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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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Good mix of stuff

So all over the world there's weekly markets of some sort or another, this one is Rarotonga's version. So as long as you keep that in mind, it is a great setting to go searching... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2015
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Hobart, Australia
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Hobart, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

So all over the world there's weekly markets of some sort or another, this one is Rarotonga's version. So as long as you keep that in mind, it is a great setting to go searching for both local and tourist'y stalls for both food and stuff. In addition the weekend we went they had performances on the stage from one... More 

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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We zipped into town about 08:00 for the once-weekly Saturday morning market, where it seems most of the town comes out and participates. We found some very tasty options for brunch - fruit smoothies, waffles, pork rolls, steak sandwiches. We also browsed and purchased some produce, but surprisingly, the selection of fruit and vegetables that were available on Raro were... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We went to Punanga Nui market twice. The first time it was torrential rain and most of the stalls didn't set up. The second time we slept in and didn't get there until 9 which is great for most of the stalls, however if you want fresh veggies you need to be there at the crack of dawn. The food... More 

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Helena
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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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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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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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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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63 reviews 63 reviews
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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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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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