The weekly Riverside Market is held every Saturday morning at Riverside Park, on Redoubt Road (beside the Waikato River). It features a wide range of goods from secondhand books and clothing to jewelry, fresh fruit, and Maori potatoes. It’s set in a sunny hollow surrounded by large trees and is a pleasant place for a quick breakfast or lunch surrounded by local activity. It starts around 8am and continues into the afternoon.
Say Cheese (and Wine)
The Merchant of Taupo, 111 Spa Rd. (tel. 07/378-4626; www.themerchant.co.nz), stocks a wide variety of imported and New Zealand cheeses, salamis, oils, sauces, wines, and other specialty items that you might like to take home as gifts -- or personal treats! Scenic Cellars, 32 Roberts St. (tel. 07/378-5704; www.sceniccellars.co.nz), stocks over 3,000 wine labels -- 32 available for tasting in the store every day -- in New Zealand's largest underground wine cellar.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.