Fodor's Expert Review Ballantynes
Established in 1854 as New Zealand's first department store, Ballantynes is an institution in the South Island. Far from allowing its traditions to slow it down, it has morphed into a world-class shopping experience with some of the best New Zealand and international designer brand names all under one roof. Allow plenty of time to browse the racks and shelves, where you will find everything from the latest trends, from designer concept-store items to New Zealand gifts and wine, to the very best crystal and china. When you need a break there are two cafés and a wine bar. They also have a store at the departure lounge of Christchurch Airport, where you can pick up your purchases and take advantage of tax-exempt shopping.