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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
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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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Bring Full Wallet and Empty Tummy

Avarua beach, to 12 noon. I had only one Saturday here, and therefore only one stroll through this amazing market. Amazing—that 19,000 Cook Islanders can put out so much, and that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Eva v
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Powell River, Canada
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Powell River, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Avarua beach, to 12 noon. I had only one Saturday here, and therefore only one stroll through this amazing market. Amazing—that 19,000 Cook Islanders can put out so much, and that in a hot country. The market is a good two blocks long, with permanent and temporary stalls in several lanes. At the last moment I found a permanent stall... More 

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great wee spot to find amazing treasures to take Home! Everyone e was friendly and weather was great!

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Thank Candace C
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A local Saturday morning with lots of fresh produce at good pricing, great food options and smoothies. Get there early as things sell out. Also a lot of souvenir items and clothing so if you're looking for something to take home this would be a place to start looking.

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Thank Nicola W
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to be able to hit the market twice while we were on Rarotonga, so we didn't miss picking out any souvenirs to take home or trying out the different food vendors. This is the best place to find everything from fruits and vegetables, food vendors, crafts, souvenirs, black pearl jewelries, local activity booths and even to... More 

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1 Thank Cody P
San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

The market serves so many food delicious food items that went there for a Saturday brunch. This is also a perfect place to buy gifts for friends and family. Some of the local dance and music groups provide the entertainment. This is a great place to check out a lot of the local offerings at one place.

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Thank jcatex
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Anything you would want Rarotongan, its fabulous great for gifts. We always make a point of going breakfast, you name it they service it, its lovely.

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1 Thank Gary Judith S
brisbane australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

The Saturday morning market is a must do if you want to experience the vibrant colours, flavours and atmosphere of the Cook Islands. Don't arrive before 8 a.m. as not everyone will be set up and don't arrive after 11 a.m. as things will be winding down by then. It is a real local market with fresh fruits, vegetables, fresh... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

The Saturday market is a Raro institution. Tourists and locals flock there to buy fresh produce, cooked food and souvenirs. We hadn't gone there in 2014 and when we visited last month it didn't seem to have as many stalls as we remembered. Neither did there seem to be as many visitors. It's still worth a visit and hopefully it... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

This is a must do on a Saturday not during the week. Unfortunately, we arrived in port on a Friday so there was very little going on in the market. There were a few shops open and a few vendors selling fruits and fried foods but, little else. When we asked about it we were told it is usually only... More 

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Thank Richard F
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

Great fresh local produce available, locally made pareru's (sarong) locally made meals, entertainment at lunch time, a must on a Saturday morning , we always arrive in Rarotonga late in the week so we can get fresh fruit to see us through to the week

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