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T+L's Definitive Guide to Auckland

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Five one-of-a-kind boutiques across the city.

Department Store: Stylist Stephen Marr and fashion designers Karen Walker and Dan Gosling are the brains behind Auckland’s version of Colette, in Paris, or Dover Street Market, in London: independent labels such as Lemlem and 3.1 Phillip Lim mix with Walker’s own line and those of other Australasians. Home accessories by the ceramicist Simon James are also on offer, as is a small edit of TopShop pieces each season.

Zambesi: A Ponsonby Road classic, designer Elizabeth Findlay’s one-room boutique stocks clean-lined, deconstructed pieces for men and women that recall Helmut Lang or Rick Owens: draped cottons and linens in greige and shades of ebony. A well-curated collection of shoes and boots rounds out the picture.

Flotsam & Jetsam: Cameron Woodcock’s funky merchandising style belies the blue-chip quality of many of the goods at this antiques and ephemera emporium. You’ll find vintage gardening books and eclectic furniture, Fiesta Dinnerware and photographs with serious provenance, and much more in the multiroom space.

Father Rabbit: Devotees of Restoration Hardware won’t want to miss the impeccably ordered housewares here, including vintage wooden cutting boards, southern-French crockery, and white enamel cookware.

World: This hodgepodge of own-brand clothing for both sexes (think a little Paul & Joe, a little Theory), jewelry, and, um, taxidermy (a fetish of the owners) is a longtime Auckland favorite.

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