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Shops and Restaurants in New Zealand

From the shops to the dining hall

There are many options for eating and shopping in New Zealand.

Opening hours for local shops and shopping centres vary depending on where you live, but most are open between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday; though you will be able to find many open on the weekend as well.

If you’re after some groceries, most supermarkets in the major cities are open until at least 8:00pm every day. You can also find 24-hour convenience stores located in the cities, which are open seven days a week.

New Zealand also offers an array of cuisines from around the world. Whether you prefer to go to restaurants, takeaway shops, cafés, pubs or bars, you will find many options available in the major cities to suit any budget.

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