Situated right within the drinking water, Paihia is home to some selection of gift and souvenir outlets such given that the Cabbage Tree and Traveling Fish Design Store. When cruise ships are during the Bay, an area art and craft market is about up providing purchasers the opportunity to satisfy the artists in person and take away something that is definitely hand crafted or unique. Across the bay stroll alongside Russell’s promenade, complete with artwork galleries, present retailers and historical attraction from yester-year. Don’t overlook South Sea Artwork for local artwork, jewelry and crafts.
Even further inland, Kerikeri is actually a hub of boutique shopping, art galleries and markets; The Outdated Packhouse Market is held every Saturday, and on Sunday there is a Farmers’ Market – the two with create from local, growers, farmers and artisan’s. Pay a visit to the recent Ginger Gallery for contemporary New Zealand artwork, and absorb the five acres of Subtropical “Gardens of Significance” at Art at Wharepuke. The Stone Store in Kerikeri has operated being a normal store because the 1870’s, which is presents an reliable choice of trade products and quirky Kiwi items.
Whangarei & Tutukaka Coast
While in the heart of Whangarei – a city with 100 beaches – is an attractive shopping mall dotted with creative copper sculptures that tell the local history. Whangarei’s Tuatara Design Store showcases authentic Maori artwork, Taonga (traditional treasures), New Zealand art and souvenirs. At the town basin Burning Issues Gallery has an onsite glass blower Keith Grinter, and nearby watch Steve Haywood Master Jeweller create stunning handcrafted designs. The Bach is Northland’s largest Artisan’s gallery with 100% locally made arts and crafts. Purchase a handcrafted bone or pounamu (greenstone) piece of jewellery at The Quarry Arts Centre, or enjoy their array of other arts and crafts including wood, pottery, leather and textiles.
The Whangarei Growers Market is held every Saturday, and The Artisan’s Fair (which runs from October through to April) is filled to the brim with colourful arts, crafts, music and food. Just over an hour north of Auckland, the Mangawhai Beach & Country Market is held every Sunday (during summer), and the Waipu Saturday Market on the first Saturday of every month.
Even further north on the East Coast is The Gallery & Café at Helena Bay, stocked with a large selection of paintings, wooden art, handmade furniture, jewellery and ceramics – definitely worth the detour off the Twin Coast Discovery Highway at Whakapara.
Kauri Coast and Hokianga
Coastal scenery, ancient Kauri forests and sleepy town’s dot this part of Northland, known for its early Maori and European history. Never skip visiting the award-winning Kauri Museum in Matakohe; which brings Northland’s Kauri story to life with interactive displays. There is a great gift shop on-site with Kauri and gum product souvenirs.
In Dargaville, the Woodturners Kauri Gallery & Working Studio creates products harvested from swamp land over the Kauri Coast. Step into the world of Louis ‘the giant’ at Labyrinth Woodworks and Maze inside the Hokianga, and see friendly peacocks wandering the grounds. Browse Rawene’s galleries, or choose a ferry ride to the Village Arts Gallery in Kohukohu.
Getting off the beaten track and travelling to the Far North means being rewarded with a variety of unique, one-off artwork & craft stores. At Gumdiggers Park in Awanui, you’ll find an ancient buried kauri forest that’s between 40,000 and 150,000 years old. Purchase Kauri Amber jewelry and Kauri crafts like a uniquely kiwi souvenir to get home. Also in Awanui is the Ancient Kauri Kingdom, who sell ancient kauri heirloom products and ships them all over the world.
For authentic flax weaving, greenstone, Paua Shell (abalone) and bone jewellery, stop in for a pay a visit to at Flaxbush – found in a historic building at the entrance to Mangonui Village.