Local Heart, Global Soul

May 9, 2012

The Whole is Made of Two Very Different Halves… A Very Holistic Approach.

Filed under: NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Places and Sights,Reviews,Travel — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We are still in the Cafinate Coffee and Tea House in Rotorua, New Zealand.  There’s a great idea in place here, because the premises is shared by two separate businesses so can obviously both benefit from this dual purpose arrangement in having reduced overhead costs.

When you walk in the door you are in the Café section, but immediately to your right is “Simply Holistic” , a holistic gift shop, so you can browse a little whilst you are waiting for your lunch to be served, or in our case waiting for the slow ones to finish their lunch and for the rain to abate just enough to make the walk to the car parked a little distance away just a little less hazardous.

I’ll be honest, I’m not really into rock crystals and the like,  so those bits were of less interest to me personally, but the handmade soaps and natural products did grab my attention and I knew that someone we would be seeing later in the trip would love these too so we picked up a few nice things as gifts.

I love it when two businesses join together to make a partnership, it was relaxing to  be able to look around quietly and had the added bonus  that we hadn’t had to go and find a large shopping centre to go find gifts in.

And… if  this place hadn’t been incorporated into our late lunch hunt, I never would have discovered the item in my next post…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. these pictures are inspiring–very beautiful…great vibe.


    Comment by Leigh Donovan, HHC — May 9, 2012 @ 6:19 pm | Reply

    • Thanks and Welcome to my Blog!
      I’m not quite into everything that this place sells, but I love the natural soaps and organic herbal products, and it’s so relaxing to just have this off the side of a lovely cafe instead of in a shopping centre. Everyone in both places were super friendly and helpful, it was nice and personal and that’s missing from a lot of places these days.

      Comment by kiwidutch — May 9, 2012 @ 7:25 pm | Reply

  2. Keeping us intrigued, now are you?? 😉 Lovely little shop! I find those kinds of places so relaxing and calm….they smell nice, play nice music and seem to just have a healthy, good-spirited “vibe”. I bet you were refreshed just being there! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — May 10, 2012 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

    • Refreshed, rested and fed… excellent combination, the only thing missing was the change of dry clothes since we were really wet from the walking tour… but that was remedied once we got back to the hotel so three out of four is more than enough to keep us happy.

      Comment by kiwidutch — May 18, 2012 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

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