Looking to burn some serious plastic and pick up some killer Kiwi threads? For a small country a long way from Paris, New York, or Milan, New Zealand punches well above its weight on the international fashion scene, with top New Zealand fashion designers such as Karen Walker, Trelise Cooper and Zambesi lauded worldwide for their unique take on high fashion.

A few others to watch for are Untouched World, Sabatini, World, Andrea Moore, Starfish, Workshop and Helen Cherry, but there are many more that are well worth discovering. For something a little more edgy, look to up-and-coming local designers, like Sabel & Minx or Plume. New Zealand Fashion Week, held in September each year, is a hot calendar event and celebration of New Zealand fashion with several sessions open to the public (if you can get tix!). Auckland’s Newmarket, Ponsonby Road, Parnell and city centre, along with central Wellington, are renowned for boutiques, while Dunedin’s George and Princes Streets are great for designer fashion finds. Christchurch offers fashion in  Victoria Street and the stylish suburb of Merivale. Outside the main centres, Napier (Hawke’s Bay), New Plymouth (Taranaki) and Cambridge (Waikato) are also home to some great shopping.