Indie record stores in NZ

How many independent record stores are left in New Zealand? The folk at threw this question out on Twitter recently, and pulled together this list. Any additions or corrections, please let me know in the comments or via email.

"With the decline in physical music sales in NZ over the past few years and events like the Christchurch earthquake there seems to have been a lot of stores closing. 

Please note we've excluded stores that only sell second hand titles and also souvenir or book stores that have a tiny selection of music. The stores listed are either solely music retailers or at least have a large selection of new music. Also we can't say if we're 100% accurate so if you know of any others that we've left out then please leave a comment and we'll add them to the list. And we've also left out online retailers like... us."

Rhythm Compact Discs (Ponsonby) closed Aug 2013
Southbound Records (69 Mt Eden Rd Jan 2015 - moved to 132 Symonds Street)
Alien Records (11 Veronica st, New Lynn)
Conch Records (115a Ponsonby Rd - note- in 2014, Conch significantly scaled down record store and increased cafe)
Real Groovy (438 Queen st, Akl City)
My Generation (753 Beach Rd, down the driveway, Brown's Bay) was going to close Aug 2014, but has relocated to new store
Musiquarium (369 Dominion rd, Mt Eden)
Mix Foundation, Little High St
Marbecks Classical (Queens Arcade)
Rockin Records (Epsom, shares space w Abbeys Antiques)

Musicor (Whangarei)
Noise Company (Dargaville)

Central Nth Island
Tracs (Tauranga)
My Music (Taupo)
Vinyl Countdown (New Plymouth)
Raw Music (Whanganui)
Zinc Records (Taradale)
Hi Fi Gallery (Napier) Vinyl Only
Electric City Music (Napier)
Just For The Record (Napier)

Rough Peel Music (Wtg Central)
Slow Boat Records (Wtg Central)
Parsons (Wtg Central) closed February 2014
The Revolution (120 Main st, Upper Hutt)
Evil Genius (462 Adelaide Rd, Berhampore) Evil Genius closed on 28 July 2013, and split into two new ventures... Death Ray Records, 3 Wilson st Newtown, and Rinski Korsakovs Cafe and Gallery in Berhampore.
Lo-Cost Records (147 Jackson st, Petone)
Wonderland (Wainuiomata)
Mint Music, 258 Hugh St, Lower Hutt (run by ex Marbecks Queensgate manager)
Vinyl Heaven (Masterton)

Everyman Records - closed down, in voluntary liquidation, July 2014

Galaxy Records
Penny Lane * 2

Portil (closed in late Jan 2015)
Too Tone Records
Disk Den
Relics (86 St Andrew St)

Play It Again (closed)
Rock N Rolla

Graham Electronics, 101 Revell St, Hokitika

And for a contrast: From the Telegraph "Where are London's best independent record shops still selling vinyl?"


Anonymous said...


just thought I'd let you know I run an indie record store in Upper Hutt called The Revolution


Steve Cochrane


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Robyn Gallagher said...

Parson's in Wellington closed in February 2014.

Anonymous said...

My generation music in browns bay closes August 12th 2014.

Anonymous said...

My Generation Browns Bay have reopened in a new location. Mint Music are in Lower Hutt, run by former Marbecks Queensgate manager. Penny Lane Chch Riccarton branch closes in about 2 weeks. Musicor Whangarei have closed, Dave called it a day. Graham Electronics in Hokitika are still going-they sell instruments, electronics as well as new music. Peter Cairns Musicworks in Gore is still operating-quite a bit of country there! All Play It Agains have now shuttered. Mix Foundation High St Akl still sell new vinyl as well as DJ gear.