Main streets and boutique lanes, there’s hidden gems tucked away in all corners of Queenstown and Wanaka. Shopping in a new town is always fun but it’s made better when you have the insider’s tips, so we’ve enlisted the fine ladies, Lizzy Wallace-Gibbs of Wallace & Gibbs, Goals and Ikon in Queenstown, and Brydon Smallbone of 47Frocks in Wanaka to help you out. Here’s your ultimate shopping guide for your ventures over the other side of the hill.
So you need to buy a gift for a friend or family member? Let’s turn it over to Lizzy and Brydon. Where is your favourite place to pick up something beautiful for a special someone?
Lizzy: I love Redcurrent, located at The Landing, Frankton. They have gorgeous wallets, bags, accessories and an array of yummy smelling candles!
Brydon: Gifted covers everyone, while I love the jewellery collection and art at Gallery Thirty Three. Check out the Wonder Room for some great cards. And if you’re really stuck, a facial gift voucher from Pure Skin Therapy.
What about homewares? Where should we go to find something that perfectly fits into a mountain abode?
Lizzy: The Barn, on Hansen Road (located next to Buzzstop Honey Centre & Café in Frankton) is a hidden gem! Beautiful bohemian style furniture and décor and cute fashion accessories and gifts as well as kids clothes.
Brydon: I love the Workroom and Tussocks.
We’re all about supporting local and this region has some incredible designers. Where should we go to source some our clever creatives?
Lizzy: Remarkables Market! Every Saturday, located on Hawthorne Drive, Frankton. It offers local and regional goodies for everyone. A combination of seasonal food, artisans, collectables, performers and more.
Clothes, clothes, clothes. Let’s hear it, where do you go to buy a gorgeous outfit?
Lizzy: Well we have such a range of brands and styles across our six stores so I don’t really shop anywhere else! Ikon is my personal favourite, the majority of my fashion wardrobe and accessories come from Ikon, or when I want to be more casual I get my leisurewear and activewear from Goals.
We all know shopping is a great source of cardio… where’s the best spot to rest those legs and refuel?
Lizzy: Slow Cuts in Arrowtown is my personal favourite. Their gourmet burgers, slow cooked meats and delicious salads are my go-to! I love the atmosphere and when the occasion calls for it, they do great inhouse craft beer on tap and yummy cocktails.
Last one, besides Wallace & Gibbs, Goals and 47 Frocks, what’s your hidden gem on either side of the Crown Range?
Lizzy: Deval Boutique in Wanaka. I want to buy everything in there! The fashion and accessories are so on trend and gorgeous and the store design and fit out is stunning.
Brydon: I always check out Angel Divine when I’m in Queenstown. I also have a problem with shoes (like, way too many of them!), so I’ll check out Issimo.