Guide To Christchurch Shopping

Where to shop in and around Christchurch

The retail offering of Christchurch and the larger Canterbury region is hugely varied. In the city centre modern malls are once again taking hold after the destruction of 2011, often in new and quirky ways. Close by and further out in the country, there’s a real cascade of food markets, craft stores and artistry, each offering their own unique little taste of South Island. 

Christchurch City Centre

The Mall (Cashel Street) is the main high street featuring many of the well known New Zealand and International brands.  The street also features Ballentynes, the country's first and oldest department store. 

Close by is the Riverside Market, a popular dining hub and indoor farmers market.  It's packed full of local producers, quality shops and food options. Located at the corner of Cashel Street and Oxford Terrace, the market has become a staple for central city lunches, and a bustling evening destination.

Not far away is The Crossing, a melting pot of high-end fashion mixed with well-loved favourites such as retail giant H&M.  Strong colours within Five Lanes at The BNZ Centre creates a modern and light and ambience while you enjoy a bite to eat and explore one-of-a-kind stores.

The SALT District is a must for avid shoppers as the area is gritty and brimming with character.It's home to New Zealand fashion labels and the championing of sustainable shopping options.

Along Worcester Boulevard and close to the Botanic Gardens and Canterbury Museum, is the Christchurch Arts Centre which supports local artisans and independent retailers. The centre offers everything from gifts to stationery and clothing along with a number of food options. 

The much photographed New Regent Street is the spot to head to if you’re a fan of handcrafted jewellery, homewares and specialty shops. Crowned as New Zealand’s most beautiful street, your shopping experience will be like no other.

This little enclave of European style 90 minutes from Christchurch in the Banks Peninsula, is a favourite among shoppers both local and visiting.  The harbour town has become well known for its offering of bespoke souvenirs, arts and crafts, jewellery and art.  Much of the merchandise is handmade on site, and the pleasant atmosphere that dominates has kept buyers coming back for more.  The shopping area of Akaroa is a compact web of French influence, with streets lined with cafés and gift shops. 

Christchurch Farmers' Market

Even if you don’t want to try or buy the rich array of organic veg on offer at the Christchurch Farmer’s Market, it’s worth visiting this one just for the atmosphere.  Proudly local, the vibe is super-sociable and very welcoming. With over 80% of vendors certified as farmers within the Christchurch and Canterbury regions, you can be sure that most everything on offer is home-grown and fairly sourced. Some specialist stalls sell some interesting produce, including European breads, Steward Island salmon and even Cornish pasties.

The Canterbury Region

The larger Canterbury region is a real treasure trove of shopping gems.  For foodies, the fishing town of Kaikoura on the northern tip of South Island’s east coast is the place to buy fresh crayfish and mussels every day, while the inland town of Geraldine has become well known for its chocolates, cheeses and fruit creations.  Championing the arts and crafts culture of the Canterbury region, the towns of Cheviot, Culverden and Omarama are home to a variety of art galleries and local craft stores.