Rich Māori culture and history inspire much of the creativity and design behind the local art galleries, restaurants, markets, and boutique shops in Rotorua. In addition, the geothermal activity in the Bay of Plenty region is the source of many locally produced world-class beauty products. Here’s our visitor’s guide for the best places to hit the shops in Rotorua to pick up a bargain or find the perfect gift to take home.
The New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute has showcased generations of budding Māori artists – providing dedicated space to display and sell lovingly handcrafted art products.
Uncover special treasures and antiques at this unique store in the centre of town. You’re sure to find something to remind you of your epic shopping trip in Rotorua.
At Mountain Jade, you’ll uncover the timeless beauty of New Zealand’s greenstone, pounamu. Blending heritage and futuristic themes, you can browse a range of creative jade carvings in classic and contemporary designs.
Amokura Glass is a glass-making studio and gallery producing high-quality decorative and functional glass art. Visit the hot shop to watch live glassblowing and discover amazing stories behind each artist’s creations.
Cottage Flair is an upmarket patchwork shop offering quilting, knitting, dressmaking, and craft supplies with an onsite coffee shop.
Come shopping at the Rotorua Night Markets every Thursday from 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Browse boutique stores, feast on international cuisine, and listen to live local musicians.
The Rotorua Farmers Markets showcases the freshest locally sourced products in the region every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Grab some free-range eggs, honey, gelato, artisanal baked goods, and organic fruit and vegetables.
These Saturday Rotorua markets are open from 7 am to 1:30 pm each Saturday. Browse the locals’ stalls showcasing fresh produce, coffee, cakes, hot food, plants, healing balms, and more.
Discover over 52 speciality shops, dining options, cafes, and supermarkets in Rotorua Central Mall Shopping Centre. Spend hours working the plastic, or just grab what you need. Stores are open seven days a week. This Rotorua shopping centre features easily accessible free parking with entrances off Fenton, Victoria, and Amohau Streets.
Te Ngae Shopping Centre is a small local shopping mall perfect for grabbing a coffee or shopping for tonight’s dinner. The shops include a greengrocer, takeaway, cafes, and ATMs.
Grace and Glory is your go-to for stunning Rotorua homewares, gifts, and clothing. Enjoy shopping for everything you need for your home or find the perfect souvenir for friends and family.
Rotorua fashion designer Adrienne Whitewood opened Ahu Boutique to showcase the very best of Māori-inspired garments and jewellery for women, with each piece telling its own story.
Have you ever seen artwork created entirely out of jelly beans? Visit Skyline Rotorua’s Jelly Belly shop to see famous pieces replicated using tens of thousands of jelly beans – you’ll have to see it to believe it!
Are you shopping for baby and children’s toys? Monkey Kids offers a thoughtful collection of durable, educational, engaging products that your children can play with for years to come.
Need books, toys, stationery, greeting cards, or art supplies? Whitcoulls has an excellent selection at their shops in Inner City Rotorua and across New Zealand.
Located in Central Rotorua, visit Tutanekai Souvenirs for authentic and locally produced sheepskin boots, jewellery carved from local stones, magnets, and more.
Support locally made, heartfelt treasures with Simply New Zealand – Rotorua. Local designers, artisans, and craftspeople collaborate to bring you exquisite giftware, bespoke designer homeware, clothing, jewellery, and accessories.
Once you’ve spent the day shopping, come and take the Skyline Rotorua Gondola up to our Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar for some fantastic food and award-winning wine. Check out Skyline Rotorua’s travel blog for more attractions to see and fun things to do on your journey in Rotorua and throughout New Zealand.
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