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48 hours of retail therapy in Wellington

With its compact CBD, Wellington is a very walkable city which makes it a dream location for a shopping weekend. Brunch, shop, coffee, shop, lunch, shop, wine, dinner. Repeat. Sound like your idea of a dream weekend? Read on.

Friday 

Arrive in Wellington in the early evening and check into your inner-city hotel.

Take a stroll from your hotel to the Cuba Quarter for dinner at Highwater Eatery on lower Cuba Street - a chic inner-city eatery serving flavoursome seasonal food with nearly everything made in-house. 

After dinner, head to The Library to listen to some live music and have a cocktail. 

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Breakfast at Two Grey

Saturday

Before hitting the shops in the Lambton Quarter, go for brunch at Two Grey for stylishly presented plates of fashionable food set against a backdrop of dazzling pendant lighting and lush black brick tiles.

After brunch, walk a few doors down to Trelise Cooper for the designer's signature sumptuously colourful designs in a luxurious retail space.

Stop in at nearby Dyrberg/Kern which won the Judge's Choice Award at last year’s Welly Loves WOW Window Dressing Competition – if you’re visiting during WOW season, be sure to check out this year's window display and their collection of Danish designer jewellery.

 

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Trelise Cooper on Featherston Street

Wellington’s premier all-in-one shopping destination, David Jones is a must-visit. Spend some time at the beauty counters downstairs before heading upstairs for collections of local, New Zealand and international designers.

Once you've worked up an appetite with all of this retail action, head to Press Hall on Willis Street - an upmarket, vibrant food court showcasing the best flavours of Wellington – from freshly made pasta to vegan bowls and salads, Mexican to bao buns.

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No shopping weekend in Wellington is complete without a visit to David Jones

After lunch, take a wander back down Willis Street to check out independent book store Unity Books, then hit the Old Bank Arcade for boutique shopping in a beautiful converted historic bank on Lambton Quay.  

Head back to your hotel for a rest before you head to World of WearableArt Awards Show (in your brand-new, purchased that afternoon outfit, perhaps?) 

Grab a pre-show bite - many eateries around town offer pre-show menus, including some special WOW-themed menus. Located conveniently close to TSB Arena, Charley Noble specialises in wood-fired cooking with local ingredients, plus an award-winning drinks menu.


 

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Start your Sunday with breakfast at Floriditas on Cuba Street

Sunday

Have a leisurely Sunday brunch at Floriditas on Cuba Street - their eggs, eggs and more eggs breakfast menu is a Wellington institution.

After breakfast, explore the Cuba Quarter and drop into Caughley for timeless, ageless women's fashion with an edge presided over by the charismatic Rachel Caughley, who’s always up for a yarn.

Check out Precinct 35’s carefully curated homewares and furniture store, sourcing goods from locally and abroad.

Take a short walk to ENA for garments by emerging local and international designers from New Zealand and beyond in a light and super cool space on Ghuznee Street.

Pop across the road to twenty-seven names for Wellington designed and made fashion – expect playful patterns and covetable collections.

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Homewares heaven at The Axe's airport store

Head to the airport a little earlier than you ordinarily would – Wellington Airport is no ordinary airport! Featuring fantastic food and shopping, it’s almost a destination in its own right.

Go for lunch at Whisky Lima Golf at Wellington Airport – featuring classics like club sandwiches and fish and chips done well.

Then hit the airport shops – from The Axe, to 3 Wise Men, Icebreaker, M.A.C. counter, Trenery and Witchery – just make sure you don’t get too carried away and miss your plane.

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Whisky Lima Golf

Best places to stay for a shopping weekend 

Centrally-located with plenty of wardrobe space for your new purchases, here's our pick of the best hotels for your retail therapy weekend in the capital.