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Aside from its department stores, art galleries and fashion boutiques, Auckland is also home to a number of traditional street markets that are great fun to browse. Looking for souvenirs? Local New Zealand specialties include Polynesian handicrafts, Maori carvings, and clothing made of sheepskin or lamb's wool.

Go shopping along Queen Street, the city's major hub for fashion, restaurants and cafes. Those interested learning about New Zealand's fashion designers should make sure to visit Smith & Caughey's, the city's main department store, and Vulcan Lane (between Queen Street and O'Donnell), where many of its most interesting boutiques are clustered.

The Otara Markets, held every Saturday morning, are one of the country's largest outdoor markets. Offerings include jewelry, clothes, arts and crafts, and fresh produce.

Nearing the end of a massive refurbishment project, Victoria Park Market has nearly 100 shops housed in a historic building and is a hot spot for souvenirs, clothing, and arts and crafts. It's within walking distance of central Auckland.

For upscale boutiques, antique shops and Auckland's largest art gallery precinct, visit the Parnell neighborhood. The shops are framed by historic buildings and lovely parks.

Ponsonby is often considered the base of Auckland's creative class, with its numerous art galleries, cafes and upmarket shops. Specialties include housewares and clothing.
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