Monday9:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Tuesday9:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Wednesday9:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Thursday9:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Friday9:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Saturday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Sunday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
118 Cuba Street, Te Aro
Don’t be surprised if walking into Iko Iko starts you shakin’ at the knees. That’ll be because the colour and vibrancy of this little hustling bustling shop can make you feel like you’ve got too much to look at and too little time. Luckily they don’t mind how long you stay, and when there’s as many epic gifts, homewares, books and oddities as Iko Iko has, that’s likely to be a while. Big bold earrings, cute quirky ceramics and beautiful books to make your heart quiver, this is the place to come if you’re ever feeling low on inspiration or simply need a new pair of pug socks to brighten your day. A go-to spot for that last minute gift buying, there’s nothing like a trip to Iko Iko to guarantee a very happy present recipient.
It’s not uncommon to find this store bursting at the seams at any time of the day, and that just may have to do with the fact that they kindly give discounts for students at various points throughout the year, or though more likely it’s because they have new and enticing bits and bobs coming into the shop frequently, and there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re missing out.
World famous in Wellington for their kick ass posters and best display of greeting cards in town, you can move right along if you think you’re getting drab old flowery cards here, and instead you’re likely to find Rhianna, Beyonce or Frida Kahlo gracing the cover of these.
Not afraid to fill every available space, Iko Iko is the polar opposite of anything minimalistic, and instead adds a hit of vibrancy to Cuba Street with their bright blue door (flanked by two very welcoming bright red flamingos) and the carnival-type atmosphere inside.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
118 Cuba Street, Te Aro
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