Better than New: Finding the Sparkle in Secondhand with Nifty’s Rosie Carroll

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There are people in this world who have a knack for turning one person’s trash into their own wardrobe treasure. After years of working in retail, schooling up on fast fashion, and selling her own threads at markets, Rosie Carroll is undeniably blessed with this gift.

Swoon Store

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Everything you need to know about this store is in the name.

Fresh On Kendal

Fruit and vegetables outside the entrance to Fresh on Kendal Christchurch.
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Weekly supermarket shops aren’t usually synonymous with peace and calm, but it’s a whole other story at Fresh On Kendal.

Kin Hair

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In a renovated warehouse space in Christchurch's Sydenham, Kin Hair offers an inclusive high-end salon treatment unlike any other in town.

Cactus Outdoors

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For those conquering Everest, tending to farm paddocks, or enjoying a weekend on the chairlift, there’s one name that stands above the rest for its made-to-last gear:...

Frances Nation Home

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A store devoted to celebrating beautiful, made-to-last daily wares from New Zealand makers.

Lovoir Day Spa

The entrance to Lovoir Day Spa in Christchurch.
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As soon as you step inside Lovoir Day Spa at The Crossing in Christchurch, you will find yourself enveloped by an atmosphere of luxury and sophistication.

Addy & Lou Christchurch

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The younger sibling of its Kaikōura based namesake, Addy & Lou Christchurch, is a homewares and gift store and a whole lot more.

Marmaduke Shoppe

Natural coloured furniture set up in a nice display in the corner of a store.
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Sitting pretty within the Tannery, Marmaduke Shoppe is one of those rare interior stores that is so beautifully curated that it takes a while to realise each piece within...

Sophie Divett Jewellery

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Stepping into Sophie Divett Jewellery on Christchurch’s Colombo Street is like entering a jewellery store of a bygone era.

Crown & Pantry

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A good old fashioned general store, Crown & Pantry in Amberley is a one-stop-shop for everything you might need for a platter and wine kind of scenario, be it a picnic,...

Lily & Langford

Baby bowls, cups and clothes displayed on shelves and racks in Lily and Langford Christchurch.
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Tucked away on the picturesque Chester Street East on the edge of central Christchurch sits Lily & Langford, a specialty boutique for children and mothers.

Nifty

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Driving along the industrial end of Christchurch's Cashel Street, you don’t expect to come across a pale pink pop of colour that is the Nifty building.

8 Businesses Championing Sustainability in Christchurch Ōtautahi

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Championing sustainability is no easy feat, but these businesses are walking the walk and making a positive impact on the world around us.

Uncommon

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Championing slow fashion, unique designs and clever craftsmanship, Uncommon is known for its beautifully curated selection of contemporary womenswear.

The Custard Square Bookshop

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As a tram rattles down Worcester Boulevard, the driver loves to point out an adorable outdoor set-up known as The Custard Square Bookshop.

Telling Tales

Books on shelves and seating area at Telling Tales, Christchurch.
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Igniting the love of reading in children is a magical gift and one that Telling Tales know plenty about.

Shelf Home + Gifts

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Anyone looking for a gift in Christchurch should head to Shelf Home + Gifts on the Cashmere Hills.

In Our Book: Here are the Best Bookshops in Christchurch Ōtautahi

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There is a certain kind of feeling you get when you enter a good bookshop, it’s warm and inviting, and a sense of cosiness and calm takes over. The scent of hundreds and thousands of pages waiting to be discovered and devoured is nostalgic, and it is easy to lose an hour or two browsing the aisles deliberating over your next read. In Ōtautahi Christchurch, we are blessed with a stellar number of bookstores, from a specialist children’s shop, booksellers that have been in the city for generations and second-hand shops that ensure literary gems reach the hands of new readers. So whether you are on the hunt for the latest bestseller, looking to build up your child’s library collection or happiest when spending an afternoon amongst stacks and rows of books, here’s your guide (in no particular order) to enjoying the best bookshops around the city.

General Post

Sauces for sale on a shelf above fresh fruit bins at General Post, Christchurch.
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You’ll find a few golden nuggets interspersed around Tai Tapu, and General Post is one of them.

The Juniper Collective

Close up of Awildan gin on top of a barrel at The Juniper Collective, Christchurch.
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The Juniper Collective on Cashel Street is a beacon for Aotearoa gin.

Smith's Bookshop

Woman looking at books at Smith's Bookshop, Christchurch.
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Tucked away in the elegant corridors of The Tannery, you’ll...

La Voute

Vintage chair with retro painting of clown's face behind it at La Voute, Christchurch.
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La Voute, French for "The Vault", certainly lives up to its name. While the showroom for this vintage furniture and homewares shop may be a little off the beaten path, it only makes the underground space feel even more transportive.

The Mediterranean Food Company

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 Down the industrial eastern end of Tuam Street in an old brickery is a secluded slice of Italy.

Ride On Super Sound

A display cabinet of comics at Ride On Super Sound.
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Ride on Super Sound is a treasure trove of records, comics, zines waiting for you.

PLUME

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Makes a strong case for the enduring value of a bespoke and compelling retail experience.

PERRIAM

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Step into Perriam’s Cashel Street store and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Otago high country.

Dead Video

Stormtrooper with DVDs in the background of Dead Video in Lyttelton.
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If you’re wondering — did streaming kill the video star? — the answer is not quite, thanks to neat people like Evan at Dead Video.

