Shopping Walking Tour in Wellington, Wellington (Self Guided)

Wellington can satisfy almost any shopping desire with its huge variety of shops. You can find fantastic and unique items here. For instance, there are many local designer shops where you will find stylists who can help you create your own specific wardrobe. This self-guided tour will lead you through the best shops in Wellington.
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Shopping Walking Tour in Wellington Map

Guide Name: Shopping Walking Tour in Wellington
Guide Location: New Zealand » Wellington (See other walking tours in Wellington)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: vickyc
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Clarrie Gibbons Ltd.

1) Clarrie Gibbons Ltd.

This tobacconist is located in the center of Wellington, in the Post Office Square. Here you can find Cuban, Dominican, Dutch, and many other kinds of cigars. There are also such special items as boxes of Amigos, pipes, pouches, lighters, and cigarette cases.
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Partridge Jewelers

2) Partridge Jewelers

Partridge Jewelers in Wellington makes original handmade jewelry and watches using diamonds, pearls, gold, and platinum. They have five generations of experience in this field behind them. Partridge also offers a wide range of jewelry, watches and accessories made by New Zealand masters and leading international jewelery houses.

Operation hours: Monday – Thursday 9 am – 5.30 pm; Friday 9 am – 6:30 pm; Saturday 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday & Public Holidays 11 am – 4 pm.
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Old Bank Shopping Arcade

3) Old Bank Shopping Arcade

Old Bank Shopping Arcade is located in a building that was previously occupied by the Bank of New Zealand. The buildings original design belong to Thomas Turnbull. Opened in 1999, the arcade has exclusive boutiques, many of them owned by local New Zealand designers. You will also see an animated clock that tells the historical story of Plimmer's Ark. There are cafes and restaurants too.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Stewart Dawsons

4) Stewart Dawsons

Stewart Dawsons is a famous jewelry master with a reputation for quality. The store sells the best classic jewelry in Wellington. Being in this shop feels like being in an oriental fairytale cave full of treasure. You can buy gold jewelry with pearls and diamonds. Also there are the latest watches for both men and women.
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Avid Gallery

5) Avid Gallery

The City Gallery Wellington is an art gallery in Wellington. It was first opened in 1980 in a different building.

City Gallery mounts a changing programme of exhibitions and does not have a collection.

The education programmes focuses on delivery to primary and secondary schools in the Wellington region and nationally.

The facade of the building features ‘Fault’ an artwork by Bill Culbert and Ralph Hotere, which was launched in 1994.

Built in 1940 in an Art Deco style, the gallery's current building originally housed the Wellington Public Library - replacing the original red brick City Library building of 1893. In 1991 the Library moved into a new ‎Wellington Public Library next door.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday 10 am - 3 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Unity Books

6) Unity Books

Unity Books is considered by locals as the best book shop where one can find books about New Zealand written by New Zealanders. It is not a big shop, even though it has been in existence since 1967. There are many rare books that are difficult to find, and small publications by writers and universities. This shop is for those who want to buy something related to the literary culture of New Zealand.

Operation hours: Monday - Thursday 9 am – 6 pm; Friday 9 am – 7 pm; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am – 5 pm.
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Voon

7) Voon

Voon will astonish you with its incredibly feminine clothes. The shop carries the name of its owner Sophie Voon. Here, you can buy clothes made only from beautiful and luxurious materials and designed in extravagant style. The staff is well trained and can help you choose things in which you will look your best and stand out in a crowd.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 11:30 pm - 4 pm.
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Iko Iko Gift Shop

8) Iko Iko Gift Shop

Iko Iko is a gift shop where you can find gifts for all tastes. It is a small funky gift shop with moderate prices. There is a bit of everything: jewels, houseware, toys, and other very unusual things made in New Zealand, some of them handmade. Iko Iko offers its customers gifts and souvenirs that are both funny and practical.

Operation hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30 am - 6 pm; Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm; Friday 9:30 am - 7 pm; Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm.
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Hunters and Collectors

9) Hunters and Collectors

At Hunters and Collectors you can find new and used items. There are modern things, street and punk clothes, leather goods, accessories and jewelry. They not only sell, but also buy. It is one of the most popular vintage shops in New Zealand and is definitely a place to visit.

Operation hours: Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm; Friday: 10 am - 7 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 5:30 am; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm.
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Regional Wines & Spirits

10) Regional Wines & Spirits

At Regional Wines & Spirits one can buy original New Zealand alcoholic beverages such as wines and ales. They have a long practice in making wines and offer only the best. Everyone can find his favorite New Zealand wine from the wide selection of wines the shop has in its cellars. Among its top wines are: Te Mata Coleraine, Escarpment Pinot Noir Kupe, Chapoutier Ermitage Pavillon.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday 9 am - 10 pm; Sunday & Public Holidays 11 am - 7.30 pm.

Walking Tours in Wellington, New Zealand

Create Your Own Walk in Wellington

Create Your Own Walk in Wellington

Creating your own self-guided walk in Wellington is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Wellington: Petone Walking Tour

Wellington: Petone Walking Tour

Petone is the landing point of the first settlers to New Zealand. The distance from Petone to Wellington is about 10 km. The road leading there lies along the bay, offering splendid views. Petone is an exciting destination with several museums and churches. You can also take a walk on the wonderful pier. This self-guided tour will lead you through this historic region of Wellington.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Art Galleries Walking Tour of Wellington

Art Galleries Walking Tour of Wellington

Wellington is considered the artistic capital of New Zealand. You will find many art galleries with amazing, mysterious and challenging displays. The collections are mainly of contemporary art. Take the tour below to visit some of the best art galleries in Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Museums Walking Tour of Wellington

Museums Walking Tour of Wellington

Wellington has several museums that offer a deep understanding of the culture and traditions of its people. This self-guided tour will lead you through the museums of Wellington, museums which reveal the history and culture of New Zealand.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Churches Walking Tour of Wellington

Churches Walking Tour of Wellington

When immigrants first arrived in New Zealand they brought their beliefs. Most of the first settlers were Christians. The second church built in Wellington, in 1855, still stands today and is a great historic site. This self-guided tour will help you explore the churches and other religious monuments of Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Wellington, jokingly referred to as "Windy Wellington" for the strong winds blowing across the Cook Strait, is also said to be the “coolest little capital in the world”. The list of the local sights drawing tourists to the city in their thousands is long – from Lambton Quay with its iconic red Wellington Cable Car to Te Papa (the Museum of New Zealand) to Civic Square, home to the...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Wellington: Mount Victoria and Its Surroundings Walking Tour

Wellington: Mount Victoria and Its Surroundings Walking Tour

Mount Victoria is a hill, 196 meters high, in Wellington. It offers incredible views of the sea and the city, and there are some very popular attractions at its foot. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most special places of this part of Wellington.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Wellington for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Wellington has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Wellington, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.