Your Takapuna back to school shopping guide

It’s that time of year again! The nippers are heading back to school. They’ll need to be loaded up with all the standard stationery and special items required for the actual learning. And on top of that, they probably want to look “cool”, or “fire”, or whatever it is that kids want to look this year.

Great news ! There are some awesome shops right here in Takapuna that are stocking all the gear you need, and run by smart folks who can help you find the right stuff at the right price. 

Here’s our handy guide to where to go for all your back-to-school needs.


Shut the Front Door

Getting together the school stationery list can be daunting for parents, but Paper Plus makes it easy. Simply email or drop off your school stationery list to the Hurstmere Road store and they’ll gather all the items together for you to pick up when ready. Whitcoulls in the Shore City Shopping Centre stocks everything you’ll need including pencils, pens, rulers and books. There’s also an extensive range of art class essentials for the budding artists in the family.

And to keep the kids organised and on time to class, head to Shut the Front Door and check out the beautiful notebooks, planners and diaries.

Bags and backpacks

A comfortable and sturdy backpack is essential for school, and Strandbags has a great selection of durable school bags – we’re getting a good tropical vibe from this Palm tree backpack. For the younger kids, Smiggle has a varied range of colourful and fun classroom necessities. Check out this cool four-piece bundle set containing a backpack, lunchbox, pencil case and drink bottle.

Shoes and clothes

For school shoes, you’ve got to hit that sweet spot of durable and on-trend. Platypus Shoes has all the quality brands, including Dr Martens, Vans and Converse. These Dr Martens Junior Polley T-Bar shoes looking great for the girls in 2023. And for all those other essential clothing items including shirts, belts, jackets, socks and tights, look no further than Farmers at Shore City.

Tech supplies

Yep, it’s all part of the toolkit at school these days. Apple users can get their iPads and accessories at iStore in Hurstmere Road, and Paper Plus can help you with computer accessories such as mice, mouse pads, laptop bags, data storage and headphones.

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