We've compiled some of our favourite items from city centre stores to help you have the best summer ever!

Picnic Table, $49.99 | Shut The Front Door, 23 High Street

Picnic table Shut the front door

Whether relaxing in the back yard or enjoying a picnic for two, carry this versatile wine table wherever you go. This table fits either wine glasses or beer bottles and the central area is perfect for a little cheese platter and some nibbles. Simply poke it in to the ground and enjoy.

Seaside Supplies Waterproof Bag Summer Time 8L, $24.90 | Bed Bath & Beyond Home Store, Atrium on Elliott Street

Bed bath &beyond

Keep your clothes nice and dry with this amazing waterproof bag which comes with a detachable shoulder strap. Available in a variety of bright colours at the Bed Bath & Beyond Home Store on Elliott Street. 

Inflatable lilo, $79.90 | Havaianas Britomart, 16 Takutai Square


Make a splash this summer with these inflatable lilos. Ideal to take to the beach or for the pool and available in a vibrant range of colours, these supersized jandals will have everyone entertained for the rest of the summer, whether it’s in the water or on the lawn. 

YES STUDIO Lips Ice Cube Tray, $14.95 | Farmers, 210 Queen Street

Ice cubes tray farmers

Keep your cool when hosting parties with this Lips Ice Cube Tray. Simply pour water in the silicone mould & pop in the freezer for lip smackingly good ice cubes.

Rose wine cooler, $89.90 | Flo & Frankie, 7 Queen Street, Commercial Bay

Wine cooler flo & frankie

This wine cooler is the perfect item to take with you to summer barbecues, on the boat or anywhere in between. It will keep your wine at the perfect temperature!

Summer Beach Towel, $62 | Smith & Caughey's, 253-261 Queen Street

beach towel

This Summer Beach Towel is a must-have this summer. With a cute and colourful rainbow pattern you'll always find your spot on the beach when you're returning from a swim! Super absorbent, it also dries three times faster than a standard cotton towel and will remain sand free too. 

Summer record, from $45 | Marbecks Records, 34 Queen Street


There is no better place to stock up on your summer tunes than at Marbecks Records. Make a trip and start digging to discover and re-discover your favourite artists.

Wooden Quoit Set, $59.98 | Kathmandu, 151 Queen Street

Wooden quoit set

Spend some quality time with the family outdoors this summer with this cool wooden quoit set. This great game is suitable for all ages and comes in a handy bag making it easy to transport to the bach, beach, or wherever you go this summer.

Wireless speakers, $29.99 | Typo, 170 Queen Street

Speaker typo

These portable wireless speakers can be used anytime, anywhere, even in the shower or at the beach. Not only are they waterproof, they've also got functionality to make and take calls. 

To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen,  $44 | MECCA

mecca sunscreen

Voted “Hall of Fame winner” in the MECCA Beauty Election 2020, this face sunscreen with broad spectrum 50+ UVA and UVB protection has a matte, non-greasy finish that doesn't leave the skin with a white cast. This cream was designed for people that wear makeup and acts as a moisturiser and foundation whilst remaining almost undetectable on the skin. Plus it's non sticky!

Living & Co Beach Umbrella Retro Print, $15 | The Warehouse,  Atrium, 21 Elliott Street

Sun Umbrella


This retro design beach umbrella is a great value umbrella offering UV 30+ shade protection. Lightweight to carry, this is a summer essential that makes protecting yourself and your family from the sun easy and stylish at the same time. Perfect for a day at the beach!

Get a board game | King of Cards, 34 Queen Street, Queen's Arcade

Board Game

King of Cards is your one stop to find board games or role playing games that will keep the whole family entertained. The perfect way to have a lot of fun at home, at the beach or at the park!

Moana's Edge Sarong, $79 | Pauanesia, 35 High Street


Keep covered and classy with this sarong from Pauanesia. In shades of the sea this design represents the shoreline flotsam and the gulls who patrol our coast. Printed on fine cotton voile this sarong is the perfect accompaniment for trips to the beach or the pool this summer!

Little Honey-Flawless Bronzing Mist, $45 | Loxy's Hair Boutique, 7/21 Queen Street, Commercial Bay

Little Honey-Flawless Bronzing Mist

Wanting to get a sun-kissed look this summer before your head off to the beach? Little Honey Flawless Bronzing Mist glides on easily giving you a fresh, streak free, golden gorgeous tan. Dry to touch within 10 seconds and is enriched with Aloe Vera and pro vitamin B5. Perfect to get a nice glowing skin!

Get a book | Unity Books, 19 High Street

Unity Books

Peruse Unity Books on High St looking for your next great read 

Summer is a great time to recharge, and do the things you don’t normally have the time for. Get your New Year's resolution off to a good start and get stuck into some good reads. It’s the perfect way to relax for an afternoon, and unwind from a stressful year, while still keeping your mind stimulated. Click here for more book recommendations.

Last updated: 22 December 2020