Dec 18 2014

Wynyard Quarter doesn’t immediately spring to mind as a shopping destination, but you can easily team a relaxing day strolling the waterfront and tick off much of your Christmas shopping at the same time. Sanity retained? Check!

Below are three of our picks for Christmas shopping in Wynyard Quarter.

Boat Books
22 Westhaven Drive

The premier boating book retailer in New Zealand, Boat Books were the neighbourhood long before it was a popular destination. With stacks of great books for young adventurers and sailors in the making, Boat Books has a large range of maritime related fiction and biographies as well as books to teach essential sailing skills. 
For the armchair adventurer our pick is South Sea Vagabonds by Johnny Wray. Celebrating 75 years since its original publication this tale of life on the high seas is fast becoming a kiwi classic.

Silo Markets
Silo Park

The Silo Markets are alive with the vibes of a kiwi Christmas this December. It’s your one stop shop for curious crafts lovingly made by local creatives, quirky stocking fillers and retro finds. Open 5pm – late this Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 12noon – 6pm and right alongside the Silo Park Bar and Food trucks, reward yourself with a bite to eat and a cool beverage once shopping is complete.

Te Wero Island, Viaduct

Looking for a gift with a lower impact on the environment? Rekindle has a delightful pop-up open daily on Te Wero Island until 23rd of December. The shipping container store is showcasing a variety of products for Christchurch and Auckland designers made from wasted materials. From planters, clothing, furniture, jewellery, books and Christmas tree decorations made from timber offcuts.

Not only showcasing beautiful goods, the Rekindle pop-up encourages visitors to think about opportunities waste minimisation brings to Auckland’s development, environment and culture.

Shopping in the future

Over the next few years townhouses, apartments and office space will develop in the central area of Wynyard Quarter. Connecting these spaces will be a network of laneways that will act as the veins of the new neighbourhood. The ground floor spaces of these laneways are expected to feature shops, galleries and cafes as well as essential community facilities like a doctor, dentist and hair salon.

While this won’t quite be ready for next year’s Christmas shopping, over the next few year’s we expect to see a quirky and sustainable retail offering establish in the Quarter.