Offering something for everyone, The Coromandel is a shopper’s paradise, with a treasure trove of goods to be found inside every store. Contemporary fashion boutiques, fine art galleries and design stores sit comfortably alongside vintage precincts, bustling markets and modern concept stores. A passion for creativity, innovation and a homegrown respect for the environment is reflected in the products you will be delighted to discover when shopping in The Coromandel. With easy parking, plentiful choice and a buzzy beach town atmosphere, shopping in The Coromandel is a relaxing and fun way to enjoy a good for your soul kind of day.
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Shopping in The Coromandel offers something for all types of treasure hunter. Cutting edge fashion sits in contemporary boutiques alongside New Zealand art and design stores, modern concept stores and vintage troves filled with surprising and unexpected delights from days gone by. The character and variety to be discovered when shopping your way around The Coromandel is what makes it so appealing. Many of New Zealand’s favourite chain stores can be found in The Coromandel’s larger towns, as well as local boutiques carrying a carefully curated range of local, New Zealand made and international brands from near and far.
The Coromandel carries a long and proud legacy of creativity. Shopping for locally made art, craft and designware is a satisfying experience that will inspire and delight the creative palette. Many artists’ studios are open to the public, with a vast array of fine art galleries and design stores showcasing the art and crafts of the region. Look out for stores carrying Maori art, weaving, wood carving and pounamu if you are seeking a special gift, or piece of art with significance and meaning.
Local markets offer a hive of activity, atmosphere and place to seek out hidden hand-crafts, fashion, food, homemade toys, delectable skincare and boutique beauty products. Browsing a Coromandel market on a Saturday morning is a joyful and friendly way to spend a few hours. Mingle with locals, learn from passionate producers and come away laden with lovingly made gifts and goodies.
For passionate foodies, The Coromandel is an abundant place in which to forage and find new foods. Artisan producers bring their homegrown Coromandel ethos, combined with extensive talent, skill and innovation to create some of the most delicious cheese, chutneys, wholefoods, seafood and specialty produce in New Zealand. Enhance your shopping endurance by replenishing at one of the many excellent cafes carrying fresh, healthy and delicious menus, many of which reflect the unique flavours of the region. Most Coromandel cafes also sell specialty food products, such as spice mixes, relishes, jams and vinaigrettes, which make great gifts to take home to family and friends.
You’ll be surprised to discover the number of upmarket fashion boutiques in Whitianga, Whangamata, Tairua, Pauanui and Thames. Locally owned, by savvy retailers with a passion for fashion, many of these boutiques have become destination stores, worthy of a day trip in their own right. Their reputation for carrying NZ made, local and designer brands people know and love - along with excellent customer service - has travelled far and wide. Choosing that perfect outfit for a special outing is a breeze with the level of service you can expect to receive. For vibrant, trendy surf and streetwear, The Coromandel is home to a vast number of independently owned and operated surf shops, carrying all the big brands, including international surf and streetwear labels that reign supreme for the young (and young at heart)!
Shopping in The Coromandel is a breeze. Most towns offer a central shopping street with plenty of free parking and pleasant paved footpaths on which to stroll unhurried. Even reluctant shoppers will be able to sit in sunny spots at park benches and enjoy the relaxed beachy vibe that Coromandel town centres provide. Shops generally open at 9am and close at 5pm, with extended hours during the summer months. Wall art, gardens and well-considered outdoor spaces enhance the pleasure of a day spent shopping in The Coromandel. Make a day of it. You won’t be disappointed.