Car parks and trolleys were difficult to come by as shops reopened after Easter Sunday.
Hordes of shoppers flocked to Wellington stores on Monday to try and grab a bargain as the Easter sales came to a close.
At the Lyall Bay mega-centre, almost every store had a sale. Rebel Sport had 25 per cent off everything, and Bed, Bath and Beyond promoted 50-60 per cent off store-wide.
Kilbirnie business owner Kelly Nguyen took her three daughters Elizabeth, Cindy, and Paris shopping at The Warehouse. “We’re a bit bored and there’s a sale on today. We’re heading back there now,” she said.
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Elizabeth and Cindy bought matching mermaid caps, and Paris bought a new jacket.
Most shops were made to close on Good Friday and Easter Sunday in the capital, due to Easter trading laws. Dairies, petrol stations and cafes selling only food and drink were allowed to open.
Karori resident Michelle Hill said she got her husband to drive to Lyall Bay for a spot of bargain hunting.
“I haven’t been anywhere all weekend, so I trekked here from Karori,” she said. “I’m happy with my bargains. I got a kettle, sheets and some bras – they were all on sale.
“I’m not bothered by shops being closed. I think it’s nice, we all need a break.
“It’s fine as long as you plan ahead. I made sure I bought bread and milk.”
First Retail managing director Chris Wilkinson said shopping patterns over Easter were no different from last year, but new Australian retailers entering the market had made Wellington’s CBD a bigger retail destination.
“Retailers and hospitality operators we’ve spoken to said trade has been strong … it’s busy, and the city does have a great buzz about it,” he said on Monday.
“For Wellington, there’s still out-of-town visitors who are discovering the new CBD offer that includes David Jones and Topshop. They’ve been joined by the likes of Wittner Shoes, Platypus and other new brands that are continually refreshing the city’s proposition and destination value.
“Saturday turned out to be a busy day for retailers across the Wellington region. We think the weather had a lot to do with this, as people delayed or changed plans. Home improvement, cafes and department stores were all doing well.”