Indie record stores in NZ

How many independent record stores are in New Zealand? The folk at Amplifier.co.nz 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 sadly Stephen O'Hoy, who put that list together, is 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.

Auckland
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)
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.
Real Groovy from Jan 7 2016 - 369 Queen st, Akl City
Rebel Soul Records (opened late July 2015, closed down mid 2017 but still operating as a pop up store at the Cross St Markets behind K 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.

Northland
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)

Wellington
Rough Peel Music (173 Cuba st, Wtgn Central)
Slow Boat Records (183 Cuba st, Wtgn Central)
Parsons (Wtg Central) closed February 2014
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.


Nelson
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

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

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

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


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

Timaru
At Last Records (82 Stafford St)



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

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi

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

cheeres

Steve Cochrane

the revolution@posternz.com

we're on facebook

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.

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~