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LITTLE SHOPS THAT SPARK JOY

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

BRUCE MCKENZIE BOOKSELLERS

For over 20 years this family run bookstore has stocked thousands of new books with a focus on titles and authors that tell the story of NZ and Manawatū.

Bruce started Bruce McKenzie Booksellers for the love of books. His shop first opened in 1996 under the new public library on the south side of the town square in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

BOUTIQUE BASH

Boutique Bash Ashhurst 3

The Boutique Bash is a beautiful eclectic boutique retail store based in Ashhurst Village, just 15 minutes drive from Palmerston North. It's a must stop if you're exploring the Manawatu Scenic Route or taking a day trip to Pohangina Valley.

Browse modern homeware, women and kids fashion wear, jewellery and the most beautiful range of gifts.

Address: 160 Cambridge Ave, Ashhurst.

ORLANDO STORE

Orlando Store is a space curated to deliver goods and products that help to compliment everyday modern living with classic style. With pieces that are long lasting and look at home in any room of the house.

Based in Manawatū, Orlando Store is located at the family owned and operated venue Orlando Country, just a stones throw away from Palmerston North city, which overlooks the driving range and nine-hole golf course towards the Tararua Ranges.

Address: 748b Rangitikei Line, Palmerston North

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.  

Address: Cnr State Highway 1 & Rongotea Road, Manawatū

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.

Address: 131 Rangitikei Street, Palmerston North

DESIGN & DESIRE BOUTIQUE

Just a scenic 15 minute drive from Palmerston North’s city centre, Design & Desire boutique is located in Caroline’s Gardens, in Aokautere. For 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 & Desire is a must-do in Manawatū. 

Address: 613 Fitzherbert East Road, Aokautere

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