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.

Monkfish

Strongwater fridge filled with chilled drinks at Monkfish.
Place Wellington
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A cosy refillery and off-licence that’s strictly about good vibes, Monkfish is your Vivian Street stop for your beer, wine, and spirits needs.

Vic Books Kelburn

Classics selection on bookshelves at Vic Books', Wellington.
Place Wellington
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Vic Books flagship on Kelburn Parade is Wellington’s top destination for your next book. They serve delicious hot Coffee Supreme coffee too making it a dream for any bibliophile.

On Trays Scheckter’s Deli

Close up of chilli sauce and jerk sauce.
Place Wellington

So much more than Wellington’s “South African shop”.

The Merry Go Round

Close up fo vintage items for sale.
Place Wellington

Head to The Merry Go Round to find out why one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Food Court Books

The bright green building that is Food Court Books in Newtown's Wellington.
Place Wellington

A little bookshop that perfectly captures Newtown's identity.

Vessel

Pottery in window display.
Place Wellington

Vessel specialises in artisan products, with an emphasis on locally made pottery. You could spend a day perusing the exquisite bowls, plates, and cups.

GOOD BOOKS

Woman browsing books.
Place Wellington

A tempting little rabbit hole that leads you to a wonderland of carefully curated books.

Bottega

New Italian deli food shop Bottega.
Place Wellington

Authentic Italian delicatessen Bottega is borne from a desire to bring a taste of home to the neighbourly suburb of Berhampore,

Zelati

Woman holding ice cream on cone.
Place Wellington
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From the texture to the rich, bright flavours, their range of sorbet and gelato offerings are impressive on the palate and pleasing to the eye.

The White Room Gallery

Circular cushions piled on a shelf.
Place Wellington

This one-stop shop is the perfect destination for those looking for a gift or wanting to treat themselves to something nice.

Goodness

Place Wellington

Starting out in Petone some 13 years ago, Goodness is no stranger to the Wellington fashion scene, and their more recent inner city store on College Street has enjoyed a very enthusiastic reception from city dwellers.

Untouched World

Place Wellington

If there’s one clothing store that really understands sustainability, it’s Untouched World. The first and only lifestyle fashion company in the world to be recognised by the United Nations for sustainability, Untouched World gets things right from the get-go.

Gift Consciously This Holiday Season with Our Wellington Shopping Guide

Interior The Axe.
With an emphasis on locally made and managed businesses, we’ve compiled a list of our top neat places to shop locally for the holidays in the Wellington region.

RUBY Wellington

Dresses on hangers at RUBY, Wellington.
Place Wellington

A New Zealand favourite brand is well at home in Old Bank Arcade.

Kowtow

The shop interior of Kowtow Wellington clothing store, New Zealand.
Place Wellington

Kowtow inspires shoppers to think a little more before handing over their credit card.

Good Housekeeping

Chairs, plants and brooms for sale at Good Housekeeping Wellington shop, New Zealand.
Place Wellington

An eco-friendly and DIY shop by the owners of The Powder Room.

Wanda Harland

Yellow books on a yellow seat inside Wanda Harland Wakefield Street store in Wellington, New Zealand.
Place Wellington

If the clothes in your wardrobe are looking a little dull, a trip to Wanda Harland is in order.

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.

Scout

The cutting chair.
Place Wellington

Nestled in the depths of Egmont Street you’ll come across Scout, a boutique hairdresser with a lot of heart and soul.

Madame Fancy Pants

Posters on a floor.
Place Wellington

The place to go if you're after a swish party frock, a present for a friend or something nice for yourself.

Sustainability Trust

Plants on display.
Place Wellington

An organisation with a big heart, working for a greener city and a fairer community.

Union Tattoo

Detail of drawings at Union Tattoo, Wellington.
Place Wellington

Covering a variety of tattoo styles, including fine line and delicate works, the team at Union Tattoo liaise closely with clients from paper to skin.

Natty

Close up of items to buy.
Place Wellington

Part studio, part shop, this sweet space in the middle of Beramphore has come a long way from its previous life as a butchery.

Aro Video

Inside the store.
Place Wellington

Stocking an eclectic selection of quality films for hire, Aro Video offers just an inkling of hope that the Internet hasn’t killed the DVD, yet.

Yoyo

Furniture inside the store.
Place Wellington

Yoyo celebrates the creative talent of New Zealand designers in furniture, homeware and lighting.

The Axe

Close up of colourful lunch boxes.
Place Wellington

A beautifully curated furniture and homeware store with a twist.

Urban Yoga

A sign in the yoga studio.
Place Wellington

Elevated above the hustle and bustle of Willis Street, you'll find an inner city sanctuary.

Iko Iko

Cards and posters on display inside Iko Iko Cuba Street, Wellington shop.
Place Wellington

The home of all things fun and fancy free, Iko Iko will treat you to something just a little different.

Pegasus Books

Books on shelves.
Place Wellington

Pegasus truly is a bibliophile’s delight.

Deadly Ponies

Black bag by red wall.
Place Wellington

Deadly Ponies have delivered collection after collection of iconic leather goods, each with its own personality.

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.

Spring Spa

The salon.
Place Wellington

Putting a fresh spin on relaxation in the heart of the CBD.

Twenty Seven Names

The shop space.
Place Wellington

A unique to Wellington’s offering of New Zealand boutique designer fashion is Twenty Seven Names, with the first store of designers Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart open on Vivian Street.

Wellington Apothecary

Close up of a herbal tea dispenser.
Place Wellington

Find a complete range of botanical tonics, teas and skincare, all handmade in small batches at this local apothecary.

Ziggurat Fashion Exchange

Close up of shoes and suitcases.
Place Wellington

A Cuba Street vintage shopping treasure trove.

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.

Smack Bang

The front window.
Place Wellington

A real eye for detail and a love of interiors mean Smack Bang is nothing short of stunning.

Bicycle Junction

Close up of a woman on a bike.
Place Wellington
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Catching on to the retro cycles trend, the clever people behind Bicycle Junction's new neighbourhood bikery, describe themselves as “Urban Specialists”.

Emporium

Clothes on racks.
Place Wellington

Their impressive array of authentic street styles, from original high fashion brands like Chanel to Nike, are unique and individual meaning you're bound to find a treasure.

Slow Boat Records

View of inside the store at Slow Boat Records, Wellington.
Place Wellington

If you prized hours of crate-digging or the thrill of a new favourite sound, make this your next port of call.

Caughley

A woman sorting through racks.
Place Wellington

With an online store under development and the promise of a constant collation of fresh brands, Caughley ought to keep Wellingtonians individualistic fashion sense satisfied.

Dr Morse Tattoo Studio

The shop space.
Place Wellington

Far from your regular tattoo studio, Dr Morse is well worth seeking out.

Embracing the Thrift

Denim overalls and hats on a wall at Emporium Vintage Boutique Wellington.
Nothing beats the thrill of stumbling across something special on the racks (the best finds are rewarded after a good scavenge) and Wellington is the place to be when hunting for vintage bargains.

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.