Dotted throughout the Manawatū are little shops that spark joy  from handmade local products to unique bespoke pieces, you’ll find off the beaten path shopping spots that offer something extraordinary for everybody. 

Design and Desire boutique at Caroline’s Garden 

Just a scenic 15 minute drive from Palmerston North’s city centreDesign and Desire boutique is located in Caroline’s Gardens, a popular wedding venue in AokautereFor over 20 years, this interior design and soft furnishings boutique has had a growing clientele, locally and from further afield, who knew that this hidden gem is like stepping into another world. With home décor pieces that will sweep you off your feet, dreamy drapes and gifts galore, Design and Desire is a must-do in Manawatū. 

Design and Desire Boutique

Design and Desire boutique

Urban Charm  

Situated along The Square in Palmerston North’s CBD, Urban Charm is a true shopper’s delight. With an amazing range of cards, cookbooks, award-winning chocolates, locally made products, homewares, jewellery and much more, there’s always something to catch your eye. When you’ve had your dose of retail therapy, pop over to sister shop, Urban Pantry just two doors down and enjoy this cool little BYO café’s tasty offerings including organic kombucha and cold-brew nitro coffee on tap. 

Urban shopping Palmerston North

Urban Charm

Furniture Fair

Step into a world of unrivalled character and charm, as you explore Furniture Fair! For more than 40 years Furniture Fair has stocked their shop with some of Palmy’s best gifts, homewares and furniture. If you’re searching for a statement piece that will stand the test of time, you won’t have to look too far here. Nooks throughout the shop are tastefully designed into individual display settings – from lounge and dining room set-ups to table settings and mantel displays.

Tonic & Cloth

Nestled in the heart of Palmy’s central city is a start-up clothing brand with a heart for empowering women. Tonic & Cloth sets the tone with their tagline that all women can embrace (and relate to!) – Monday clothes that feel like Sunday. Tonic & Cloth partner with the empowering Holi Boli sewing house to create their collections, as well as manufacturing in beautiful Aotearoa. Their trousers, tops and dresses are gentle on the body with natural fibres including silk, linen, organic denim and cotton that is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard.

The little shop at Apiti Lavender Farm 

Rewa Gallery in Waituna West 

Rewa Gallery is an off the beaten track gallery located just 25 minutes outside of Feilding on the iconic Stormy Point Route.  Seekers shall find a creative space filled with brilliant clay based ceramics by resident artist Stewart Fulljames. Having explored and experimented with Raku, a traditional Japanese firing technique for over 25 years, Stewart’s artistic creations of whiteware and earthenware are beautiful to behold and practical to use. 

Wholegrain Organics on The Square 

Offering a great selection of pasta, bread, and carob bars all handmade onsite, Wholegrain Organics is a registered charity that operates like a business, and is a one stop shop for the conscientious consumer. With a delicious menu of vegan, organic eats to enjoy alongside the organic produce and dry goods available for purchase, this is a place where healthy eating is made easy – and located conveniently along The Square. 

Wholegrain Organics dry goods

Waireka Honey Centre

Conveniently located on State Highway One just south-west of Sanson, this road side shop is a must-do shopping experience. Waireka Honey Centre produces an incredible range of honey on site as well as an impressive selection of beekeeping equipment for hobby and commercial beekeepers alike. Creamed or combed honey, honey mead, their ever popular homemade honey ice creams, bee pollen and even pure beeswax pellets, you’ll be amazed at the variety of skincare and health care honey products here, not to mention a honey hive viewing area where you can see the busy bees at work.  

Waireka Honey Centre beekeeping equipment

Waireka Honey Centre beekeeping equipment

Sample the region by browsing the local markets and meet the makers and growers.

Check out our guide to Manawatū markets you’ll love.