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Punanga Nui

Avarua, Cook Islands
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Avarua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
35 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
47 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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166 reviews 166 reviews
86 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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4 attraction reviews
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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Palmerston North
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I don't think we got around half of it!! Bought some beautiful fresh breads and coconuts, along with pareu to take home to family and friends. Will be back next time we visit. Would recommend you get there pretty early, it packs out pretty fast!!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This is a must see and stay for lunch place. The grounds were spectacular with colorful plants and towering trees. The organic cafe is small but they turn out delicious food. We sat in a small Gazebo surrounded by exotic scents and little ponds resided over by ornamental frogs.The service was friendly and speedy. I was a wee bit taken... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is a great place for weekly vegetables & fruit if you are staying in Rarotonga for more than a few days as restaurants can be expensive, and the gifts are reasonably price better than the shops.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Spent 2 Saturdays at the market got all souvenirs at excellent prices, there was entertainment food and friendly locals, worth a visit for sure

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