Make Kaiapoi the first destination on your shopping spree. Just 25 minutes’ from central Christchurch you’ll be at the door of Blackwell’s Department Store, home to leading fashion labels, homewares and giftware. Pop next door to Blakeley’s of Kaiapoi for hand-crafted antique reproduction furniture and fine china. A quick walk across the bridge will bring you to Craze fashion boutique, housing gorgeous new-season local and international labels (think Home-Lee, Foxwood, Stella + Gemma and more). Next door you’ll find stunning top brand shoes and handbags along with sterling silver jewellery at Shoe Therapy. And because you can never have too many shoes, check out the bargains to be had at The Footwear Outlet at the Old Mill on Ranfurly Street before you leave town.
Kaiapoi is not shy of cafes or bakeries for you to choose from. Red Eight Café has the healthy options to revitalise you, or if time allows enjoy a high tea at Paris for the Weekend.
Amongst its lively laneways and pretty main street Rangiora offers a high-end shopping experience with fashion boutiques, big box retailers and stylish giftware and homeware stores aplenty. Park the car and explore the centre on foot.
Be prepared to spend some time on High Street, where you’ll find Robe Boutique, stocking renowned fashion brands such as Augustine, Ivy Blu, Silent Theory and White Chalk. Pop across the road to Country Lane Fashions - Rangiora's iconic women's fashion store stocking top name labels, accessories and footwear alongside premium customer service and styling. Discover your personal style at So You! Boutique an elegant fashion destination with local and international labels and a stylist on hand. For French and Italian designer clothing and giftware, stop in at Molto Bella European Clothing Boutique (next door to Farmers Department Store). Or if surf, skate and streetwear is your style, then the team at Propaganda Clothing will deck you out in your favourite labels like ILABB, Roxy, Quicksilver and Vans.
If you are wanting natural fibre clothing, then check out Lordship Linens offering unique items carefully crafted, designed locally with a boutique feel made from linen, silk and cotton.
Looking for top quality fashion footwear then take a seat at Rangiora Shoelines who specialise in top quality brands and styles.
Gather and You is a boutique handmade collective offering a wide range of unique products made by over 50 local businesses. Support handmade products and find that something special for yourself or others.
This speciality event and giftware shop will provide you with everything you need for your event; wedding, birthday, engagement or house warming.
A quick side-trip to Cone Street is worth the wander for Envie – a gorgeous little pre-loved clothing boutique selling quality, designer threads.
In the market for homewares? Niche Gifts on Conway Lane specialises in Scandi style homewares, art and baby gifts. Just around the corner, Feather & Oak Interiors provides soft furnishings, interior design ideas and a carefully curated range of stylish homewares. A short side trip to Fabric of Society in Coronation Street, Southbrook is a must for anyone seeking affordable, designer fabrics for the home, sourced from around the world.
Need a gift for the baby, toddler or parent-to-be in your life? Check out Wee Kiwi Kidz in Conway Lane and Stylish Baby and Child on High Street for a huge selection of gorgeous designer clothing, footwear, toys, accessories and gifts.
Passing through Woodend? Stop at Canterbury Equestrian to browse their range of casual wear, footwear and jewellery. Labels include Grace on L.A jeans, Joshua Jones, Annabel Brocks and Ronner to name a few.
A little further on, swing into Pegasus Town and head to TAD on Pegasus Main Street. As well as new-season clothes and accessories from all the best designer labels, there is Grace, a room filled with preloved designer clothing.
Waikuku has reinvented boutique shopping, with two unique shopping destinations on offer just off State Highway One, 30 minutes’ north of central Christchurch.
The Old School Collective is housed in the former Waikuku Primary School, and promises an array of excellent shopping experiences. First stop, Louis Who, where you can find high-end designer clothing both pre-loved and new. Labels include Karen Walker, Juliette Hogan and Trelise Cooper. Next door Good Dirt Flowers is home to fresh, locally-grown floral bouquets and unique gifts, whilst Woven Veranda outdoor furniture store offers Swedish style all-weather wicker chairs and couches along with New Zealand wool blankets. Just across the courtyard is Twine Antiques where you can fossick through a great collection of antique treasures. Right beside The Office Cafe, you’ll find Room Six. A carefully curated collection of jewellery, art, ceramics and lifestyle products, perfect gifts to treat yourself or someone else.
Only 1km north of the Old School Collective, and well worth the stop, is The Brick Mill complex located in an old rope and twine mill. Start out at Oh Meme Oh My, with its unique collection of fashion, accessories and footwear. Next up is ID Gallery (Incredible Discoveries) with an eclectic mix of local and imported art, pottery and glass vases. Continue on to The Emporium of Lost Treasure to explore vintage finds, clothes, china, possum merino fashion, art, books and jewellery. Then to The Big Room which contains things that are, as the name suggests, BIG! French antique and macrocarpa furniture, large mirrors and large artworks. And don’t miss Studio A & Co Glass where you’ll be dazzled by the colours and designs of unique glass jewellery and tableware.
The Office Café, is the place to start or finish your journey in the OSC. Delicious healthy food and coffee and The Brick Mill Café is nestled in the Mill and guaranteed to sate your culinary desires.
If you’re on the hunt for second hand goods then Cust is a must on your shopping itinerary. There are some great finds to be had amongst the quality retro, antique and vintage furniture and homewares at Done and Dusted on Cust Road. Or pop into Route 72 Café Bar Emporium and weave your way around the rooms to find the perfect gift amongst the art, jewellery, fashion and unexpected treasures on offer.
Route 72 Café Bar and Emporium or the Cust Pub for one of Cookie’s famous pies.
Emma's at Oxford is a fabulous book, gift and fashion shop offering an eclectic range of products with something for everyone. The adjoining Emma’s Wardrobe is home to ‘clothing for women who love style’ and promises a range of top quality labels including MerinoMink, Pol, Briarwood and Rogue Linen. Also on Main Street, nzulu is a gorgeous destination offering creatively crafted designer women’s clothing from around the world alongside high-end bags, accessories and giftware.
Enjoy a locally made pie and a cuppa the Sheffield Pie Shop.
Magpie Style is a personalised fashion and design store with expert advice on hand. Collections range from Paula Ryan, Camilla, Trelise Cooper, Cooper. Shjark, The Luxury Cashmere Company, Cote Noire and Sarah J Curtis hats. Find them on Keetly Place, Ohoka. Open Monday to Friday.
Looking for quality designer preloved clothing at affordable prices? Then head to The Style Shed on Heywards Road, Clarkville. Only the best labels on offer here.
The Rusty Acre on Roscrea Place in Mandeville is a home décor shop with a difference. Think one-of-a-kind, hand painted and restyled furniture alongside brocante items and giftware. Open spring to autumn 10 - 5pm Friday to Sunday. You can also visit the stunning sculpture garden while you’re there ($10pp).
Heavenlea Touch Homewares on Tuahiwi Road is well worth the detour. Discarded broken items and recycled timber are recreated into stunning furniture and homewares with design influences that include French, rustic, Nordic and industrial, with an undertone of quirk throughout. Open Fridays and Saturdays 10-4, or by arrangement. Closed in the winter.