South Island shopping is truly an exciting activity. You’ll find that uniqueness is a characteristic that can best describe the experience. South Island is home to talented and renowned jewelry makers, wood crafters, painters, glass blowers and more. You’ll find renowned beauty care products made with local ingredients as well as the famed merino wool knits. You’ll also find marvelous wines to take back home, or the latest fashions in outdoor sports wear.
South Island shopping boasts incredible markets filled with great arts and crafts. The most popular is the Queenstown Market, with stalls displaying ceramics, carvings, photography, knitwear and more. There is usually live music, and a special Saturday Lake front market, which displays the work of artists from different parts of South Island. The prices are usually better than in stores.
At this marketplace you’ll find pottery designed by JG Kalb & Co. made from Southland clay, recognizable by its aqua color interior and brown exterior. You’ll also find Jewelry made from schist stone, designed by Anna Boulton, known for her acrylic paintings.
Unique to South Island
Small shops are more frequented, as large shopping malls are not that common. However, you’ll find that these small shops offer great specialty items that can only be found while in South Island.
Sheepish Designs in Queenstown is a beautiful boutique, and a great place to find sweaters and other knitwear made of merino wool; you’ll find it interesting to know that no chemicals are used in the making of these garments.
Other favorite shops in Queenstown include Jewelry by Ross Heywood, a talented jeweler who works with bone, silver, and limestone. His work is outstanding.
Ross Gallery sells beautiful brooches, earrings, hairpins and necklaces made from paua shell, native to New Zealand; these pieces make great mementos of your South Island shopping.
If, however, you don’t get the chance to visit all these marvelous shops, head to Central Gifts in Queenstown, where you can find beautiful jade pieces, bone carvings, paua shell and Luke leaf jewelry. Everything you’ll find is part of the uniqueness of South Island shopping.
Tip: If visiting Invercargill, head to Freddie Craft Creative Sewing and Pottery, truly an example of creativity. Freddie has created reversible jackets with patches and fun color schemes for the entire family. Each item is distinctive.
Note that many of these shops have more than one location or you can find the artist’s work at other stores.
Large malls are another fun option for South Island shopping. Some of the largest are located in Christchurch, including Merivale Mall, with shops displaying fashion from around the world, great clothing, shoes and accessories at reasonable prices.
The Palms Shopping Centre offers stores selling everything from large appliances to beauty care products, great fashion and travel planning.
The New Regent Street Mall is a center of a different nature, a wonderful place for South Island Shopping while still enjoying the experience of a shopping mall, but outdoors.
Whether at a mall or a specialty shop, you’ll enjoy South Island shopping.