Shops, shops, shops. In Queenstown the stores are open all day and much of the evening, 365 days of the year. Look for designer clothing, contemporary arts, jewellery and homeware.
Buying recreational equipment such as skis, snowboards, kayaks and mountaineering gear is an adventure in itself in Queenstown. Outfitting stores here qualify as adult toyshops, and the clothing is both functional and fashionable.
There are passionate retailers who draw together collections of the best New Zealand designs.