From the country’s only museum of contemporary art to a town famous for its vintage treasures, shopping in Taranaki is colourful, creative and fun.
The picture-perfect mountain at Taranaki’s heart has been a central figure for New Zealand art over the years - being painted, drawn or photographed by many of our nation’s greatest artists.
Mount Taranaki’s creative influence extends right around its base, inspiring a journey through studios, galleries and public art in the form of outdoor sculpture and exhibition spaces.
New Zealand’s first and only museum of contemporary art, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is a stunning building of curving, mirror-like stainless steel. Its latest addition, the Len Lye Centre, is dedicated to pioneering filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye. His noisy metal sculptures are worth experiencing. Allow time for shopping at the Len Lye Centre gift store – the place to go to take a piece of Len Lye home with you.
Waverly’s Glass and Art Studio offers the opportunity for guests to enjoy the creations of local artists as well as meet the makers themselves. Stratford’s Percy Thomson Gallery, New Plymouth’s Korver Molloy Gallery and KINA NZ Design + Art Space and Hawera’s Lysaght Watt Gallery and Quirky Fox are all well worth a visit. Home to collections of carefully curated crafts, art, jewellery and designs – many New Zealand made - they offer plenty of options for Kiwi-inspired souvenirs or gifts to take home.
For something rare and unique, head to Ringcraft Moana, who showcases beautiful, handcrafted pearl jewellery – a special gift idea for somebody special back home. Located on Surf Highway 45.
Voted one of Taranaki’s most popular ‘Must do's’ by the locals, Eltham’s vintage shops offer an eclectic shopping experience like no other. A 45-minute drive from New Plymouth, discover the retro wares of The Bank as well as the unique treasures of Decadence, Antiques and Effects, Dandelion Clocks and Pauls.
Soak up the vintage/country ambiance of New Plymouth store Tempt and shop for homewares, art, fashion and accessories.
Plantation Design House
Enjoy the unique wares of this New Plymouth design house, a shop filled with stunning pieces of designer statement furniture, plants and interior design wares.