Stuck at home or have some spare time up your sleeve? See below for some ideas that are sure to beat your boredom.  

Interior of a bookstore

Tuck into a good book with Unity Books | 19 High Street 

A good book is a fantastic way of killing time and eliminating boredom. Renowned for stocking obscure and interesting books, Unity Books has one of the best collections of books in Auckland and has just been named as the Gardners International Bookstore of the Year 2020. The friendly and helpful staff are more than happy to help you with your requests or queries (in store or over the phone!) and are great with recommendations. Click here for their latest recommendations on trending reads from this summer.

Iko Iko

Grab a board game, puzzle or brain teaser from Iko Iko | 26 High Street Iko Iko is High Street's cute little gift and homeware store, and has a great range of cool books on design, amusing things to make you laugh, crafty things for the crafty minded, and nostalgic bits of Kiwiana for those who like to reminisce. If you can't make it in store, they've got free shopping online with purchases over $20. 

Shut the front door

Find a quirky homeware or activity from Shut The Front Door | 23 High Street Shut The Front Door's fun and ever changing range of the coolest products from around the world is sure to keep you entertained, whether you're keen to update some spaces at home or keep occupied with a brain teaser or other fun activity. There's something for everyone and online shopping is available with free shipping available with orders $100 or more. 

Bath water soaps

Take a relaxing bath or have an at-home pamper session thanks to LUSH | 189 Queen Street 

There's nothing quite like a bit of self care when you're feeling a little stressed, bored, or both. Take a moment or two for yourself with a relaxing bath if you have one, and pick up one of Lush's awesome bath bombs to make it extra fun. Or, there's also plenty of other eco-friendly and waste-free beauty products like face masks that can kill time and make you feel (and look!) brand new. 


Get baking all the treats with The Kitchen Shop | Queens Arcade 

Stocking an extensive range of exclusive, quality kitchenware, cookware, tools and accessories, The Kitchen Shop is the perfect place to come if you're missing a homeware from your collection which is stopping you from whipping up some goodness in the kitchen. If you've got time on your hands why not get baking - you'll replace your boredom with delicious treats that can be enjoyed long after you're finished. 


Stock up on chocolates and watch a film Bohemein Fresh Chocolates | 12 O'Connell Street 

The aim of Bohemein Fresh Chocolates is to bring the high standard of European chocolate craftsmanship and quality to Auckland taste buds. Alonside their cabinet of chocolates and truffles, Bohemein offer a range of hot chocolates, gelato and sorbetto, with everything from candied coconut and carmelised hazelnuts to damson plum or cream caramel sauce and is, quite simply, awesome.

Records displayed on wood shelf

Get dancing and signing with an old school record from Holiday Records | 111 Wellesley Street 

Holiday Records is New Zealand’s full vinyl experience with a retail space largely comprised of a thoughtfully curated collection of around 1000 brand-new essential records spanning a variety of genres and eras. Head here to grab a record, and take a trip down memory road! 

Board Game

King of Cards | Queens Arcade 

Located inside Queens Arcade, King of Cards is a one-stop game shop and Auckland's most experienced specialty retailer of Magic the Gathering, board games, and role playing games. Purchase a game and you're guaranteed hours of fun. 

Last updated: 20 March 2020