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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
Activities: Shopping
Description: 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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Must Do On A Saturday Morning!

We were on the island 3 weeks and went every Saturday morning! Fun atmosphere! Nice little holiday gifts, and the Waffle Shack is there for lunch! Do note, it is only on until... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We were on the island 3 weeks and went every Saturday morning! Fun atmosphere! Nice little holiday gifts, and the Waffle Shack is there for lunch! Do note, it is only on until 12pm, then everywhere, including the stores, close up for the day. They have live music and dancers which are fun to watch. M&M Ukulele has a stall... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Great morning out. The dance performance starts around 10 and was great to watch. We tried lots of local food and drink. Felt very safe letting the kids wander on their own.

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Grimsby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Every Saturday morning, great fresh produce and food. All businesses are there with their wares. Market prices are better than store and they are willing to negotiate. Very friendly locals. Full on mixing with tourists. Great experience not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Punanga Nui is fantastic fun. Get their early for breakfast and check out the stalls which give you an amazing overview of what is available craft, art wise in Rarotonga. Chat to the stall holders and you will learn all about the Islands. Grab a fresh made juice and watch the cultural show, the MC is very funny the girls... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a Saturday morning must do if you are on the island on a Saturday. Be sure to get there mid morning or earlier as it is all over by mid day. There are lots of yummy food places to buy food and eat at. It is also the place to buy souvenirs. They had a island dance and... More 

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We always start with breakfast at the waffle place, then just wander around shopping. Great place to stock up on island shirts and pareos. Also stick around for lunch for a plate of delicious, cheap island food, even take some home to save on food costs.

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Cardiff, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

It was a good way to see a lot quickly and an enjoyable morning especially with free cultural shows. I would not recommend buying anything as all goods for sale are available in the shops at cheaper prices, however it does give you a good overview of what is available and where to go shopping later on. A lot of... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

MY son made himself sick eating so many yumi doughnuts,could not stop him eating them.myself eat fresh fruit, drink coconut juice got some t shirt, carvings enjoyedhe day there, highly recommended to visit

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We enjoyed the market on the Saturday we were there. Make sure you get there early before the crowds gather and go before breakfast so you can enjoy some of the delights on offer. We were already fans of "LBV" and had to have a donut... don't miss these, they are gorgeous and they have two shops in town too!... More 

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The markets are certainly a draw card in Rarotonga . Lots of delish food stalls and plenty to look at . It doesn't warm up there till after 8 30 or 9 am though. We tried a great smoothie but the best part was the waffle shack where we had a great waffle and a very nice coffee. Sellers at... More 

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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua

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