9 Best Independent New Zealand Florists to Celebrate Spring

Close up of a bouquet.
Are you ready for a fresh bunch of blooms as we head into Spring? Here's where to go for your floral fix.

Bara

Exterior of Bara, Auckland.
Place Auckland

Bara will have you lusting after new threads in no time. This high-end boutique evokes serious art gallery vibes and is a far cry from your typical clothing shop.

Lamplight Books

Woman holding a book about artist, Matisse, at Lamplight Books, Auckland.
Place Auckland

Bibliophiles should make a beeline for Lamplight Books, an elegant bookstore situated along Parnell’s main strip.

RUBY Newmarket

Place Auckland

There’s something for everyone here, and we are here for it. RUBY just gets it right.

Bloc

The shop interior.
Place Auckland

Bloc is many things. All under the one roof.

Crushes

Rack of vintage clothing at Crushes, Auckland.
Place Auckland

An eclectic mix of all things homemade, handcrafted, New Zealand made and vintage.

Everyday Needs

Homewares on shelves.
Place Auckland

As the shop’s name suggests, the focus here is on items for the home that are practical and useful – the kind of things you couldn’t imagine living without.

Dry and Tea

Waiting area.
Place Auckland

Dry & Tea makes the experience of going to the hairdresser not only appealing, but something you’ll quite happily arrange to do.

Father Rabbit

Homewares on floor.
Place Auckland

There’s an underlying sense of quality and timelessness to the carefully curated picks of household products available at Father Rabbit.

Fishermen's Den

Brown Just Another Fisherman tags on clothing.
Place Auckland

A haven for the fishing enthusiast, you’ll find everything from spin rods, filleting knives and wet weather gear.

Commonsense Mt Eden

Fresh vegetables at Commonsense Organics.
Place Auckland

A boutique and thoughtful shopping experience, you can rest easy at Commonsense Organics knowing every item you purchase is helping either the land, the people, your insides or a mixture of all three.

The Vitrine

The shop sign.
Place Auckland

A blink and you’ll miss it type of places with a lust for well crafted furniture and antique house accessories.

Zambesi

The store.
Place Auckland

A New Zealand fashion icon whose name has been synonymous with edgy fashion for as long as we can remember.

Shhh, We've Discovered New Zealand’s Best Hidden Laneways

David Bowie mural on Hannah's Laneway in Wellington.
Go beyond the guidebooks and explore our favourite secret laneways. You won't regret it.

Kate Sylvester

Glitter coat by clothing rack.
Place Auckland

Kate Sylvester emanates sophistication, refinement and femininity.

Tonic Room

The door.
Place Auckland

An Integrative Wellness Clinic and boutique natural health and beauty store.

Georgia Jay

The front of the shop.
Place Auckland

There is no staple more important to a person’s wardrobe than a quality leather bag, and Georgia Jay sure knows how to make them.

Twenty Seven Names Newmarket

A hem of a dress.
Place Auckland

The flagship store for the Wellington-based brand.

9 Second-Hand Stores to Shop in Auckland

vintage handbag and clothing
If you don’t feel like trawling around Auckland trying to find the best second-hand shops, look no further.

JetSetBohemian

Steel drawers.
Place Auckland

Providing Auckland with kooky cool clothing, jewellery and accessories sourced from all over the world.

Huckleberry

An aisle.
Place Auckland

Riffing on the whole organic health craze sweeping Auckland, Harvest Wholefoods is a veteran of nourishment.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Red griffins sign.
Place Auckland

Another one of Ponsonby’s illustrious retailers is Flotsam and Jetsam, a vintage store with both new and old items for the home.

World

The store.
Place Auckland

The home of innovative styles and trends.

Tür Studio

The entrance to the store.
Place Auckland

A creative space continually merging and progressing to match the ever growing importance of art in Auckland’s culture.

The Book Exchange

Old fashioned black typewriter.
Place Auckland
Cafes icon

The next time the Auckland drizzle gets too much for you, forget your troubles with a trip to the Book Exchange.

The Shelter

Clothing racks inside The Shelter.
Place Auckland

There’s a new way of doing business here in Auckland, a collaborative shared space drill that seems to save on risk, worry and premature closures; friends and foes unite with the similar goal of success.

10 Leather Ateliers to Shop in New Zealand

Yu Mei bags on shelves.
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your daily handbag or want something with a touch of class to complete a new outfit, leather goods have long been the go-to when it comes to sustainability, quality and longevity.

10 NZ Jewellers You Need to Know About

A hand holding a Rolling Mill engagement ring.
These local artisanal creators are keeping the notion of high end wearable art alive, well and accessible—creating beautifully stunning work to suit any taste and budget.

Discovering contemporary New Zealand ceramists

Kiwis love getting their hands dirty, and working with clay is a popular discipline among artisan creatives looking to make functional and interesting works of art.

Show Your Home Some Love with New Zealand's Best Online Homewares Stores

Homewares neatly displayed on shelves inside Everyday Needs in Auckland.
Spending heaps of time at home feels like the new normal. Luckily, these New Zealand homeware brands offer an array of goods to spruce up that very environment for maximum enjoyment.