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There are fashion boutiques with local and international designer labels, vintage stores, ceramics, and art and craft galleries full of beautiful items small enough to pack in a suitcase. Homewares are a specialty, and even local cafes have a corner dedicated to pretty items for the house.
As you might expect in an adventure sport capital, there are outdoor and sporting goods stores to supply every sporting need, as well as maps, licenses and guides.
On Sunday mornings, Market Central Taupo at Northcroft Reserve has a variety of stalls selling jewellery, candles, artisan crafts and homewares, fresh produce and tasty treats.