Fodor's Expert Review Merivale Mall
North of the city center, Merivale Mall has a range of classy boutiques and stores. Try Quinns for women's clothing and Bella Silver for jewelry; Copper and Pink for edgy homeware pieces, Rouche features big-name New Zealand designers, Robyn Pierre has beautiful shoes and handbags, and well-known fashion names Storm,Witchery, Kimberleys, and Max are all here, too. Outside on Papanui Road and surrounding streets the design stores and restaurants continue. You can also pick up a delicious takeaway meal and a bottle of wine from Traiteur (on the corner of Aikmans Road). You can also buy chopping boards here, an interesting souvenir of the city, crafted from wood from homes demolished in the earthquakes.