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"Best experience I’ve had in any store for a very long time! Wife and I came to buy some boots and packs. Didn’t feel pressured and was a super friendly vibe in there. So stoked to find out that it’s independent and honestly the other mainstream stores don’t compare." William, Sept 2023 (Google)

"This is the best outdoor shop in Auckland, if not NZ. The staff are all experienced in the outdoors, know what they are talking about and are always super helpful. Keep doing what you’re doing guys :)" Olivia, Feb 2023 (Google)

"For me the Via Francigena is 10 months away, but it felt very real the day I walked into Living Simply and met Ben Sinclair. His understanding and experience made the prospect of doing the pilgrimage that much more exciting and tangible." Nic, Oct 2022 (Google)

"Great little store with knowledgeable staff and a wide product range. I went in for hiking boots because I knew I wouldn't get the same level of service or knowledge from the camping chain stores. I wasn't wrong. My feet were properly measured up and I was recommended the perfect boots for my upcoming hiking trips. Thank you for a great experience!" Amber, April 2022 (Google) 

"Epic service from the after hours email they sent me through to ordering in the Helinox chairs I needed and they arrived a day early. The communication was brilliant and the shop has a great selection. Look forward to my next purchase with them." Adam, November 2021 (Google)

"Went in yesterday and bought a backpack. Couldn't be happier with the friendliness and level of service I received. I bought my first backpack from this place 10 years ago and I'll be back in the future for other gear. Thank you." Neill, May 2021 (Google)

"Tent arrived less than one day after shipping. Have set it up on lawn, very easy to do, looks very good & will fulfill our needs. Whole process has been very efficient, from answering our queries to ordering & delivery. Thanks very much for all your help." Chris, Sept 2020 (Google)

"Staff are friendly and helpful know what they are talking about. Shop is an Aladdin's cave of good quality equipment. Other sizes can be ordered in. I was recommended by a friend and would recommend to anyone that this IS the only shop you need to visit." Diana, April 2020 (Google)

"Living Simply is simply my favorite shop in Auckland! It is our family's "go-to" for anything to do with the outdoors. They stock high quality gear at reasonable prices and the staff are informed and helpful. They don't try and sell things I don't need and they don't encourage me to cut corners when I do need something. I have never been disappointed by my experience of shopping there. I can highly recommend Living Simply for packs, waterproofs, sleeping bags, torches, warm gear, boots and general tramping/camping as well as more specialized mountain gear. This is a family business at its best!" Crispin, May 2019 (Google)

"Living Simply has very helpful, friendly and well-versed employees. Their range of brands, gear and products are numerous- this store packs nearly anything you'd need for tramping. The store layout is intuitive and customer-friendly, and their prices are brilliant for a small, family-owned business. I'd definitely recommend coming here!" Abbey, May 2019 (Google)

"Great service. The dude was extremely clued up and made my boot buying experience a pleasure. $20 cheaper than down the road too. A year down the line these boots have walked a long way and are still every bit as comfortable as the day I got them!" Andrew, October 2018 (Google)

"Awesome chill staff - love a store where I can have a browse without getting sucked into a long sales pitch, yet always on hand with heaps of knowledge if you ask. Never change guys!" Rusty
, April 2018 (Facebook)

"Simply the very best shop to get any outdoor gear! All personnel is experienced and helpful, and they go above and beyond to assist with any purchase." 
Siiri, December 2017 (Google)

"I can't recommend the team here enough. These guys are legends. They give great advice, really know what they are talking about and aren't pushy or trying to make a sale. Great to see a locally owned business run by guys who love the outdoors as an alternative to the big chains with staff who don't have a connection to what they are selling. Better prices too and greater variety of products." Steve, July 2017 (Google)

"Love these guys so helpful, you don't get this kind of help or attention from the big chains. Not to mention the brands they stock are top notch quality. Purchased an Aarn pack today and the sales assistance took so much time with me fitting it correctly and showing me its features. Can't wait to try it out. Highly recommend." Lana, October 2016 (Facebook)

"The best outdoor shop in Auckland. I got my Aarn pack fitted here and the best fitting pair of boots that I've had. The knowledgeable staff take the time to make sure you have the gear that's right for you." Karen, September 2016 (Google)

"Didn't know about this store until today when they went above and beyond to help me out with a Marmot product that I desperately needed, top staff, awesome store, I'll definitely be shopping here from now on. Highly recommend!" Jade, October 2015 (Facebook)

"I am compelled to write a note to say what superb service the team at Living Simply provide. If you want excellent value, service and product advice then this is the outdoor store to support. The team here really know what they are talking about and clearly value their customers!" Nicola, 2015 (Google)

"I always do my research before buying a new piece of gear. But time and time again when I walk in to the shop I recognise the faces and get the best advice and service. Stoked to have you guys still around this long! Its a true testament to a great shop. I sound like a broken record but bought my first pair of tramping boots in here years and years ago. And the same guy sold me my last pair! With all the competition around its easy for me to walk past them and go up the stairs to buy my next piece of quality kit from people I know and trust. Cheers guys". Gus, July 2014 (Facebook)

"Superb outdoor equipment store – so good it's not worth bothering going elsewhere. Great range, quality products, fair prices, and excellent customer service from staff that are not only friendly, but genuinely knowledgeable, too." David, June 2014 (Facebook)