New Zealand is a very unusual destination when it comes
to shopping. The country's isolation - formed by two
islands very far from the continent - means that
products from other places have high transport costs,
which makes prices on the shelves and stores a lot more
expensive. At the same time, high import prices have
helped New Zealand to be extremely efficient and
creative in local production, which helps to make
products offered to residents cheaper. If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage men's coats.
In New Zealand
stores, it is common to find local products such as
clothing (mainly for adventure and winter), various
foods (many cheeses and organics), design pieces and, of
course, wines and beers! Yes! The country is a major
producer of wines and craft beers, so invest in some
shopping to accompany meals during the trip.
The main shopping destinations for those who really
want to invest are the big cities, such as Auckland,
Wellington (capital), Chistchurch and Queenstown, which
despite not being so big, are extremely touristy and
therefore have many stores, especially adventure sports.
Supermarkets in New Zealand
Anyone traveling by car, campervan or motorhome
across New Zealand will certainly need to make stops at
supermarkets to replenish the refrigerator and stockpile
of food. Large supermarkets are found only in larger
cities, so take advantage whenever you pass one of them.
Many are located on the side of the roads, but the ideal
is to search the locomotion apps (like Google Maps) or
the location of campsites that also offer gas stations
and supermarkets (like Rankers and Camper Mate). So you
will be sure to have a market close to your destination.
Good options for supermarket chains found throughout the
country are Countdown, New
World and Super Value.
In smaller cities, it is common to have small grocery
stores and convenience stores, as well as gas stations.
The offer is not so great, but it will certainly supply
the basic needs until reaching a larger market. Among
the most popular grocery stores is Four Square,
which impresses because it always appears at that time
when you are looking for it most.
Supermarkets in New Zealand are very familiar to
Brazilians. The products are similar and it will not be
difficult to find good options for meals. Invest in the
local cheeses, which are super cheap, and the delicious
granolas from the region (it sounds like a joke, but
they are really exceptional). If you are traveling in a
campervan or motorhome, do not forget to buy hygiene
products and also some utensils that will make life
easier on a daily basis, such as disposable cups and
plates, products for quick cleaning, ziplock bags and
foods that don't smoke too much. or they smell very
strongly. The clothes inside the campervan will thank
If you are a lover of local markets, it is worth
looking for the agenda of the cities that will be on the
itinerary and see the days when the farmers markets
in the region will take place. New Zealand invests
a lot in fresh produce and the street markets are great
for doing some shopping for meals. It is also worth
watching at the side of the roads, where producers leave
small stalls with products for sale, such as vegetables,
fruits, vegetables and eggs. You just need to stop on
the road, choose what you want and leave the equivalent
money in the box. Everything with no one to control.
Take your change correctly and leave happy with your
fresh product for the next meal! See New
Zealand's farmers markets agenda.