The PORT: Great handbags.
Not really near downtown Hamilton, and you need a car to get to it, but this shop has the most wonderful array of handbags I have seen!!
Although not really near tourist routes, if you find you spend some days in Hamilton and you buy an outfit and need to get a handbag to match, this is the place to go.
What to buy: Handbags and more handbags!! Some accessories such as scarves too. A good selection of New Zealand made handbags, made from imported Italian leathers.
What to pay: Not cheap, but quality leather handbags, around $NZD220.
The Platter Place: Surprisingly delightful café.
Not really anywhere near the "beaten track", this Café is worth the effort if you spend some days in Hamilton and have access to a car.
Really nice food and drinks. Primarily a kitchen that prepares platters for parties and taking away. However you can dine here and they serve very trendy and nice food.
A small array of delicatessen items for sale.
What to buy: Delicatessen items, Recipe book, coffee and food.
Kathmandu: Adventure clothing and equipment.
This is the best shop to buy adventure gear, clothing and equipment.
There are many Kathmandu stores around New Zealand, in the main centres.
What to buy: Polarfleece clothing, excellent quality backpacks, water bottles, holders, portable travel items/tools.
What to pay: Many times through the year Kathmandu has a big sale, and this is the best time to buy. You can often find bargain bins in the store at any time of year.
SEPTEMBER - Spring Clean sale 50%
- Adventure Travel
The Map and Chart Shop: The Best Map Shop in town.
Here you can buy maps and great information on NZ's walks. These can be hard to find, but this shop has it all!!
What to buy: Topographical maps, marine charts, overseas maps, travel guides. Globes.
Information about walks in New Zealand with maps, and some books about native animals/birds and fauna.
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Donovan's Chocolate Factory
Donovan's Chocolates is a family owned and operated chocolate factory located in North Hamilton. They manufacture their own chocolates which you can purchase in their boutique shop. There is also a little cafe there.
- Food and Dining