Taupo town centre, perched on the edge of Lake Taupo, is a haven for boutique shopping.
With streets dotted with Kiwi designer shops, art and craft galleries and Kiwiana souvenir shops, Taupo offers a combination of unique shopping experiences paired with stellar mountain and lake views.
Being a tourist town, Taupo is home to a range of gift and souvenir shops showcasing a great range of Kiwiana clothing, jewellery and memorabilia. Visit art galleries dotted with both local and international work, or stop in at Kiwi fashion boutiques for a piece of clothing to remind you of your holiday in New Zealand.
The best place for shopping is the Taupo town centre, where pedestrian friendly streets, free parking and plenty of cafes make it easy to enjoy the shops.
View the captivating process of glass blowing before viewing and perhaps purchasing one-off work by award winning artists in the Lava Glass Studio. Each piece is signed and dated by the artist, making for a great gift or collector’s item. Set in a beautiful garden, L’Arte Mosiac Café & Sculpture Garden combines a café and gallery. It makes for a great stop for those that love an eclectic, unique take on local art. Don’t miss ZeaYou Art Gallery, a vibrant space that celebrates contemporary New Zealand art.
Being a mecca for tourists, Taupo offers a wide range of top notch souvenirs and New Zealand-inspired gift shops. The Jade Centre is perfect for a beautiful greenstone carving, or head to The Taupo Man Cave for a quirky gift for the man or men in your life. For a souvenir with a trout focus, head to the Crafty Trout Brewing Company, where you can also try a glass of their craft beer. For a great range of souvenirs, make your way to New Zealand Corner or the Souvenir Outlet. New Zealand made wool and sheepskin goods can be found at The Woolshed and Jumpers.
New Zealand’s talented fashion designers are well-known on the world stage, but it’s a thrill to shop for their wares on their home turf. Head to Kilt, the brainchild of Melissa Williams-Lamb, for beautiful New Zealand made fashion at affordable pricing. Funky, New Zealand made street wear can be found at Milly Black, where you’ll be able to purchase stylish clothing that can take you from day to night.
Held every Saturday, the vibrant and cheerful Taupo Market is located in Riverside Park and specialises in variety and quality. With a focus on locally-sourced goods, you’ll find artisan cheeses, breads, fresh produce and plenty of surprises.