Now that the summer months are upon us it's important to stock up on all the essentials - from sunglasses to beachwear, picnic goods and more. In the heart of the city there are a variety of stores which will suit all your summer needs, to make each beach outing, picnic adventure, or weekend away one to remember! 

Pool Ring Glitter| $49.99 | Shut The Front Door | 23 High St

When you are packing the car for a fun-filled beach day, don’t forget the pool ring! This particular pool ring is unforgettable with a neon coral glitter design that's eye-catching and perfect for an Instagram shot! Be the coolest cat at the pool party as you float along, sipping on a summer cocktail and basking in the sun. 

Sun screen

Aloe Soothing Sun Cream | $21 | Hikoco | 205 Queen St 

Though the sun can be a wonderful source of vitamin D, it’s important to also look after your skin as best you can. This product from Hikoco combines aloe vera and sunscreen together to create a soothing and strong formula. The Aloe Barbadensis leaf water gives your skin moisture and nutrients while protecting it simultaneously. Buy here now


Slim Organic Flip Flops | $40 | Havaianas | 16 Takutai Square 

A true summer staple, everybody needs a pair of comfortable and fun jandals. Havaianas are the expert in this field, made from premium Brazilian rubber and coming in a variety of styles, prints, and designs. It’s time to buy yourself a pair for the summer months! Buy here now

True Love Maxi Dress | $179.90 | Flo & Frankie | 7 Queen St 
This little cotton number is lightweight and breathable and pairs well with sandals, sneakers or heels, making it great for casual summer barbeques or when you're back in the office. Buy here now. 


Ray-Ban sunglasses | $265 | Sunglass Style | 174 Queen St 

The go-to shade choice for many people, Ray-Ban’s are a classic. They go with every look, and can be worn casually or dressed up. These Ray-Ban’s feature a round metal alloy, giving off a retro vibe and of course offer much needed protection from the sun’s harsh rays. Buy here now

Bernd Orange Men’s Shirt | $199 | Working Style | 33 Shortland St 

With humble beginnings as shirt makers in 1987, Working Style has carved out a solid reputation for offering quality menswear with a commitment to only using the best European pure cottons and linens. The Bernd Orange shirt is colourful and sophisticated, able to be dressed down with casual jeans and Birkenstocks, or dressed up with a suit jacket. Either way, the man in your life will be chuffed with this new wardrobe addition. Buy here now

Roamer Roll Up Picnic Rug | $34.98 | Kathmandu | 200 Victoria St W

This picnic rug is portable and funky, able to be easily rolled up and taken with you on all of your adventures, whether it’s a trip to your local beach or a hike up a mountain! It comes in two different fun prints, and has a waterproof backing and a functional carry handle. What more could you ask for? Buy here now

Beach towel

DOCK & BAY Summer Beach Towel | $62 | Smith & Caughey's | 253-261 Queen St 

Beach towels are an undeniable summer essential, but often forgotten about. Got one that's decades old and raggedy, and due an upgrade? Check out this Dock & Bay summer beach towel from Smith & Caughey's which dries three times faster than a standard cotton towel and remains sand free. There is also a handy pouch included in the purchase as well as an elastic hook to make drying even easier. Buy here now

Backyard tennis

Back Yard Tennis Backyard Twist Tennis Set | $39.99 | Farmers | 210 Queen St 

With this set there’s no need to go all the way to a tennis court, the backyard is just fine! Try your hand at some backyard tennis this summer with this set that's perfect for the whole family, especially during a family reunion where the competitive juices are flowing. Winner gets the last slice of pavlova! Buy here now

tote bag

Samsara Beach Straw Tote Bag $29.99 | Strand Bags | 191 Queen St 

This tote bag from Laura Jones at Strand Bags is a great summer essential. Featuring a straw woven material, the tote goes with any outfit, and is large enough to fit all your summer items, a pair of sunglasses, a book, sunscreen, and of course a hat! It comes in two different natural shades. Buy here now

Last updated: 21 December 2021