Supermarkets and Groceries
Generally New World is more expensive than other stores but offers greater variety and has better quality stock. The closest New World Metro is located on lower Queen Street but isn’t as convenient as other supermarket chains for students staying at AUT or UoA accommodation.
Similar to New World but with the bonus of online shopping and door-to-door delivery (typically $12AUD). Save this option for bigger shops or split the extra charge with your flatmates! The Metro Countdown on Victoria Street is the most convenient for students staying at AUT’s WSA housing complex and is about a 10-minute walk. If you’re a UoA student staying at Carlaw Park accommodation, the Countdown located on Quay Street (pronounced ‘key’) is closest at around a 20-minute walk. Most students use a backpack to carry their grocery items back to the university apartments.
Pak ‘n Save
No frills and the cheapest of the supermarkets, this franchise is ideal for larger shopping trips. That said, the closest is in the suburb of Mt Albert, so you’ll have to catch a ride with your mates or get on a bus. The buses traveling along New North Road (Go West, Metrolink) numbers 221, 222 and 210 will take you there and it is roughly a 40-minute bus ride from the CBD. For AUT students staying at WSA, there is a van which can take students to Pak ‘n Save on weekends.
Tai Ping Trading Company
This is an Asian supermarket on Beach Road about a 10-minute walk from UoA student accommodation at Carlaw Park. It’s the cheapest supermarket you will find but may not offer all foodstuffs you’re looking for.
Four Square and Dairies
These are corner or convenience stores and you’ll find them scattered across the city. They only stock the necessities and you’ll also find the cost of food there more expensive, but they’re great for last minute milk, eggs and bread.
Farmer’s markets are the cheapest and freshest way to stock up on vegetables. Better yet, as you’re supporting local farming initiatives, you are putting money back in the community and reducing your carbon footprint by cutting down on food miles.
The City Farmer’s Market
Saturday from 8am – 12:30pm
Held every Saturday rain or shine on Gore Street, this market offers a bounty of local and seasonal produce from the Auckland region. You’ll find fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, herbs and meat. You’ll also run into artisan breads, cheeses, pastries and much more.
Parnell Farmer’s Market
Saturday 8am – 12pm
This market is held at 545 Parnell Road and is similar to the City Market. Here you can bump into friends, have a coffee and stock up on fruit, vegetables, meat, flowers, delectable bakery items and deli produce every weekend!
La Cigale French Market
Saturday 8am – 1:30pm and Sunday 9am – 1:30pm
Voted Auckland’s Best Food Market by Metro Magazine for the last eight years, La Cigale is inspired by the wonderful food markets found in France. It’s located at 69 St Georges Bay Road and you’ll find an amazing selection of top quality products from both New Zealand and overseas artisan producers and growers. You can buy fresh organic produce in abundance, breads and pastries hot from the oven, French cheeses, export-quality meats, fish, smoked Akaroa salmon, healthy salads, flowers and orchids, Italian pasta, salamis and sausages, award-winning Italian style cheeses, extra virgin olive oils, manuka honey, pâtés and terrines, jams and chutneys, and loads more. And, as in any French Market, the aromas of roasting chickens in the rotisserie and paella cooking will waft through the air.
When you are looking for items like homewares, bedding and other miscellaneous items. All three are chains so you’re likely to see them scattered across the country.
The Warehouse is New Zealand’s equivalent to Target or Walmart but has less variety. The closest to the CBD is at 21 Elliott Street.
Briscoes is similar to The Warehouse but caters more extensively to homeware. It’s slightly better quality and therefore a little more expensive. The closest to the CBD is located at 36 Taylors Road, Sandringham, which is a 20-minute bus ride from the CBD.
You may be familiar with this one! In New Zealand Kmart has better range than The Warehouse and is just as cheap if not cheaper. Many students have found themselves on what can only be described as a ‘Kmart binge’ as it’s easy to buy far more than you really need every time you go there. The closest is at St Lukes Westfield Mall and takes around a 20-minute bus ride to get there from the CBD.