New Zealand has an excellent range of shops including award-winning fashion boutiques and big-name international chain stores.
Shops and offices are generally open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. In cities, most shops are open 7 days. Supermarkets are open daily until late.
Shops aren't necessarily grouped together in the way you might expect, and you might find some names confusing.
New Zealand has a thriving fashion industry and internationally successful designers. You’ll find fresh and original designs in inner city boutiques.
Every suburb has at least one dairy – the New Zealand version of the corner store. They stock groceries and are a handy place to pick up fresh milk, bread, ice-cream, stamps and newspapers.
Goods and services tax (GST) of 15% is included in all retail prices.
You can check your rights on the Consumer Affairs website.