Brand new: hot new shops
Just opened and ready for you to check out, here's a round-up of Wellington's best new stores and galleries
Orient: Homewares & Gifts
29b College Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Filled with stunning modern Asian homewares, this store is a space to go for inspiration and to spend some time being surrounded by beautiful objects - and to enjoy a snack or meal at the on-site eatery, Orient Cafe.
After an expansion in 2021, Orient now has an even bigger range. With everything from handmade bath and body products, hand-blended teas, baby and children's products, artwork, furniture, and of course, the amazing range of Japanese ceramics they have become known for. Asian Food Republic goodies are made on-site. They make a great gift for the foodie in your life – and buy a reusable Japanese furoshiki wrapping cloth to wrap it in instead of paper.
97 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington
What happens when an artist and a yoga instructor decide to open a business together? The answer is YoGallery, a yoga studio and art gallery hybrid on Ghuznee Street.
Trained yoga and pilates instructor Katie Christie has many years of teaching experience, while designer and artist Tim Christie has exhibited his work around the world. At YoGallery, Tim curates exhibitions of his collection of paintings, weavings, prints, and light works. Alongside the art, Katie runs Now Yoga classes aimed at all levels of yoga experience.
The Axe Victoria Street
82A Victoria Street, Wellington Central
Newtown’s very own The Axe has expanded to Wellington central, on Victoria Street.
Known for their large range of homeware, furniture and personal care products. The Axe’s new store is located in the perfect spot for a lunch time browse.
Stop in and say hi to the team, who are always happy to help you find a gift for a special occasion or for yourself.
30 Ghuznee Street Te Aro, Wellington
KAUKAU brings together, contemporary art and design under one roof.
Established by Nadya France-White (formerly ENA) and Prak Sritharan (formerly Precinct 35). They've created a space that highlights evolving makers, designers, and artists that they've worked with previously.
With a mix of objects, whare items, clothing, accessories, and art in the store - there's a variety of creative goods that'll tick your shopping list off, in one spot.
52 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington
The boutique store houses a range of luxury brands handpicked from across the globe.
LUC’s clothing label is also in-store and drops only four collections per year.
Founded in 2021, LUC has a growing collection of labels focusing on clean consumer-conscious processes throughout the production line.
Mrs Blackwell's Village Bookshop
93 Main Street, Greytown
The first bookshop to open in Greytown in over 20 years, Mrs. Blackwell's is a new chapter in the history of Greytown’s readers and bookshops. Fitting for a village known for its old-world charm, Mrs. Blackwell's feels like stepping foot into a bookshop in a storybook - albeit with modern touches, like the stylish glass pendant lighting overhead. Blackwell's stocks a wide array of books, from arts and crafts to business, and biographies.
Since opening in late 2020, Blackwell's has made headlines for having a queue of eager bookworm customers stretching out the front door.
20 Bond Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Alpha60 has made its way to Wellington. The Melbourne label was launched in Australia as part of the Vivienne Westwood retrospective which has lead them to opening a range of stores across Australia and New Zealand.
They focus on classic styles with a bit of a unique flair which really shows in the garments they offer. Ensuring that their customers get the best quality goods that are sophisticated and quirky at the same time, they supply a range of styles from a solid black skirt to a bold colour dress or a patterned pant - they sell it all.
Food Court Books
84 Constable Street, Newtown, Wellington
Food Court Books specialises in small press and independently published books and zines. Founders, Carolyn DeCarlo, and Jackson Nieuwland, are passionate about introducing readers to new and unfamiliar books that might not be available elsewhere. The majority of their stock is comprised of New Zealand books, but they also have a small but exciting collection of international titles.
As well as being a bookshop, Food Court Books provides a workspace for local writers and hosts events. Including book launches, workshops, panels, and a book club. Visitors can expect to be greeted by customer service superstar, Dora the greyhound.
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. The store stocks everything from fantasy to romance, memoirs to poetry, art, and graphic novels, cookbooks, and children's books.
Havilah on Cuba Street
221 Cuba 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 the 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 is a space celebrating the creatives of New Zealand as well as her own sustainable label Havilah. You’ll be spoilt for choice with brands like Lay Plan, EMA Designs, Doubtless Bay Botanicals, and many more.
Madame Fancy Pants in Greytown
92 Main Street, Greytown
Our favourite little Wellington 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.
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