Clarion Suites Ambassador
92 Ulster Street
Phone: (64) 7 839 5111
Fax: (64) 7 839 5104
Wild Pair specializes in style with attitude for the young at heart including guys, gals and drag queens. There are feathers, leathers, sparkles and color. Shoes are a specialty, some with ultra-stacked soles, and the funky clothes have plenty of soul too. American retro and sub-continental influenced accessories are also sold. A Wild Card is available for Wild Club membership.
There are more than 100 stores here, as well as a food court. The center is divided into South, North, and West Malls, and a West Plaza. A Foodtown supermarket is in the South Mall, and a Farmers department store in the North. The food court is in the Eastern area. The central area has a mezzanine floor, where a few businesses and the library operate, and a huge stained glass window. There are plenty of ATM's, public transport, and free parking. The southern motorway and Rainbow's End amusement park are in very close proximity.
As you would probably expect, everything in this store is made, or grown, in New Zealand. For a very good selection of quality sheepskin, lambskin, and possumdown products-this is the place. They also sell edible items (New Zealand chocolates, cookies, honey, wine, and sweets), clothing (ties, belts, All Black memorabilia, and Swandris) and other assorted souvenirs (wooden items, stuffed toys, skincare products, Maori carvings, postcards, teaspoons, jewelery, and key rings). Conveniently located opposite the departure gates and adjacent to the food court.
This store sells locally made art and souvenirs. They have hand-painted t-shirts, framed art, paintings, carvings, ceramics, candles, wooden clocks, posters, glassware, and other souvenir pieces. The staff are very friendly and welcoming to any visitors, and only too happy to help with any inquiries. This is the ideal place to pick up a last minute gift with a distinctive New Zealand flavor. The shop is conveniently located next to the food court and close to the departure gates.
Woolworths supermarkets promote themselves as sellers of "real fresh food". Their large clean, bright stores offer good wine selections; a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers; breads from their in-house bakery; meat prepared in their butchery, and a wide range of dry and frozen goods at competitive prices. Staff pack customers' groceries and free parking is provided. Customers can also order goods through their web site and have these home delivered.
One of the largest secondhand bookshops in the North Island is the Hard to Find bookshop. Having a nationwide stock of 200,000 quality secondhand books, it indeed is the best! They stock books on almost any subject you care to name: psychology, the arts, history, the military, exploration, literary criticism, rare books, car manuals, hunting, limited editions...the list can just go on. They are always on the lookout for quality books to buy as well. So if you have anything interesting which is of no need to you, head this way!
Ellerslie Wine Cellars offers a complete selection of New Zealand wines from inexpensive to pricey. The staff know their product and willingly share their knowledge of not only their collection of New Zealand wines, but imported wines as well. They take pride in their broad range of beer offered at competitive prices, as well as spirits. Ellerslie is a don't-miss stop when it comes to good value. Nearby parking makes a stop at Ellerslie easy.
Up-to-date fashion for the fuller figure is the theme of this store. Streetwear and daywear are the specialities in sizes from 14 to 26. Most of the gear is designed by store owner Karen Leckey, and she also features New Zealand label Cashews. The store has a devoted following from all over New Zealand, Australia and has also been discovered by many international tourists, especially American women.
Heritage House Antiques is a specialized antique store. Head here to find the best fine china and porcelain. All of the top names (Royal Albert, Royal Doulton, Wedgewood, Spode, and many more) are represented here. As you step gingerly from display to display, remember that much of the stock is "museum quality" and costs a bundle. But, have fun anyway. Located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Auckland.
With a lot of fine furniture, interior furnishings, paintings, and fine china and porcelain pieces, this antique store is aimed at the well-heeled shopper, however, anyone can appreciate the quality of workmanship on display from ages past. Worth a look, even if it is only a look. The store is well presented and the staff are well-informed. Located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Auckland.
This self-described "smallest department store in the world" is more of an emporium, and it seems to have a little bit of everything. Part of the Blockhouse Bay township, 20 minutes from Auckland, it is close to a number of other shops including a post office, a hardware store, and banks. It stocks tools, toys and games, a good selection of luggage, and a lot of other odds and ends. Well worth a look.
Upon entering this antique store, you can pick their specialty from the smell-timber. They have a lot of big solid wooden furniture, it is all top quality and will last for many years to come. There is also a limited selection of old china and porcelain, and assorted cushions. Situated in the midst of the Epsom antique district-15 minutes from downtown Auckland.