A leisurely stroll along the wide footpaths of The Coromandel’s shopping precincts makes a pleasing winter experience. Wander into various independent boutiques and discover high quality fashion, homewares, gifts and accessories. The shopping experience on The Coromandel offers friendly service, spacious fitting rooms and ample car parking. Many stores stock Coromandel-made and New Zealand-made products and apparel. Expect to happen upon extraordinary treasures not to be found elsewhere.
Style for all stages and occasions can be found at several destination boutiques on The Coromandel, with cafes nearby to make a day of it and enjoy a leisurely lunch following a morning’s shopping. Mainly Casual is an established chain of women’s clothing stores, with boutiques in Whangamata, Thames and Whitianga. Millys on Main Street, Tairua and Kayla in Thames stock casual and occasion wear for the discerning customer who appreciates quality fabric and fit. Hello Friday in Pauanui is a destination store for style-seeking women and men of all ages.
For the fashion forward, Contain in Whangamata is a style mecca of contemporary international and New Zealand designer brands. Agnes + Annabel in Whitianga is another designer boutique, stocking a hand selected range of clothing, jewellery, eyewear, footwear, handbags, accessories and homeware. Stilo Collective Design Co is one half of Whitianga’s premier hair and clothing boutique. This stylish contemporary fashion boutique adjoins with Stilo Hair, offering the ultimate retail therapy experience where fashion meets beauty.
The Coromandel retail experience wouldn’t be complete without its iconic surf and streetwear stores. Harry and Her is an established independent streetwear boutique with locations in Whangamata, Whitianga and Waihi. Kit out the entire family as they cater for men, women and children. Outback Surf Shop in Pauanui is ‘not your normal surf shop’. Their carefully selected range of clothing and accessories also offers something for everyone in the family, no matter what your age, taste or shoe size. They also keep the shop well stocked throughout the year so you'll find clothing and accessories for every season.
Home & Lifestyle
Armoire in Pauanui is the place to go for essential appliances, indulgent gifts, elegant homeware and little useful things. Their carefully curated range includes delicate sterling silver jewellery, scarves, soft furnishings and trusted homeware brands. Just over the water, Haus Blank in Tairua is a place where everyone can find an object of desire in their price range. They carry quality goods of lasting value, including home decor, personal accessories and apparel presented in an uplifting and beachy atmosphere. Bella Design in Whangamata will help you select homeware, linen, giftware and babywear and also offer a gift wrapping service. Bounty in Thames is a contemporary design store and gallery showcasing art, craft and the handmade, with a distinct Anglo-Pacific flavour.
If you enjoy fossicking in vintage stores, make sure you take a wander through the Grahamstown precinct in Thames. The Crown Lynn and More Store is a hidden treasure there, stocked with vintage wares and an extensive collection of classic Kiwiana Crown Lynn pottery. Sol Mercado is tucked away in an industrial area of Whangamata and well worth a visit. It is a small boutique stocking ethical, artisan homeware that has been consciously sourced and carefully curated. For bibliophiles, Carsons Bookshop (est 1906) in Thames is a renowned Coromandel institution that keeps getting better with age. Their large book collection is curated by knowledgeable and friendly staff who aim to have the right book for everyone. As well as books, browse their new gallery and enjoy their vast magazine, greeting card and stationary selection.
Gifts & Souvenirs
Whangamata Souvenir & Jewellery Gallery is a one-stop shop for unique New Zealand and Coromandel-specific gifts to take home from your travels. They carry an excellent range of hand-carved pounamu (Jade) sourced from artisan carvers all over New Zealand. Also in Whangamata and further further north in Tairua, The Little Gallery (yes there are two!) is the place to go for the perfect gift of locally designed art produced across multiple mediums. Moko Artspace at Hot Water Beach carries contemporary art and gifts for all budgets, many with a distinctive Coromandel style.