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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
Activities: Shopping
Description: Saturday is the best time to visit this outdoor market where you can...
Saturday is the best time to visit this outdoor market where you can purchase fruits, vegetables, bedding and clothing.
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A Saturday must do!

We enjoyed the market on the Saturday we were there. Make sure you get there early before the crowds gather and go before breakfast so you can enjoy some of the delights on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Sue W
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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68 reviews 68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the market on the Saturday we were there. Make sure you get there early before the crowds gather and go before breakfast so you can enjoy some of the delights on offer. We were already fans of "LBV" and had to have a donut... don't miss these, they are gorgeous and they have two shops in town too!... More 

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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253 reviews 253 reviews
38 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The markets are certainly a draw card in Rarotonga . Lots of delish food stalls and plenty to look at . It doesn't warm up there till after 8 30 or 9 am though. We tried a great smoothie but the best part was the waffle shack where we had a great waffle and a very nice coffee. Sellers at... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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86 reviews 86 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The markets are a definite must do on Saturday mornings in Raro. We loved looking through the stalls. You can get some authentic Rarotongan food and drinks. Love the selection and vibe :)

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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156 reviews 156 reviews
78 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

The Punanga Nui Market is a must as here is a 1 stop shop for most things different crafts, jewellery, cooked foods. sarongs etc. About Raro Most restaurants and cafes only serve bottled water.Cost per bottle around $5 + small bottle. Which Side – West Coast close to walking to City Centre + great sunsets and snorkling East/South coast i.e... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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76 reviews 76 reviews
35 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The Punanga Nui markets are a must do when you're in Rarotonga - do try to ensure your stay includes a Saturday so that you can go check them out. We go for the food, mainly - a fantastic array of local delicacies, including fresh fruits, smoothies, poke and ika mata (raw fish marinated in coconut milk, onions, lemon/lime ...... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Loved these markets, they were great to browse around however prices at the markets were no different to the prices at the shops. Food stalls were amazing with so many different options to choose from and lots of authentic options. Onstage performances were lovely as well show casing the beauty of Rarotonga. Great experience.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

We visited the market when we first arrived in Rarotonga. There were lots of great local produce, coffee, snacks, lunch, souvenirs and entertainment. A great Saturday morning!

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Really enjoyed the market, alot of the islands local foods so my partner tried a few different things he wouldn't try back in Nz, I brought island style clothing and a few other things, not bad price

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Lakewood, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Get in your car! Hop on your scooter. Do whatever it takes, but don't miss the open air market on Saturday. Fruits, veggies, smoothies, rice dishes, island specialities, grilled meat, freshly baked bread surrounded by colorful fabrics, pounding drums, fabrics, flowers. It's all there along with the tourists and locals. Don't miss it!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

The weekly island gathering is at the Saturday morning market which starts at 8AM and goes to noon. Most people arrive around 9:30AM. Vendors sell papayas, avocados, and bananas. Food stands sell smoothies, chicken kebabs, seafood curries, waffles, nui (fresh young green coconut to drink), doughnuts, and coconut candy. Eat your breakfast and/or lunch here. Stores sell hand-dyed sarongs, black... More 

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Address: Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua

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