Brand new: hot new shops
A round-up of Wellington's hottest new stores and galleries for you to check out.
The Merry Go Round
434 Cuba Street, Alicetown, Lower Hutt
If you need to kit out your pad, make your workplace pop or add a one-off piece of furniture to your collection, then visit The Merry Go Round on your next secondhand scavenger hunt.
Owner Sam Vaughan is passionate about salvaging and upcycling industrial furniture and light fixtures and other old or disused odds and ends. Visit his store in Alicetown, Lower Hutt to find reclaimed collectables and home decor, vintage signage, dust coats and workwear, and all manner of trash turned to treasure. Furniture fix-ups, commissions, and bespoke items also available by request.
Open 9am-5pm Saturdays or by prior arrangement.
2/16 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Wellington
There's nothing better than discovering a new good book and if you're in need of one, look no further than Good Books on Jessie Street.
Founded by Jane Arthur and Catherine Robertson, two writers who definitely know a good book from a dud, this small bookshop focuses on quality, rather than quantity. Arthur and Roberston believe that there's no place for snobbery in books - you love what you love - and the store stocks everything from fantasy to romance, memoirs to poetry, art and graphic novels, cookbooks and children's books.
Go for a browse and we guarantee you'll come across something good.
Havilah on Lombard Lane
6 Lombard Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Designing for the unapologetic women of New Zealand is Wellington’s very own Havilah Arendse.
After studying at Massey University, Havilah was one of six lucky designers picked for training programme Project Fashion in 2018. This included rigorous training to connect their label to people in the fashion industry like retailers, mentors and publications.
After struggling to find someone to stock her label she decided to take it into her own hands by creating her own retail pop-up on Lombard Lane.
Havilah on Lombard lane is a space celebrating the creatives of New Zealand as well as her own sustainable label Havilah. At the 6 month pop-up, you’ll be spoilt for choice with brands like Lay Plan, EMA Designs, Doubtless Bay Botanicals and many more.
Madame Fancy Pants in Greytown
Our favourite little boutique, Madame Fancy Pants has opened in Greytown.
Pop in and you’ll find beautiful clothing, jewellery, stationery, accessories, baby goods and a whole bunch of other types of wonderful from a range of brands and makers from around New Zealand and the world.
Look out for the wonderful mural painted by the owner that was inspired by illustrator and author Lisa Congdon ‘Change room’ fabric.
85 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Film is not dead, it’s very much alive at Splendid’s newest location on Ghuznee Street. Splendid is a boutique store specialising in analogue photography.
Shooting with film is an exciting way to capture a moment. Take a snap in the right space and you could capture a decent picture. You'll only find out if its good or not after getting your film developed.
Talk to the team about buying a camera, developing film in their lab or finding some new merchandise.
Wellington Apothecary is bigger and better
110 a Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Their neighbours left so Wellington Apothecary saw the chance to take out the wall to create a mega space for all to enjoy.
This locally-owned herbal dispensary specialises in locally-made natural remedies, botanical teas, homemade skincare and gifts. There's a strong focus on locally-made products that use high-quality organic ingredients – including cacao butter from nearby Wellington Chocolate Factory.
The new space gives them more room for consultations and exciting new workshops such as creating your own tea blend.
Cranfields on College Street
21 College street, Te Aro, Wellington
This NZ icon has launched a brand new store on College Street. Owner Nicola Cranfields uses the new space to expand the range of the main store, which first opened its doors on Lambton Quay three decades ago.
You'll find natural perfume from Amsterdam, Mongolian slippers and even French antiques. Each item at Cranfields is carefully and personally sourced with a focus on 'forever' pieces, to be enjoyed now and treasured for generations to come.
The new space stays true to Cranfields' “shop slow” ethos, while new collections give it an update from the store it was when your parents first shopped there.
21 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Nature Baby has set up their first shop outside of Auckland and it’s right here in Wellington.
This family run business has been seeking out the best natural and organic alternatives to mainstream synthetic clothing since 1998.
Their Wellington store’s interior is made with recycled fittings and peg walls from their various pop-up stores.
Give yourself enough time when you visit because they have a wide variety of cute clothing, homeware and something special for mum.
GoodFor Wholefoods Refillery
23 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Stock your pantry from head to toe without costing the earth. GoodFor has set up shop in Wellington with a sole purpose to support the cleaning of our land by making sustainable shopping accessible.
Every time you shop with them money is also donated to plant trees. If you are wanting to ditch the plastic and minimise wasteful packaging then gather your jars and containers and fill up at their store on Jessie Street.
23 College Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Looking for a present for the significant furry friend in your life? Whether it's a stylish new doggy poop bag holder, a chew toy, a birthday cake for your dog or some sunglasses for your cat (no judgement), then Smack Bang is your shop.
This boutique specialises in homewares and lifestyle products for dogs and cats 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.
115 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington
When you’re in the need of a statement piece, be it clothing, jewellery, footwear or art, pop into St Fabiola.
St Fabiola, named for the patron saint of divorced people, is an edgy boutique where owner Kirsten Sutherland edits a collection of New Zealand fashion labels, as well as art by leading New Zealand contemporary artist Fiona Pardington. Kirsten is also a talented artist herself creating detailed embroidered works – she also worked on the Hobbit trilogy as the main digital embroiderer.