About Us

‘Smart Casual’ describes the women’s fashion clothing available at Gaby’s in Warkworth  and in this one shop you’ll see over 35 different labels.  Gaby’s caters for women about 30 and over, endeavouring to provide a selection of styles so that women can follow fashion but not be dictated by it.

Brenda Hawley has owned the business for over twenty-one years.    Brenda’s years of experience and listening to customers has enabled her to select each season a good mix of attractive and functional clothing styles.  She believes it is important that customers leave the shop feeling good in what they’ve purchased, and good about themselves.

Brenda and her sales team know their stock well and so are able to make suggestions to customers who are wondering just what will suit their body shape and colouring.  They are not pushy but will give an honest opinion when asked about a garment being tried on.

Gaby’s are great supporters of ‘NZ made’ and some of the labels are indeed that.  Some others are designed in NZ but manufactured off-shore.  Others are designed and manufactured in Canada, Australia or United States.


Our location

You’ll find us in the main street of Warkworth, just look for the shop with the green awning opposite PaperPlus and adjacent to the Argyll Angle courtyard.

Warkworth is a great destination for a day trip from Auckland.  Come and enjoy a stroll along the walkway beside the picturesque Mahurangi River, picnic by the river or lunch at one of the many cafes, and wander round the shops in the village.  Just less than an hour north of Auckland, on the way to Kawau Island, Matakana or the Bay of Islands, it is a great place to break your journey for a leg stretch, shopping treat or refreshments.

Gaby's from Argyll Angle courtyard
Warkworth River

Our History


Bob and Jean Deans developed the land in Queen Street adjacent to the old dairy factory (which is now the Hospice Shop) in the early 1990s.   On completion the complex and courtyard were named Argyll Angle, and Jean opened her new business Gaby’s.  Over the years Gaby’s has seen other neighbouring businesses come and go, but it has remained.  Alison Haycock bought the business from Jean in 1995 and Brenda, the present owner, purchased it in January 1997.

In 2006 Brenda opened Imelda’s, a shoe boutique, next door to Gaby’s, and at the same time increased the floor space in Gaby’s.  Although now with different owners, the two shops have a connecting doorway making it easy for customers to coordinate a complete outfit.




Our Staff

All the staff at Gaby’s love clothes, and love helping women find the right clothes!  Brenda, Eleanor and Sheryl make up the team of ‘Gaby’s Girls’.

Brenda Hawley - owner of Gaby's
Eleanor - assistant manager at Gaby's
Sheryl - Gaby's salesperson