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Punanga Nui

Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Avarua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: Saturday is the best time to visit this outdoor market where you can purchase fruits, vegetables...
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: Saturday is the best time to visit this outdoor market where you can purchase fruits, vegetables, bedding and clothing.
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Helena
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We did expect, and find, shopping on the island to be limited and a little expensive. But our last stop after a long hot morning walking through the market was Tokerau Jim's Cook Island Art and black pearls. We watched him make the most magnificent detailed designs on shells, and he will even engrave your purchases for free. His prices... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Well worth a visit on Saturday morning to get stocked up with fresh produce and have something to eat. The souvenirs are the same as you can get in the shops and didn't appear any cheaper however. The atmosphere was great and clearly well supported by the locals.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Was on a mission to buy black pearl gifts for family members and wasn't disappointed. Managed to get what I wanted for very reasonable prices.

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Lenexa, Kansas
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14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We were told not to miss this Saturday market. It was enjoyable and a nice change of pace. Don't eat breakfast before coming as there are tables and stalls of incredible looking food. There were lots of local arts and crafts. Fabrics, flowers, T-shirts, pearls and souvenirs. It's maybe a couple of blocks long and the island bus drops you... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

If you happen to be on the island on a Saturday, check out the Punanga Nui. The place was very busy, and a lot of fun to visit on Saturday. When I was in Rarotonga, the general consensus I heard from a lot of folks was that the market wasn't too busy during the week. I also noticed a lot... More 

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Hokitika, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I recomend the Punanga Nui Saturday market to everyone visiting Raro. There was heaps to see and buy with lots of local produce and local dishes. Rearly enjoyed this.

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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Everyone should go to the markets on Saturday morning! The dancing show is great, lots of local produce, great place to wander around and experience Rarotonga time!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I was a bit worried we'd miss the markets because it was raining early in the morning but of course it cleared up and we could go. If you're going to Rarotonga make sure your trip covers a Saturday morning because this place is a real treat. It was a lot bigger than I thought it would be based on... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

There is only one place to go on a Saturday morning and its here, but come early before the sun is high in the sky. I was surprised at the amount of different types of food available for breakfast, curry anybody?? There are quite a few stalls selling locally produced clothing, souvenirs etc. This was the only place I spotted... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The best but sweetest breakfast ever! We had fruit salad, ice cream & chocolate topping on our waffles - what a blast!! Had to go again the following Saturday. They also serve them with bacon & eggs...excellent place.

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