Our Guide to the Best Shopping in Christchurch

Publish Date: 30 March, 2023

If you are planning a stay in our boutique hotel in Christchurch, there are a lot of different activities and attractions for you to check out, including great shopping. The garden city is home to various shopping options, including high-end and budget-friendly choices. Read our guide to the best shopping in Christchurch below and shop until you drop!


Salt District 

Christchurch's Salt District (named because it's the Southern ALTernative to the CBD) is a trendy and characterful area full of funky shops for funky people. Explore clothing shops with Kiwi-made goodness, such as KILT, WORLD, and much more. The Salt District is known for being gritty, friendly, and highly creative, and that is reflected in the awesome shopping experience you'll have here!


The Tannery 

The Tannery is a stunning shopping destination located 10 minutes from the CBD. Set in Christchurch's historic tannery building built in 1874, the Tannery boasts over 50 owner-operated and specialist shops; there are no chain stores at this shopping destination! If you're after unique shopping in Christchurch, the Tannery offers the ultimate boutique shopping experience. It's the perfect place to find thoughtful gifts for loved ones.  


The Arts Centre

If you're after boutique shops with high-quality, handcrafted, and sustainable products, you must check out the Arts Centre on Worcester Boulevard. Whether you're looking for Aotearoa New Zealand-made homeware and gifts or specialist denim, workwear, and heritage brands unavailable anywhere else in New Zealand, you can find it all at the Arts centre.


Nifty Markets

If you are a lover of vintage and second-hand clothing, you must check out the Nifty markets, along with their permanent store on Cashel Street. The Nifty markets began in 2018 and are held every few months. Sellers from around Ōtautahi and beyond come to sell their awesome second-hand clothing. In October 2022, the team opened their store, so you can score vintage goodness (along with a curated selection of locally made products) whenever you want! Pop into the store or check the Nifty socials to find out when the next market day will be!


The Crossing

The Crossing is known as the retail heart of Christchurch, and it's easy to see why. This precinct includes everything from retail giants like H&M to high-end boutiques and luxury brands. The 2011 earthquakes provided an opportunity to redesign the area. Heritage facades, cutting-edge architecture, enticing laneways, and open public spaces now make up this fantastic shopping area.


Book Your Stay in Christchurch

If you're ready to discover the best shopping in Christchurch, it's time to book your stay at Fable Christchurch! Centred in the vibrant city of Christchurch, we welcome you with open arms. Fable Christchurch sets the new standard for luxury hotels in NZ, with exceptional customer experience at every turn. Whether you're looking for an exciting city escape or a night in the lap of luxury, our restaurant, features, and facilities make for a simple yet sophisticated stay. Get in touch today to book.