One of a Kind Finds in Downtown Tauranga

A birdseye view of pottery on shelves.

Discover a variety of unique offerings from some of Tauranga’s most loved local businesses and brands.

Words by: Nicole Mudgway

Photos by: Anna Briggs

Tauranga is home to a wide range of one-of-a-kind finds, meaning you don’t have to look far to discover something special. From kid’s clothing to brand new books, homemade pottery and sustainable products, there’s something for every occasion, budget and desire. There’s even some room for a little self care.

With its waterfront location, Tauranga offers a distinct and relaxed shopping experience. Having undergone a lengthy period of revitalisation, downtown Tauranga has relied heavily on local support and as a result, the sense of community is especially strong. Everyone knows everyone, creating a real sense of family.

By choosing to shop locally, not only are you rewarded with plenty of one-of-a-kind finds, but you are contributing to a local economy that is particularly grateful for your custom. And when you’re done with the shopping, you can retreat down to the waterfront to admire your goods.

Books A Plenty

74 Grey Street, Tauranga

Books A Plenty boasts an extensive collection of books spanning both mainstream and niche genres, with a wide collection of classics and special editions. There’s a fun and interactive children’s section, stocking plenty of childhood classics as well as showcasing local children’s authors. In addition to being Tauranga’s largest independent bookstore, Books A Plenty also stands as a vibrant community hub, offering various events from hosting writer Q&As to local community gatherings, with plans to expand into music and poetry evenings in the future. So whether you’re after something tangible or a memorable experience, check whether Books A Plenty has what you’re after.

Bay Barbers

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Shop 23/24 Piccadilly Arcade, 44 Grey Street, Tauranga

Bay Barbers is so much more than just a traditional barbershop; it also fosters a sense of community, providing a relaxing space for clients to connect and unwind. The shop offers a pool table and also a custom fire truck chair for younger visitors, creating a welcoming environment for all. There is also a diverse range of speciality grooming products and accessories, including their exclusive Frank & Flo brand and a curated selection of New Zealand-made Hills Hats (with made-to-order options available). For those seeking a unique gift, Bay Barbers provides an unparalleled experience in finding the perfect fit.

The Pottery Studio

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109 Devonport Road, Tauranga

Rather than finding a unique piece, how about just making one of your own instead? The Pottery Studio offers immersive pottery classes, catering to both experienced hands and aspiring creators. Local tutors guide participants through the process of crafting with clay, with an emphasis on enjoyment over the output. After the workshop, the studio finishes off the pieces in a kiln, providing participants with their own memorable keepsakes of their experience.

Veto Zero Waste

www.vetozerowaste.online

veto. is an online-only, local brand taking the country by storm. Their mission is to simplify eco-friendly living by offering a wide range of zero waste, multipurpose cleaning goods. From washing powders to soaps, jars and brushes, each item has been carefully crafted to benefit not just the home, but also the planet. Buying sustainably is a purchase to consciously feel good about - regardless of whether it’s a gift or for yourself! 

The White Rabbit Store

3 Ninth Avenue, Tauranga

The White Rabbit in Tauranga is a treasure trove for those seeking unique and thoughtful gifts. Boasting a diverse array of handmade and design-led treasures, eco-friendly products, and one-of-a-kind items, it's an obvious stop for anyone looking for something special. With a keen focus on locally made goods, reworked vintage clothing, and an eclectic mix of trinkets and collectables, The White Rabbit ensures that every visit yields fun and unique discoveries. 

Little Trooper

28 Wharf Street, Tauranga

Little Trooper is a charming boutique catering to babies and children, offering a thoughtfully curated selection of clothing, toys, footwear, and games. There’s also a small assortment of accessories, clothing, and skincare for mothers. The store prides itself on providing genuine and attentive service, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for customers to enjoy. With a strong focus on stocking quality goods from renowned New Zealand and Australian brands, you can be confident that any purchase from Little Trooper will be highly functional and stylish, sure to go the distance.

High St Boutique

www.highst.co.nz

Style and individuality are seamlessly woven together at High St Boutique, one of Tauranga’s favourite high-end clothing stores. There is a commitment to supporting high-quality New Zealand labels along with environmentally conscious practices, so expect renowned Kiwi brands such as Zambesi and NOM*D. After being one of Tauranga’s must-stop shops for clothing, the store has recently closed its doors and transitioned to an online-only presence. However, its dedication to offering high quality garments remains unwavering, making it a go-to destination for those in search of something special for their wardrobe.

Findings

48 Ninth Avenue, Tauranga

Findings is like stepping into a treasure trove of vintage goodness, filled with all sorts of preloved goodies just waiting to be discovered. From funky jewellery and chic accessories to unique homeware pieces and other odds and ends, everything has been carefully selected to add a touch of character to your life. Plus, with prices that won't break the bank, it's the perfect spot for scoring something truly one-of-a-kind in Tauranga.

Breathe Salon & Spa

75 Grey Street, Tauranga

Indulge in some self-care at Breathe Salon & Spa, where you'll find a wide range of beauty treatments to pamper yourself. Whether you're in the mood for a relaxing massage, rejuvenating facial, stylish haircut, manicure, or waxing session, Breathe Salon & Spa has got you covered. And don’t worry, the gentlemen have not been forgotten! There's a full suite of pampering services tailored just to them as well. And if you’re undecided, gift vouchers can leave the decision making for later.

Neat Downtown Tauranga Places

Luxe Cinemas

The counter at Luxe Cinema Tauranga.
Place Downtown Tauranga
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If you believe going to the cinema should be about the full experience, look no further.

The Hop House

The bar seating area inside The Hop House Tauranga.
Place Downtown Tauranga
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Housed in a beautifully restored 1920’s building amongst the pedestrianised Wharf Street Precinct, The Hop House in Tauranga has become an obvious destination for...

Folk Coffee Roasters

A staff member being served at Folk Brewers Tauranga.
Place Downtown Tauranga
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Folk Coffee Roasters provides specialty coffee with purpose, knowledge, and experience.

Clarence Hotel & Restaurant

The covered dining area at Clarence Boutique Hotel in Tauranga.
Place Downtown Tauranga
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Situated in the soulful, historic post office building, the Clarence is the only boutique hotel in downtown Tauranga.