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Guide To Race Day Shopping In Christchurch

Shop Local For Your Race Day Looks

Spring is in full BLOOM! Now is your time to celebrate by getting out and enjoying the sunshine. With so many events on this BLOOM season, you’d better be looking #onpoint especially for Canterbury's most exciting race week of the year. Here’s your ultimate shopping guide to ensure you are dressed to impress in Ōtautahi Christchurch all while supporting local Kiwi businesses.

The Tannery

An incredible shopping experience all under one roof. Literally. The Tannery is your one stop shop for all of the designer brands you love. Better yet, many of the stores are owned and operated by Christchurch locals. Fun accessories and clothing grace the shop floor of Morgan & Page. For high end feminine glamour, visit Katerina Boutique for brands like Alice McCall & Shona Joy. If your style is more ‘edgy’ visit Uncommon Shop for NZ brands like Stolen Girlfriends Club, Karen Walker and COOP.

There are plenty of dining options to refuel after your spending spree. Nori Table Sushi Bar offers ‘pick your own’. Bellbird Bakery is well loved by Woolston locals for their freshly baked treats. The Brewery is an excellent choice if you're in a group with Woodfired Pizza and local beer brewers Cassels on tap.

Ballantynes Department Store

What could be a more iconic local brand in Ōtautahi Christchurch than Bally's? Canterbury's department store was first established in 1854 so you can trust you’re in good hands when you visit to shop race day looks. Ballantynes is your one stop shop for all your fashion and beauty desires. Bally's stock an immense variety of both local and international designer brands. Check out the ‘Contemporary Lounge’ for something Avant-garde. If you get a rush from a bargain, the annual Ballantynes sale in July is not to be missed.

While you're shopping, take a moment to indulge in a ‘high tea’ at the Ballantynes Tearoom or refresh your race day look at their instore salon Solace Hair & Beauty. If it's really been a long day, indulge in a sweet treat from Sweet Soul Patisserie. We promise you won't regret it.

Fashion Society

Located in Merivale  and The Crossing. Christchurch owned Fashion Society stocks both high end Kiwi and International brands such as Mahsa, Anine Bing, Zadig Et Voltaore, Leo Lin and Gucci. After you have ‘invested’ in some must have race day styles, enjoy a cuppa and a crepe at Maison de Crepe Merivale. If you’d rather relax before the big day, Champs-Èlysees Day Spa is a luxurious escape (or recovery) before the chaos of the week.


RUBY is a Kiwi owned family run business that has been operating since 2002. Ōtautahi Christchurch has our very own store located in ‘The Crossing’. RUBY is a great option for those wanting to own a contemporary kiwi designer label. Grab a coffee from locally owned neighbour's Coffee Culture or keep to the ‘RUBY theme with Lil’Ruby Espresso nearby in the Fresh Choice City Market.

There are plenty of nearby places to book your race day hairdo including Dry & Tea, Vivo Hair Salon and Kess Hair & Beauty who are also opposite Professionail for your finishing glam touches.

Designer Wardrobe

Sustainability is the new black. Instead of splurging on a statement piece you’ll only wear once, why not save the planet while looking fabulous! Get that high fashion feeling without the price tag (or the shopper's guilt!) and rent your race day look. The team at Designer Wardrobe are your experts on the latest trends and have a nationwide wardrobe of designers at their fingertips.

Pop in and get professionally styled before treating yourself to some well-earnt post shopping caffeine at nearby Procope Coffee House or Vics Café. If you're in the mood for food (who isn't?) Victoria street has something for the whole squad with incredible lettuce cups at King of Snake. Mexicano’s have mouth watering signature fried chicken. Across the road Boo Radleys have the best cocktails and Southern American hospitality- often with live music. If you fancy a traditional all American dining experience, grab a shake and dog from Diner 66.

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