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16 boutiques to fill your Christmas stocking

If you need some inspiration for a unique gift for that special someone, the perfect Secret Santa gift for your colleague, or cute stocking stuffers for the kids - look no further than Taupo. You won’t be disappointed with the wide variety of boutiques and galleries that uniquely represent the vibrant culture of the region!

This is a busy time of the year but that doesn't mean it has to be a stressful one. With plenty of free parking, shops within easy strolling distance, and many unique boutiques, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift – even for the hard-to-shop-for person in your life. And when you need a pick me up, there are loads of vibrant café’s, restaurants, and bars to keep you fueled during your shopping spree.

Below is the list of 21 boutiques – including the newest additions to the Taupo shopping scene!

1. Lava Glass - Glassblowing Studio, Sculpture Garden & Art Gallery

A gallery and studio like no other. Home to the works of award-winning glass artist Lynden Over. Shop for unique one-off hand-blown glass art with designs inspired by the colours and landscapes of Taupo. Every piece is an original work of art and make for exquisite gifts. 

2. L’Arte Café and Gallery

This mosaic wonderland is filled with creativity at every turn. Home to a working pottery studio and gallery. Call in for a coffee, wander through the art-filled gardens and purchase an artsy gift for yourself or a fellow garden lover. 

3. ZeaYou Gallery

Treat yourself to lunch at the award-winning The Brantry followed by a visit to their exclusive galley. They exhibit stunning artwork, limited edition, prints, sculptures, ceramics, stylish jewelry, and so much more.

4. Replete Café & Store

The award-winning Replete Café & Store offers delicious food, great coffee and plenty of beautiful homewares perfect for Christmas gifting this year. From baby products and linen to gorgeous ceramics, books and gourmet foodie products – you won’t walk away empty-handed!

5. Charlie Who

This creative and unique boutique supports both local and international designers alike. Find brands like Status Anxiety and the organic Nature Baby range and delicious foodie delights like lemon curd, meat rubs and infused oils. Charlie Who provides beautiful quality gifts and products for everyone in the family to enjoy.

6. Jak&Co

Jak&Co is a beautifully curated design studio and store where the owners’ creative flair and eye for interior design is evident. Working with a talented network of artisans, the team are passionate and knowledgeable about all the products that they sell. Pick up a fine fragrance, funky piece of statement jewellery or a hand-crafted piece of furniture.

7. Spacecraft

Spacecraft is a planet friendly, boutique store that offers creative homewares, eco-friendly products, potted greenery, artwork and beautiful gifts. Working with New Zealand artists, and having a passion for handcrafted and sustainable products, the team at Spacecraft know the story behind all their suppliers and products.

8. He Taonga Iti (at Taupo Museum)

Meaning small treasures, He Taonga Iti is your one stop shop to find anything uniquely kiwi. Their remarkable selection of gifts range from colourful Tetra Pak jewellery to New Zealand story books including drawings and pictures from local illustrators - perfect for an authentically Taupo gift. Read more about Taupo Museum.

9. Storehouse | Lush Lane

Food, coffee, and shopping all in one place! A favourite amongst locals, the Storehouse Taupo is a divine brunch spot, with an industrial feel to the space. Admire the hanging greenery and purchase a beautiful indoor plant from Lush Lane, along with a funky hanging pot to display it in!

10. Market Central Taupo

Take away a charming piece of Taupo from the weekly Market Central Taupo, currently held on Sunday mornings at Northcroft Reserve. Meet local producers, artists, crafters and bakers and feel inspired by their creativity, and grab some delectable treats along the way. 

11. 3 Art Gallery

Also known as Woody’s Place, this eco-friendly gallery creates amazing wood craft pieces and sand art. Their philosophy is natural, sustainable, recycled, meaning that all their creations are great for the planet, and beautiful to look at too.

12. Wildwood Gallery

Based in the small lakeside village of Waitahanui, just 10-minutes from Taupo town, master artists Robbie and Sue Graham showcase unique paintings and stunning woodcrafts, all lovingly created in their home studio and gallery. From garden sculptures to braziers, watercolor artworks and wooden ornaments.

13. Tukairangi Gallery

Also known as Ross Palmer Pottery, this gallery shows off a vast range of beautiful pottery and ceramics suitable for all occasions. Producing unique pieces in a range of colours - perfect for serving those yummy new potatoes this Christmas.

14. Pihanga Art Gallery

Located in Turangi, you will find many exciting gifts for purchase, inspired by the region’s surroundings. Exhibiting local artists from the Turangi and Tongariro area, the gallery showcases a range of beautiful paintings, pottery, jewellery, sculptures, flax fibre art, photography, wooden crafts and so much more.

15. Creel Tackle House & Café

This Turangi based café and store is a favourite for anglers and locals alike. Offering great coffee, perfect pastries, Taupo and Tongariro inspired homewares and gifts, as well as fishing hardware and accessories - a wonderfully quaint place to pick up a gift for your fish-loving friends.

16. Chef’s Complements

A kitchenware wonderland where you will find absolutely everything you need for the cooking and baking enthusiast in your life. You will feel inspired as soon as you walk in the door, with creative serveware, eco-friendly food storage solutions, cake decorating supplies, stylish small appliances, kitchen tools and accessories galore.

17. The Cat's Pajamas

"A definite stop on your pressie hunt!" Give yourself some time to search through the unique finds here. From fun outdoor ornaments to colourful Fiona Clark artwork to funky homewares – you can even get your very own #LoveTaupō mug when you’re there! The Cat's Pajamas is the perfect place to shop for the person who has everything.

18. Baked With Love

Want a one-stop-shop for brekkie and stocking stuffers? You'll shop 'til tea time once you've tried Baked With Love's full breakfast and lunch menu. Fill up on their Doughnut French Toast, Farmers Omelette, or the doughnuts that started it all, and then use that energy to shop the section stocked with artesian candles, soaps, and bags of delectable treats.

19. Little and Mighty

Boutique shopping isn’t just for the grown-ups in your life. Little and Mighty stock hand-crafted New Zealand creations and a carefully curated collection from around the world. From hand-crafted toys to the cutest summer outfits, this is the place for the littles in your life.

20. The Collective Taupo

If ethical shopping is your thing, then look no further than The Collective Taupo. Being a co-op, they stock a wide collection of Fair Trade women’s clothing, New Zealand-made items from the Luv It ranges of massage balms, essential oils, and natural soaps to their fair-trade handbags and linens. A highlight is the unique jewelry – you'll find necklaces, bracelets, and rings that the ladies in your life won’t want to take off.

21. The Merchant of Taupo

The Merchant isn't just for purchasing holiday cheer in a bottle. You can order incredible culinary gift baskets to delight any foodie! 

Forget fighting traffic, and running from suburb to suburb! 

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You've finished your holiday shopping with these boutiques and shops. Now enjoy the selection of award-winning fine dining, lakefront views, and outdoor adventures the Taupo region has to offer.

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