourself, can be found here. Fingers is Auckland's premier and oldest established jewelery cooperative. The superb miniatures of art on display will vary in style, material, size and price but are always of magnificent quality both aesthetically and technically. Original innovation is another hallmark of the Fingers co-operative. Some of the artists long represented here include Roy Mason, Alan Preston, Warwick Freeman, Ruth Baird, Michael Couper, Andrea Daly, Jane Dodd and John Edgar.
This self-described "smallest department store in the world" is more of an emporium, and it seems to have a little bit of everything. Part of the Blockhouse Bay township, 20 minutes from Auckland, it is close to a number of other shops including a post office, a hardware store, and banks. It stocks tools, toys and games, a good selection of luggage, and a lot of other odds and ends. Well worth a look.
You would not believe you were just meters away from Queen Street, let alone in this century, when you walk into this quiet, antiquarian and second-hand book store. Pop in for some peace of mind, find a quiet corner, and breathe in the atmosphere of ages past. The shop winds upstairs and down, with books overflowing onto the staircase. Exceptionally rare and valuable books are stored in glass cases. Books are bought and sold, a valuation service is offered, catalog's are issued, and they will search for requested titles.
The superb furniture from Rose and Heather is created from ancient kauri timber found buried in New Zealand swamps, and radiocarbon dated at up to 43,000 years old. The kauri timber has remained in remarkable condition and when polished shines with a beautiful golden glow. The hallmark of Rose and Heather furniture is the blend of ancient wood and classic lines, quality design to international standards, and excellent craftsmanship in cabinet making.
Everyone who loves children's books will love this store. It is run by ex-teachers whose love for what they are selling is obvious. They have a broad range of titles, subjects and genres. The collection of picture and story books is particularly impressive. There are many educational books, toys and other resources—such as games, puzzles and music cassettes. Special reference books for children are available, as well as a New Zealand section. There is a playpen, which is handy if you want to browse in peace. Handily located five minutes from central Auckland.
For all the adventure equipment and clothing you could ever need, Kathmandu is the place. They specialize in outdoor clothing and shoes - both of which are generally waterproof and are essential for a successful excursion. As well as that, they sell scarves, gloves, packs, tents, cooking equipment, thermoses and Lonely Planet guides. They put out a good catalog and even have some cute kids clothes, including thermals and raincoats. For all your outdoor equipment shopping, head to Kathmandu.
Since August 1997, when this became the first Ermenegildo Zegna store in the Southern Hemisphere, men with an eye for high quality European fashion have been shopping here. Three groups of fine tailored suits, shirts, ties, sweaters and other items of clothing are on offer-the Sartorial (refined and sophisticated), Soft (comfort) and Sportswear (relaxed and casual) Collections. Their "Taglio Esclusivo" (made-to-measure) service ensures that each garment becomes unique and personal. The client can select fabrics and styles, and provide his own measurements for that perfect fit. Duty free shopping is available also.
Although the selection of jeans is exceptional, they also sell other casual trousers, shirts, t-shirts, belts, jackets, shorts and sweatshirts for men and women. The clothing is predominantly casual and aimed at the younger market. With plenty of changing rooms and the ever-friendly staff to assist, shopping at Just Jeans is a pleasurable experience.
For street wear with a twist you must visit Harlem 23 on Auckland's High Street. They stock National Football League accessories and clothing for men and women from the USA, as well as Russell Athletic wear and hot local labels like Boom and Illicit. Not strictly for DJs and skateboarders, the looks they offer are contemporary and cool and often limited in stock, making them even more coveted by the discerning style afficionado.
Zambesi is a designer brand producing contemporary styled clothes, accessories, eyewear and jewellery for men and women. Their signature clothing consists of colors like black and white. They have a standalone store located in 20 Vulcan Lane and you can shop online too!
This store has an amazing selection of quality New Zealand and Pacific Island souvenirs, with friendly staff to assist. They have home wares and gifts including jewelery, woven bags and baskets, cushions, tablecloths, place mats and napkins, planters, platters and candles. Paua products include mirrors, pictures, frames, tableware. They also have beautiful tapa cloth lampshades and wall hangings. For a unique and funky gift to take back home stop off at Pauanesia.