Nestled on the shores of Lake Wanaka, the charming town of Wanaka has a vibe reminiscent of a cosmopolitan city – without the crowds.
Rich in culture, creativity and alpine scenery, shopping in the charming Wanaka township offers a unique experience combining quality gift shops, boutiques and galleries with spectacular views. When you need a break from shopping visit one of the exceptional local cafes for great coffee, delicious food, and a relaxing outdoor dining experience.
For a small town, Wanaka has a reputation for fabulous fun and fashion boutiques. Looking for the latest ranges from New Zealand fashion designers? Head to 47 Frocks, known for their up-to-date collections and ability to constantly scout out new, upcoming designers. You’ll find clothing from New Zealand brand Chop at the flagship Chop Shop store in Pembroke Mall. For women’s fashion, Bella offers a great range of Kiwi labels including Workshop, Sylvester and Nyne. New Zealand merino knitwear and leather jackets can be found at Escape Clothing on Ardmore Street. Wools of Wanaka specialise in possum merino knitwear and only stock New Zealand made products.
Art and galleries
Local and international artists are inspired by the Wanaka region. For works from some of New Zealand’s most talented photographers, head to The Picture Lounge Gallery that features a selection of landscape, travel and fine art photography. Wanaka Fine Art Gallery is home to a fantastic range of sculptures, paintings, glass and drawings. Contemporary art in a range of media created by New Zealand artists can be found at Gallery Thirty Three.
Gift stores and souvenir shops
If you’re looking for a Kiwi-inspired gift for somebody back home or a special memento for yourself, there’s an abundance of specialty gift stores and souvenir shops in Wanaka. Don’t miss The Wonder Room, Gifted, Originz and Green Grove.