There is a variety of shopping options for you in New Zealand. There are shopping malls and plazas in most major suburbs.

Prices in New Zealand are fixed therefore it is not usual to bargain. Most items will be labeled with a price tag.


Woolworths, New World, Foodtown, Pack ‘n’ Save and Countdown are some of the major supermarkets.

Shopping is by self-service and goods are paid for at the ‘checkout’ before you leave. Prices vary between these stores and you should shop around for the best prices.

Asian supermarkets are also available in some suburbs and sell a large variety of Asian foods.

Opening hours

Shopping malls and most other shops are open during the following hours:

Monday - Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday & Friday 9:30am - 9pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm

Large supermarkets are open until midnight and some stay open for 24 hours

Convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and Star Mart are generally open 24 hours but prices are slightly more expensive than supermarkets.

Paying for goods

There is a variety of methods that you can use to pay for goods:

  • Cash
  • EFTPOS (using your ATM card)
  • Credit card
  • Lay-by (allows you to purchase something over a period of time but you cannot take it until it is entirely paid for).


Fresh fruit, vegetables and meat are often sold at markets at cheaper prices than the supermarket.

Markets also sell a variety of other goods such as clothing, plants, furniture etc. Each market has its own trading house. Most are only open 2-3 days per week.