Welcome to Milford

Milford is a great shopping centre based around the former seaside settlement famous for it's Saturday night dances at the Pirate Ship dance hall. With close to 300 businesses in the district, we're sure we have something for everyone. From cafes and boutique clothing stores, specialty cheese stores through to hardware stores, Milford really does cover it all. You'll find a full list of the businesses within Milford's centre on our business directory

As well as being an excellent shopping destination, Milford also has an exciting future ahead. The development of Milford streetscape and business areas to accommodate a sustainable population growth in the area is planned for the next 30 years. These developments look to both enhance the area whilst still keeping the strong Milford identity. Keep an eye out for the changes happening around Milford!

There are lots of reasons to head to Milford this summer; our annual Pirate Market Day, the Vive La France festival, to check our wonderful beach cafes and restaurants, or for a spot of shopping. Don't miss out on experiencing our fantastic town this summer.

The Story behind Tango's Shoes


Tango’s Shoes is the brainchild of Melanie Dowling who originates from Northampton, which is historically known to be one of the main towns in the UK to manufacture footwear - hence the nickname “Cobblers”. Subsequently footwear was always going to be a passion for Mel…...

Having emigrated in 1998 and started a family with NZ Born Husband Gary in the seaside town of Whitianga in the Coromandel, Mel felt starved of fashionable footwear as all that was offered in NZ at that time was deficient in variety, plain and lacked the European Flair she was accustomed to in the UK.

After spending several months in Bueno Aires late 2003/04 whilst husband Gary was recovering from a disastrous spine operation, Mel had time to immerse herself in the abundance of fashionable footwear available in Argentina. 

On her return, Mel decided NZ needed a shake up and subsequently opened her first store in Whitianga in 2004, followed by another 6 stores, iconically naming them after the traditional dance of Argentina where the inspiration originated. 

Our much loved Milford store was opened about 11 years ago when the current manager, Ingrid first started working for Tango's Team in the Whitianga location. Tango's Shoes was one of the first shoe shops to open in Milford. Over the years we've seen many more shoe shops come and join the area, which helps elevate Milford as the Shoe Mecca" it is known for today.

The Tango’s team spend months each season designing tobring you collections that are fashion forward, unique and suit a vast cross section of our clients sourced throughout the world especially for you. 

Mel has built a great culture around her brand surrounding herself with staff that are passionate about footwear, understand shoes and with their supreme customer service the team will leave you feeling empowered with knowledge and choice!

Visit one of our 7 store’s and begin your journey with Tango’s today!


Tango's Shoe's MILFORD

09 488 0495




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