Taupo, Family Shopping

  • The Linen Room

    Looking for designer duvet covers or baby clothes? Stuck for special gift ideas? NZ boutique shop The Linen Room specialises in luxurious bedroom, nursery and bathroom homeware in Taupo.

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  • Whitcoulls

    Whitcoulls stock early play toys and toys for older children, and this major national bookstore also has a huge selection of books, games and magazines for the whole family. Check out their website too!

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  • Lava Glass Studio, Gallery & Cafe

    Lava Glass studio and café serves fresh home-made delectable food for morning tea, lunch and afternoon teas. Enjoy a creamy Organic Fair Trade coffee on the café couches or outside on the patio. Choose from a variety of freshly made cabinet food made with wholesome local and seasonal produce. A full menu is available including the popular venison pie and the chef's daily special.  The Lava Glass gallery includes one-off pieces, Lynden Over’s ‘Volcanic Range’ and the latest additions to his exquisite ‘Ebb & Flow’ Series.

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  • The Wool Shed

    The Woolshed offers fine New Zealand-made products including sheepskin vests for children, novelty rugs and accessories, all made from New Zealand wool or possumdown. They have an overseas packaging and postal service in store.

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  • Purple Patch Taupo

    We are a non-profit shop that sells infant to adult gifts on behalf of local artisans and handcrafters. Profits are donated to local charities.

    Handknits (infant to adults), Soft & Wooden Toys, Babywear, Ski Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Purses, Quilts, Cushions, Greeting Cards, Fabric Goods, Housewares, Jewellery and much more.

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  • T & T Childrenswear Taupo

    T&T Childrenswear is an iconic household name, familiar to most New Zealanders.  Our clothing now is enjoyed by all... 'fashion at a fraction' is the new mission statement. Quality and design are at the forefront, bringing into New Zealand kids' clothing that is not just affordable but worth it to everyone! Some special pieces, pieces for every day, and pieces for our barefoot Kiwi Kids to just muck around in all day.

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Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.