Indie record stores in NZ

How many independent record stores are in New Zealand? The folk at threw this question out on Twitter a while ago (2013), and pulled together this list. Any additions or corrections, please let me know in the comments.

Amplifier's site is now gone, and Stephen O'Hoy, who put that list together, is sadly no longer with us (RIP).

In April 2018 the good folk at Death Ray Records in Wellington put out a flyer listing 22 indie record stores, and I've added some of them here, like Hokitika and Timaru.

Rhythm Compact Discs (Ponsonby) closed Aug 2013
Southbound Records (69 Mt Eden Rd Jan 2015 - moved to 132 Symonds Street)
Alien Records (10 Drury st, New Lynn)
Conch Records (115a Ponsonby Rd - note - in 2014, Conch shuttered its record store and focused solely on its cafe/restaurant - they now have records as decoration, but have occasional pop-up record fairs). Cian from Conch runs record stall in a shop called Ulo in Raglan.
Flying Out 80 Pitt St, off K Rd - opened on 18 April 2015, to coincide with Record Store Day. Flying Out started as an online distributor for Flying Nun/Arch Hill in 2013, and this shop grew out of that operation. They are now run indpendent of Flying Nun.
Holiday Records - 111 Wellesley st, Akl City. Opened 28 Nov 2018 selling a selection of new vinyl, and will be starting up a vinyl pressing operation in early 2019.
Real Groovy from Jan 10 2019 - 520 Queen st (near K Rd end), Akl City
Rebel Soul Records - Opened store late July 2015 on K Rd at Samoa House, closed down mid 2017and shifted to  Cross St Markets on Cross St, and from mid May 2020 based at 80 Ponsonby Rd
My Generation (753 Beach Rd, down the driveway, Brown's Bay) closed Jan 2015
Vinyl Destination Birkenhead (opened in Albany and shifted to Birkenhead in April 2015 / closed down 31 March 2016, moved to Tauranga, reopened 16 April 2016)
Musiquarium (369 Dominion rd, Mt Eden)
Mix Foundation, (Little High St, off High St)
Marbecks Classical (Queens Arcade, 34 Queen st)
Retro City (161 K Rd) - vintage/retro artifacts, plus a small selection of 2nd hand vinyl. Store opened around Sept 2016, run by Heath Burgoyne (ex Cyberculture and other K Rd record stores)
Rec, a music venue/record store at 38 Custom St East, their opening weekend was October 14 2016.

Musicor (Whangarei)
Noise Company (106a Victoria st, Dargaville)

Central Nth Island

Tron Record Shop (58a Commerce st, Frankton, Hamilton) opened Nov 1 2017
Needle In The Hay (300a Racquet Lane, off Barton St, alley alongside Kilt, Hamilton)
Ulo - Cian O'Donnell, formerly co-owner of Conch Records, has a shop inside Ulo selling great vinyl (4B Wallis St, Raglan)
Zinc Records (233 Gloucester St, Taradale, Napier)
Electric City Music (68 Dalton st, Napier)
Just For The Record (183 Dickens St, Napier)
Spellbound Wax Company (Treble Court 25 Peel St, 4010 Gisborne)
Tracs (39 Devonport Rd, Tauranga)
Vinyl Destination - moved to 52 Devonport Rd, Tauranga from Akld, reopened 16 April 2016
My Music (79 Tongariro st, Taupo)
Vinyl Countdown (109 Devon st, New Plymouth)
Vegas Vinyl, 1292 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua
Q Records & Collectibles, 1147 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua

Rough Peel Music (173 Cuba st, Wtgn Central)
Slow Boat Records (183 Cuba st, Wtgn Central)
Parsons (Wtg Central) closed February 2014
Flying Nun Records, 154A Riddiford st, Newtown, Wellington - open Thurs/Fri/Sat only.
The Revolution (120 Main st, Upper Hutt)
Evil Genius (462 Adelaide Rd, Berhampore) 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/Moonhop (147 Jackson st, Petone)
Wonderland (2 Moores Valley Rd, Wainuiomata)
Mint Music, 258 Hugh St, Lower Hutt (run by ex Marbecks Queensgate manager)  - mid April 2018 they switched to online only til they find a suitable store.

Everyman Records - closed down, in voluntary liquidation, July 2014
Family Jewels Records, 95 Collingwood St, in The Freehouse beer garden, opened by Grant Smithies in August 2017

Galaxy Records (336 St. Asaph Street)
Penny Lane Records (430 Colombo St)
Lyttleton Records (650 Ferry Rd, Woolston) 

Portil (closed in late Jan 2015)
Too Tone Records (closed in Jan 2017)
Disk Den
Relics (86 St Andrew St)

Play It Again (closed)
Rock N Rolla (86 Spey St)

West Coast Vinyl & Fashion (21 Revell St )
Graham Electronics (101 Revell St)

At Last Records (82 Stafford St)

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


we're on facebook

Robyn 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.

Anonymous said...

My Generation has closed in Browns Bay, but now seem to have teamed up with Vinyl Destination in Birkenhead.

Anonymous said...

Hi Fi Gallery and Just for The Record are the same business. Musicor closed in 2013, after 46 years of trade. Rhythm in Ponsonby closed 2013. ~LT~