It had been many years since I had travelled this far south, and it was a perfectly clear day to take in the snow-capped mountains and beautiful lakes that showcase all that is Queenstown. I can see why so many people are drawn to this part of New Zealand. I felt like a tourist in my own country, as everyone seemed to have an accent of some description. It was a slightly odd feeling.
It won’t be surprising to find that retail is not the reason to visit Queenstown. Other than the usual chain stores including Max, Glassons and Overland, I was happy to just wander around and soak up the sun and stunning views. However I did find 2 stores that definitely tempted me with their selection of clothes, accessories and tableware. Seletti Boutique offers predominantly Australian clothing designers and a homewares range from Italy. Cheap Monday (who have fabulous jeans), Sass & Bide (well constructed tops in various printed fabric – my favourite being a black/white zebra print) and Bassike (great basic organic cotton tee’s with a twist) were the three labels that stood out for me. They also stock a local designer, Smith & Western who had a really nice collection of long-sleeved tops that could easily transition from day to evening.
The Supply Room opened in July 2011 and sells Ruby, Madam Hawke and Lonely Hearts as well as an interesting range of menswear. I couldn’t help but ask the shop assistant what man in his right mind would be interested in the mens floral shorts for sale. The shop assistant was quick to point out that she had already sold 4 pairs! I started looking on the streets of Queenstown for said shorts – as believe me, they would stand out, but never found any. A small but perfectly selected range of clothing, shoes and accessories offer you a nice slice of retail.
Queenstown is truly a magical place to visit and although there was nothing to tempt me this time round, other than the snow-capped mountains, I am reminded not to leave it as long between visits next time.