Best places to find a gift or souvenir
Whether you're looking for a special present for someone or a little something for yourself to remind you of the amazing time you had in Wellington, these are some of our favourite shops that specialise in objects that have that unique sense of Wellington.
110a Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
The smell of essentials oils is heavenly as you walk into Wellington Apothecary – sandalwood, lavender and something you can’t quite put your finger on. This locally-owned herbal dispensary specialises in locally-made natural remedies, botanical teas, homemade skincare and gifts. There’s a focus on locally-made products that use high-quality organic ingredients – including cacao butter from nearby Wellington Chocolate Factory. The friendly team offer free advice or you can book a consultation with one of the qualified herbalists in the onsite clinic.
118 Cuba Mall, Te Aro, Wellington
Iko Iko is a treasure trove of trinkets, from pretty things for your home, to interesting books on design, Iko Iko is full of the things you may not need, but just must have. Their window displays change regularly and are a riot of colour and fun – themes which continue in-store. There’s a great range of gift cards, perfect for marking the traditional through to the non-traditional occasions. It’s the kind of place that people of all ages will be into and it’s a great place for a browse.
Yvette Edwards: The Studio
9a Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Walking into The Studio, you'll often find a pretty, floral mess on the floor from the latest wedding or commercial installation Yvette and her team are creating. The Studio is a botanical studio where you can discover new and interesting house plants, buy bunches of flowers and get advice from the incredibly knowledgeable owner and floral stylist, Yvette Edwards. The in-store ‘Bloom Bar’ offers flowers by the stem to allow customers to create their own bouquet or to just purchase a few favourite stems.
The Dowse Art Museum Gift Shop
45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt
There’s nothing like a good art museum gift shop and The Dowse’s is a very good example of its kind. Located in the museum foyer, Mine is a boutique art and design shop that stocks a range of quality handcrafted objects made by local and New Zealand makers. There’s also some fantastic international design products and a range of good art magazines. There’s a wonderful selection of handmade ceramics and jewellery and all purchases support The Dowse Art Museum and its programmes.
17 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington
In a beautiful light-filled space on Tory Street, Smack Bang is boutique specialising in homewares and lifestyle products for dogs and their humans. For store owner Amelia the inspiration for Smack Bang was prompted by not being able to find unique and trendy dog accessories for her own beloved pooches. From leopard hoodies to chunky knit merino throws, aesthetically-pleasing dog bowls and leashes, this is the perfect place for treating yourself and your four-legged friends.
City Gallery Wellington Shop
Te Ngākau Civic Square, Wellington
Located in the heart of Civic Square, City Gallery Wellington is a must-visit, and so is their gift shop. It has a beautifully curated line-up of goodies for the art-and-design-lover who loves to shop; pore over award-winning art and design books, discover activities and toys for creative kids and find the perfect gift among the selection of New Zealand-made homewares and jewellery. You can feel good about your purchases too, as all proceeds go towards helping to support the gallery’s exhibition and events programme.
Tea Pea Home
1 Grey Street, Te Aro, Wellington
With two colourful stores bursting with colour, tactile textiles and beautiful objects, it’s hard not to feel a surge of happiness when you walk into Tea Pea Home. The independent homewares brand is owned and run by Meg and Scott McMillan and the couple work hard to bring together a curated collection of independent brands and designs from New Zealand and around the world. Tea Pea Home prides itself on outstanding customer service and will happily help you find the perfect gift or something special for your home.
19 Allen Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Kura Gallery features traditional and contemporary Māori carving, original artworks, innovative design, unique jewellery, furniture and genuine pounamu (greenstone). The gallery is passionate about supporting the growth of Māori and New Zealand art and design and represents both established and emerging Māori and New Zealand artists. Located in the Courtenay Place precinct, Kura is great place to purchase a gift or a souvenir and they offer an international and national packaging and delivery service.
Te Papa Store
55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Find some taonga (treasure) for you to take home or to give to a friend at Te Papa Store located on the ground floor of the museum. The store is known for its great range of contemporary New Zealand jewellery made by some of New Zealand’s best-loved jewellers. There’s a fantastic range of New Zealand books ranging from history to cooking, art to sports biographies. There’s a wonderful range of postcards and cards featuring artwork and taonga from the museum’s collection.
103 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Owned and run by local artist Melina Martin, Made It stocks her own range of art-based products plus a hand-picked selection of hand-made and high-quality objects made by over 65 different small and independent businesses from around Aotearoa. From clothing to jewellery to beauty products and homewares, Made It provides an easy way to support New Zealand makers and get a unique object that has a wonderful story behind it.