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Punanga Nui

Avarua, Cook Islands
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Ranked #3 of 18 Attractions in Avarua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: Punanga Nui is buzzing on Saturday mornings.  To enjoy the market like a local, drag yourself out of bed early (6 - 7am).  You'll get to see the... more »
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Yes, the market is predictable in where many sell over-priced items nevertheless Saturday mornings this is the place to be; if just to experience. Spend the morning with the locals, savor the cheap eats and stop over the photo booth for memories on print.

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London, United Kingdom
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75 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Vibrant and noisy Saturday morning market in Avarua. Some live performances on the stage to keep the punters happy. Otherwise, a slightly predictable arrays of stalls, a few offering some interesting local stuff, many just selling knock-offs and cheap imports. Quite a few places to buy food and drink to eat in the market but less, regrettably, to sample local... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We always time our trips to Raro to include at least one if not 2 or 3 Saturdays so we can visit the market. We are able to get all our fruit and veges for the week; fresh bread and baked goodies; plus a stop for a smoothie and some delicious kebabs. We travel home with all our purchases on... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

You can visit this area almost any day, but the best day to come is on Saturday morning during the big market. You will find food, produce, black pearls and jewelry, and art. They will also regularly have performers on a small stage through the day. This is a great place to walk around and just take in the local... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Active market, local goods for sale, mainly clothing etc. Thought there would be more fresh fruits etc. Live entertainment and island atmosphere.

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Sydney, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Your Saturday morning needs to start with a visit to the markets. A good range of goods and eats. The cultural show featuring island children was impressive. Plenty of food stalls with the BBQ theme.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We arrived at 9am and spent a good couple of hours quickly checking out all the stalls, buying breakfast to munch on, before going back and spending more time at the places that caught our interest. Some of the stalls have non-cheap quality items so you may need to prioritise which places you are going to spend your cash at... More

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Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Highly recommend visiting if you get the chance. Awesome local cooked food, music, dancing and fresh, fresh local fruit etc. Great opportunity to buy gifts etc for home and to support the local community.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Great range of local foods and gifts well worth a visit a must see for visitors make sure you arrive early.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

I didn't think this place was gonna be so big, stalls everywhere with heaps of fresh produce/food stalls/gift shops/art they have it all. Was raining heavy when we went but was still really fun place to be. Was hoping for some live music but they only had a stereo going on the stage thing.

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