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Spread the Aroha around when you visit Rotorua.

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Most of the team here at Rotorua Top 10 have grown up in this town – we love it, we love the people, and we love all our local small business owners that help to make Rotorua an amazing place to live and work.

In this blog we wanted to outline some of our favourite local small business owners who are so important to the growth and sustainability of our town.

These are our top pics for small crafts businesses we recommend are really worth a visit while you are here in our part of NZ:

Puawai Jade -  Famed jade carver Niki Nepia works in his workshop creating stunning pieces we are sure you will love. Visit his gallery at: 1174 Whakaue Street, Rotorua 3010

Mountain Jade - Offering an in-house jade carving experience and showcasing a beautiful range of jade necklaces this is another “must-visit” local business if you are looking for that perfect piece of Pounamu. Find them at: 1288 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010

Rock and Gemstone Shop – Operating for 40 years in Rotorua this amazing shop offers something for everyone from Gems, crystals and all the gear you need is this is your hobby interest. Well worth a visit! 1120 Eruera Street, Rotorua

Exotic Imports - Our local Mexican homewares, furniture, and tile importers. (This is a favourite of ours that is right in the CDB). Eclectic and one-off pieces that you won’t find anywhere else and a brilliant range of hand-made tiles. The perfect shop for that special gift. Your can find the shop at: 1148 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua

Gamble and Stone - Locally owned and operated. Importers of amazing India doors and shutters and suppliers of brilliant pieces for your home and garden. One of our favourites and the perfect place to find something unique. Thay are located at 1257 Amohia St (Beside Godfreys) Rotorua 3010

Amokura Glass-  Our local, award-winning glass blowing and design classes. Owned and operated by the amazingly skilled artist Heather Kremen. (Another favourite of ours- opposite Skyline) 153 Fairy Springs Rd, Rotorua 3015

Ko-Iwi Arts - Rotorua’s resident Maori artist and carver. Stunning works created for private commissions and for galleries. Each piece is created specifically for the client – you can reach out to Iwi Le Comte through his website

Sulphur City Soapery - A great local business whose aim is to lessen our impact on the planet by producing environmentally friendly local handmade soaps, body and home essentials. These are beautifully designed products and great for yourself or a gift for others. You can find them at 1240 Eruera Street, Rotorua.

We hope this encourages you to have a look around while you are here and shop with some of the smaller owner/operator businesses in our brilliant town.

It’s all about spreading the Aroha

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