Elsewhere, one of the newest stores to open at the airport is 3 Wise Men, a successful Kiwi start-up selling 100% cotton business shirts, cufflinks, silk ties, boxer shorts, socks, leather satchels and wallets. All the shirts are priced at NZ$120 (£58); see the company’s website, www.3wisemen.co.nz
, to see the selection of colours and styles on offer.
Icebreaker is another Kiwi fashion retailer doing well for itself (www.icebreaker.com). It specialises in stylish, high performance outdoor wear made from 100% merino wool, which is sourced from New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Children’s lines are sold as well.
If the weather where you’re headed is a little less parky and chilling out on the beach is part of your travel plans, beachculture is the place to stock on surf lifestyle brands such as Oakley, Billabong, Tigerlily, Sea Folly and Von Zipper (www.beachculture.com.au). If you join the retailer’s online VIP members club, you will get a coupon entitling you to 20% off your next purchase in one of their stores (they have shops at all major airports in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji).
If you are fed up with seeing the same international beauty brands in duty-free, why not browse the intriguing Essity outlet (www.essity.com)? It stocks New Zealand natural skincare brands such as Trilogy, Living Nature, Antipodes, Evolu, Huni, Linden Leaves and many others. Essity also sells a range of fresh flowers, which are cleverly packed so that they fit neatly underneath aeroplane passenger seats.
Other stores currently vying for passengers’ attention at Wellington International include newsagent Whitcoulls, Sunglass Hut, CD and DVD shop Marbecks, and New Zealand souvenir store Discover NZ.
Finally, when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat, Wellington International offers a good selection of cafés and restaurants for an airport of its size. Highlights include an Asian noodle bar (Billie Chu), a curry house (Curry Capital), a sandwich bar (Fresh Bites), and a café, which serves tempting patisserie (Mojo).