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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 Taupō. You won’t be disappointed with the wide variety of boutiques and galleries that uniquely represent the vibrant culture of the region.
Here you will find 16 establishments with beautiful gifts from the lovingly handcrafted to the deliciously delectable:
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. Read more about Lava Glass.
Visit Lava Glass: 165 SH5, Wairakei
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. Read more about L’Arte Café and Gallery.
Visit L'Arte Cafe and Gallery: 255 Mapara Road, Acacia Bay
ZeaYou Art Gallery is a spirited space based in the heart of Taupo town. The gallery exhibits stunning artworks, limited edition prints, sculptures, ceramics, stylish jewellery and so much more. The free gift-wrapping here is gorgeous too!
Visit ZeaYou Gallery: 47 Heuheu Street, Taupo town
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 emptyhanded!
Visit Replete Cafe & Store: 45 Heuheu Street, Taupo town
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.
Visit Charlie Who: 24 Heuheu Street, Taupo town
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.
Visit Jak&Co: 21 Heuheu Street, Taupo town
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.
Visit Spacecraft Creative: 19 Tamamutu Street, Suncourt Plaza, Taupo town
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.
Visit He Taonga Iti (Taupo Museum): 4 Story Place, Taupo town
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!
Visit Storehouse | Lush Lane: 14 Runanga Street, Taupo town
Take away a charming piece of Taupo from the weekly Taupo Market, currently held on Saturday morning at Riverside Park. Meet local producers, artists, crafters and bakers and feel inspired by their creativity, and grab some delectable treats along the way. From 5 Jan 2020 the newly created 'Market Central' will be operating on Sunday mornings at Northcroft Domain.
Visit Taupo Market: 1 Redoubt Street (Riverside Park), Taupo town
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.
Visit 3 Art Gallery: 299 Whangamata Road, Kinloch
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. Read more about Wildwood Gallery.
Visit Wildwood Gallery: 141 SH1, Waitahanui
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. Read more about Tukairangi Gallery.
Visit Tukairangi Gallery: 884 Tukairangi Road, Acacia Bay
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. Read more about Pihanga Art Gallery.
Visit Pihanga Art Gallery: 56 Turangi town centre, Turangi
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. Read more about Creel Tackle House and Café.
Visit Creel Tackle House & Cafe: 189 Taupahi Road, Turangi
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. Read more about Chef's Complements.
Visit Chef's Complements: 11 Gascoigne Street, Taupo town
"What are we doing today?" I'm convinced kids think their parents have magical powers - able to conjure up an exciting holiday adventure at a moment's notice.