Head to Manawatū if you're looking for country lifestyle products, talented artisans and Kiwi markets and an authentic local shopping experience.
Whether you're visiting lively Palmerston North, pretty Pohangina Valley or Feilding, the Manawatū offers plenty of variety to buy local from unique shops and producers or source souvenirs.
Meet the makers and soak up the region’s rich farming and pioneering history when you visit the artisans of the Pohangina Valley. County Fayre, located in the historic country council building in Pohangina Village, is home to photographic displays, locally made products as well as fresh tea and scones. Love boutique cheeses? Don’t miss Cartwheel Creamery at the Feilding Farmers markets(opens in new window) every Friday. This bespoke micro creamery based in Pohangina Valley uses traditional recipes to craft award-winning camembert, halloumi, feta and blue-veined varieties.
Boutiques to Brands
Palmerston North offers a good selection of shops, boutiques and cafes. Head to The Plaza for a range of brands all under one roof, or Broadway Avenue, an iconic shopping street, which is home to boutique stores and local favourites. Shop for unique homewares and clothing in the western quarter of The Square, popular with locals and visitors alike. In spring, the cherry trees that line the streets erupt into full blossom – enjoy a coffee outside; this is a special place to spend a few hours.
Shop for great accessories, clothing and quality local products before enjoying a coffee or lunch in one of the many cafes. Try to time your Feilding visit to coincide on a Friday, as this is when the town really comes alive. Visit the iconic Feilding Saleyards and watch the fascinating history of livestock sales come to life, before heading to the local Feilding Farmer’s Market in Manchester Square. With its paved streets lined with flower pots and charming architecture, it’s easy to see why Feilding has won the award for ‘New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Town’ 16 times.
One of the best ways to sample the region is by browsing the local markets. Meet the makers and growers, and learn about their story. Head to a grass roots farmers’ market and sample fresh local produce, peruse craft markets or meet the producers at an artisan market and indulge in the best honeys, meats, cheeses and treats.
Feilding Farmer’s Market – Award winning markets. Head here to indulge in locally made, grown or sourced artisan products. Held every Friday from 8.30am – 1pm.
Albert Street Market – Grab some fresh local produce and Māori bread to take on a picnic on a Saturday morning, 6am – 11am.
Hokowhitu Village Farmers' Market – A destination in itself. This popular monthly market offers a range of artisan and local produce, treats to tempt your taste buds. Complete with live music, this market is held on the third Sunday of every month, 9am – 1pm, Hokowhitu Village, Albert Street, Palmerston North.
Cross Hills Gardens Country Fair - Held in world renowned Rhododendron gardens in Kimbolton, Cross Hills Gardens Country Fair offers 180+ handpicked stalls, live music and delicious food trucks from all around New Zealand. Held annually in the third week of November.
Magic Of Christmas Night Market - Built on the love of the festive season, the gift of giving and gathering with friends and family, the Magic of Christmas Night Market offers a boutique shopping experience and fantastic eating and drinking. Held annual in early December.