Gift Guide: Experience + Gift Card Edit

Sometimes the best Christmas gifts are the ones you can choose yourself or the memories you have from an incredible experience, that's why we have put together the ultimate gift guide edit for the very best gift cards and experiences on offer in the central city. 

A MECCA Gift Card

The flagship store on the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets, is a beauty lover's heaven and with a exclusive and wide range of brands available here, a gift card for MECCA will surely be well received. 

An Auckland Art Gallery Annual Membership | $50

Give the gift of an annual membership to the beloved Auckland Art Gallery and your recipient will enjoy unlimited free entry to paid-exhibitions, exclusive previews, members-only events and much more.

The Facialist Gift Card

Ashleigh Scott and her team at The Facialist in City Works Depot, are experts in their field and are the ultimate choice if you're looking to gift someone a pamper session this Christmas. Choose an amount you'd like to gift your recipient or if you know what kind of treatment they'd enjoy, select from one of the many indulgent options available at The Facialist.

A Hotel DeBrett Gift Card 

Treat a loved one on your Christmas shopping list to a voucher for an experience at Hotel DeBrett, choose from options including a Classic Room Stay, Dinner at DeBrett's Kitchen or specify an amount to spend.  

An Auckland Seafood School Cooking Class Voucher

If you have an avid amateur cook to buy for this Christmas, why not give them the gift of a cooking class at the Auckland Seafood Schoolwith a wide range of cuisines on offer and catering to all levels, this is a great experience to give. 

A Unity Books Gift Voucher

For the bibliophile in your life, a gift card for Unity Books will truly make their Christmas. With an incredible range of novels, cookbooks, biographies, travel books and the list goes on, the team at Unity will be more than happy to help your recipient pick out the perfect purchase with their gift card.

A Giapo Voucher

Got a sweet tooth on your list? There's no better place to indulge their penchant for a treat than at the masters of ice-cream Giapo, so a voucher (you can specify the amount) for a visit will make the perfect gift.

A Smith & Caughey's Gift Card

A city centre institution, Smith & Caughey's is the perfect shopping destination to give a gift card to this Christmas. This iconic department store really does have the very best of everything you could want, so it's a great option for most people on your list, especially those with discerning tastes!


Give the perfect gift this Christmas! A SKYCITY Gift Card can be used at any of the precinct's restaurants, hotels or as admission to the SKY Tower. With plenty of options to choose from, this truly is a gift with endless possibilities.

Britomart Gift Card

If you are stuck for what to get a notoriously tricky-to-buy for friend or the person who seemingly needs nothing, then the Britomart gift card is your solution. It can be used at over 65 participating retailers, eateries, bars and beauty businesses in the Britomart precinct and can be purchased online or at the Britomart Car Park reception.

To find out where to park for $2 an hour on the weekends click here or for the best public transport options to get into the city centre this Christmas click here.

Last updated: 01 January 2019