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Punanga Nui

Avarua, Cook Islands
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Ranked #2 of 18 attractions in Avarua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: Punanga Nui is buzzing on Saturday mornings.  To enjoy the market like a local, drag yourself out of bed early (6 - 7am).  You'll get to see the... more »
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

To check out local produce in fact anything foodie plus art and crafts and clothes this is a brilliant market on a Saturday. Join the locals and be part of their culture. Laid back, addictive and definitely a must.

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Sydney
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Punanga Nui markets are the big Saturday markets in town. Lots of stalls selling clothes, gifts and food. Many stalls selling all kinds of delicious take away food offerings for a casual lunch. Running island-style free entertainment from the central stage makes for a great vibe for a lazy afternoon. Worth getting along to. Right in the middle of town.... More

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Sydney
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88 reviews 88 reviews
29 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Remember the days when Punanga Nui was a booth with fish hanging up and a few tables with pearls and handicrafts and some pareu stalls? I do, and I liked it much better than the oversized mishmash it has become. It seems to stretch on forever with the same things, stall after stall. The dancers and drumming is a nice... More

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New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The market was interesting, and a good place to get souvenirs. If you are planning on having lunch here make sure you get to the popular things (like fish sandwiches) early before they run out.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We went once when it was raining and it wasn't so great, but on the other sunny days it was bustling! Lots of food, pearl and produce stalls. Many shop owners are happy for a chat or even some free food if you are lucky!

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A market with an amazing lively atmosphere, we had a great time here- nice spot to pick up a sarong, flowers, leis, or other souvenirs, try out the fresh local produce and hear some island music or watch some dancers. We arrived about 10am and it seemed to be in full swing then :)

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Absolutely loved this market for it's atmosphere. Good selection of yummy food, great priced sarongs and gifts, happy smiling people all around and with really good music and performances on the centre stage what could be better .

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Dunedin
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

another great day for browsing and relaxing in the main area of town. great stalls and products for sale. Even got some bread for lunch

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Taradale, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Fantastic. Wander around and enjoy. Great produce, souvenirs and fabulous food. Free entertainment also. A great way to spend a Saturday morning.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

You'll get the best prices on the island here, & meet the people who made the things too. I wish I'd bought the $20 shell wind-chimes I saw here, as the same thing was $45 at the airport on our way home!! Lots of variety, lovely food, & the local dance acts perform on the stage from 10 am onwards.... More

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