What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going?
New Zealand has a wide and diverse population and most items (including foods from around the world) are readily available in Wellington.
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Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?
No, there are clothing stores catering to all sizes and shapes.
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What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at?
There are many supermarket chains in Wellington, such as New World, PAK'nSAVE and Countdown. Groceries can also be purchased at petrol service stations and local mini-marts, called Dairies.
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Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?
A wide range of cleaning materials can be purchased at any supermarket. Home furnishings can be purchased in a wide range of stores. Check the Yellow Pages for a complete list.

Cleaning materials can be purchased at any supermarket. However, they can also be purchased at the home handyman shops like Mitre 10, Bunnings or Placemakers.

Furnishings can be purchased at many shops. Shops vary in style and price range, however, the medium-priced stores with a reasonable selection would include:

  • Target Furniture
  • Farmers
  • Harvey Norman - Probably the largest; they also have small appliances

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What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city?
Most large shopping malls are open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with at least one late night a week. On this night, the shops will stay open until 9:00 p.m. Some supermarkets are open 24 hours, 7 days a week, except for Christmas and Easter. There is a surcharge of 15% at most restaurants and fast-food chains during public holidays.
Please contact Crown Wellington for more shopping information.
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Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.