Head over Heels

Shoes and bags on display at Head Over Heels in Christchurch.
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With New Zealand and international labels abound, expect plenty of classic shoe designs, mixed with fashion-forward options from the latest collections of top designers.

Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing

View of the counter at Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing studio in Christchurch.
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A contemporary tattoo and body-piercing studio in the Arts Centre.

Henry Trading

Anglepoise lamp with candles stocked on the shelves at Henry Trading, Lyttelton.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury Editor's Pick

A must-visit spot brimming with homewares and more made by good people.

Your Guide to Second-Hand Clothes Shopping in Christchurch

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The neatest second-hand clothing finds in the ‘03.

Recycle Boutique Christchurch

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Recycle Boutique challenges the status quo as one part designer boutique, one part second hand shop and one part sustainable shopping option.

Harakeke Florist

Dried flower wreath hanging on wall at Harakeke Florist in Christchurch.
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This one-of-a-kind floral shop by the seashore is the product of creativity and appreciation for native foliage, Sumner and the greater Christchurch community.

Three Boys Brewery

Worker pulling a pint using large wooden handles.
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Pop into Three Boys Brewery and fill a rigger, order a keg for that next bash or sit down and enjoy a cold one right here – there’s a comfy space upstairs to set down your tush and watch the brewers at work.

Canterbury Brewers' Collective

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Canterbury Brewers’ Collective at Riverside Market is your CBD spot for takeaway brews, cold pints and free-flowing chat over which to find your new favourite pour.

Seats in the City: Best Seats in Ōtautahi Christchurch

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People watching and view gazing are among life’s small pleasures, and there’s nothing quite like walking into your favourite café and seeing the prime table empty and beckoning you. Now while this may seem like a bit of an exaggeration, anyone who has ever ended up seated by the bathroom or a swinging kitchen door will be nodding their heads in agreement.

Bohemian Bakery Central City

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Bohemian Bakery’s second storefront is a cozy enclave filled with the smells and sounds of a traditional bakery, like the ever popular Portuguese tart and crusty loaves.

The Welder

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The Welder is a unique health and wellbeing centre in stunningly repurposed buildings in the heart of South Town.

J'aime les Macarons

Blue shop exterior and glass cabinet of J’aime les macarons in Christchurch.
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Hundreds of colourful macarons with punchy and interesting flavours are produced out of the J’aime les macarons kitchen each day.

Grater Goods

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Found in an old glass factory in Sydenham’s industrial blocks, you'll find everything from sausages to bacon and steak - just the more humane and sustainable kind.

J Friend & Co

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Find local honey with as little intervention as possible at Christchurch honey business, J Friend & Co.

Rekindle

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This is a place for craft, for making things. Rekindle is focused on creating opportunities for resourcefulness – making what we need from what we have around us.

Shopology

Shelve of warm winter scarfs at Shopology.
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Shopology is a collaborative retail space, where talented artisans, makers and designers come together.

Indigo & Provisions

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Indigo & Provisions is a specialised fashion store inspired by traditional work-wear, heritage styles and high quality.

Untouched World

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The only fashion company in the world to be recognised by the United Nations for sustainability, Untouched World is a true leader in the field of ethical lifestyle fashion.

The Arts Centre

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A much-loved heritage hub for all things creative and cultural, Christchurch’s Arts Centre is a real jewel in the city’s crown.

BOXed Quarter

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A hub for all things food, creativity and culture, BOXed Quarter thinks outside the square.

RUBY Christchurch

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Timeless, beautiful and instantly recognisable, Ruby is one of New Zealand’s favourite brands.

Free Things To Do in Christchurch Ōtautahi

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Even without spending a cent, you can enjoy the rich history and beautiful landscape that Christchurch has to offer.

The National

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The National has been at the forefront of the contemporary art scene in Christchurch for over a decade.

Embassy

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Peruse the likes of Adidas, Vans, Element, and Lower’s latest lines all stocked in store, or choose from more than 50 other international and New Zealand brands.

Action Bicycle Club

Bikes lined up in a row at Action Bicycle Club in Christchurch.
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A specialist shop offering rentals, repairs, retro bikes for sale and an array of contemporary biking accessories.

Nicola Quinn Beauty and Day Spa

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For indulgence from your head down to your toes, pop along to this Merivale day spa.

Get the Glow with Christchurch's Best Facials

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There’s no better time than the present to get your glow on with a facial from one of Christchurch's best facialists. With specialists in all corners of the city, a facial is the perfect way to relax, rejuvenate and refresh. Catering to all skin-types, and genders alike, your next pamper session is sure to leave you feeling lit from within, while giving your skin the tender love and care that it needs.

Renaissance

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From expert facial therapy to massages, and everything beauty and skin related in between, there’s a treatment for everyone.

Scorpio Books

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The city's best independent bookshop, come here for the latest and greatest novels and non-fiction.

University Bookshop

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Nestled amongst the towering gum trees, manicured gardens and delightful river, the University Bookshop offers a vibrant shopping experience.

Stencil

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Variety is the spice of life, and you’ll certainly find something to spice up your wardrobe at Stencil.

The Tannery

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Prepared to be wowed by the sophisticated one-stop-shop that is The Tannery.

Infinite Definite

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Cool kicks, clothing and lifestyle goods find themselves a home here, and with over 60 different designers in stock, there is something for everyone.

Mod's Hair

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Let’s be honest – lovely as they both are – Merivale and Paris aren’t exactly twins. But thanks to Mod's Hair, the two places are connected just that little bit more.