Downtown Dunedin is a great place to check out and purchase some of New Zealand’s renowned fashion labels from top local designers while meandering through the exclusive boutique fashion stores in the main shopping area around Princes and George Streets.
Many of Dunedin’s home-grown talent is internationally recognised on the catwalks and catalogues of the world, including up and coming talent such as Nom*D, Tanya Carlson, Akimbo, Ivy and Toni Darling to name just a few!
Dunedin is known as the fashion capital of New Zealand and is proud to produce so many talented original garment designers – this is where you can purchase a truly original ‘one-off’ clothing item that will be much admired when worn anywhere else in the world!
The fashion conscious buyer should ensure they check out such stores as Aduki, which is one of Dunedin’s premium designer boutique stores for a unique blend of fashion, art and design. Tanya Carlson is a Dunedin designer with her own label and has developed a reputation for exceptional tailoring and stunning detail for women’s clothing, while the discerning man should make a visit to the Elusiv Shop for stylish men’s clothing with a Kiwi twist, including funky male jewellery.
However, if your clothing tastes or budget don’t quite stretch to designer clothes then don’t despair as there are plenty of other nifty, unique shops offering original Kiwiana that wont break the bank account! Of course you will also find plenty of New Zealand and international chain store brands, such as Hallensteins, Glassons, Michael Hill Jeweller, etc, all offering fabulous clothing and fashion items at reasonable prices.
An iconic Dunedin company, Arthur Barnett department store was established in 1903 and offers a range of quality cosmetics, lingerie, fashion and accessories, children’s wear, casual living, home linens, appliances, furnishings and luggage.
Of course it isn’t just fashion clothing that attracts shoppers into the heart of Dunedin! Make sure you visit the fabulous Jan McLean Originals store to view (and purchase) the beautiful porcelain dolls crafted by this talented Dunedin doll-maker.
Bob Wyber Contemporary Jewellery store is located in Stuart Street, Dunedin, however you will find his unique work showcased at various locations around New Zealand. If you are looking for some stunning New Zealand jewellery that is one of a kind or of limited series then look no further! Bob claims that much of his inspiration comes from the shapes, forms, textures and colours of the South Island environment. He works in sterling silver, copper, gold, pounamu (greenstone), paua and Queensland boulder opal. His work is individually hand made using simple, traditional hand tools and techniques.
Art lovers will not be disappointed either when visiting Dunedin city! There are plenty of fabulous and original art galleries featuring Dunedin and New Zealand artists, with most of the work on display for sale. Galleries such as Milford Gallery feature solo and group exhibitions in painting, sculpture, glass, ceramic and photographer. Koru NZ Art & Jade is another great spot to visit as well as Dunedin Public Art Gallery for some of New Zealand’s finest art on display.
While Dunedin can boast to an impressive array of specialist stores, you can still easily find shops for your everyday and general requirements, including pharmacy shops, hairdressers, florists, music stores, travel agents, supermarket, banks, post office, photography, etc. There is also a great multi-level shopping mall that boasts over 40 speciality stores and an international food court.
Major credit cards are accepted in most shops along with banks that can assist with changing travellers’ cheques and foreign currency.