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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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Somerville, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

A good variety of crafts,food,clothing etc. The only disapointment was the weather, unfortunately.It was pooring with rain which I think drover alot of shoppers away.The only person who had a good day would have been the poncho & umbrella sellers.

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Canterbury Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed the markets. I had a great drink of coconut and picked up some beaut fresh fruit. It wasn't overly busy or overcrowded, and I enjoyed watching the chickens! Very colourful place, and well worth a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

alot of crafts and cheap fresh local veges and fruits. lovely flowers and very colourful even foam flowers, cute for gifts

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Avarua, Cook Islands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Three Words - Steak & Mushroom! Famous Steak & Mushroom Plate now selling for $12 Also the $2 Hotdogs! Yum!

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I had the opportunity to go twice. The first time I went; I listened to reviews saying that you should go around 7am for the freshest deals. Honestly; I was better off sleeping in. I embraced the fact that I could speak with some locals for 30mins - 1hr while I waited for stalls to arrive and open though. The... More

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Great way to start the Saturday morning. There is food everywhere from waffles to fruit. The place is full with tourist and locals enjoying their morning shopping for food or picking up the last of your holiday shopping. Well worth the visit, get there early for a good parking spot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I went to Punanga Nui Market last Saturday morning and had a great time there. We went to buy fish for dinner and also bought lots of fruit and vegetables. The place was buzzing with people, both locals and tourists. There seemed to be more local craftspeople there than last time, which is a real plus. The food stalls selling... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

To check out local produce in fact anything foodie plus art and crafts and clothes this is a brilliant market on a Saturday. Join the locals and be part of their culture. Laid back, addictive and definitely a must.

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Punanga Nui markets are the big Saturday markets in town. Lots of stalls selling clothes, gifts and food. Many stalls selling all kinds of delicious take away food offerings for a casual lunch. Running island-style free entertainment from the central stage makes for a great vibe for a lazy afternoon. Worth getting along to. Right in the middle of town.... More

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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Remember the days when Punanga Nui was a booth with fish hanging up and a few tables with pearls and handicrafts and some pareu stalls? I do, and I liked it much better than the oversized mishmash it has become. It seems to stretch on forever with the same things, stall after stall. The dancers and drumming is a nice... More

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