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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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Awesome local market

Really enjoyed the market, alot of the islands local foods so my partner tried a few different things he wouldn't try back in Nz, I brought island style clothing and a few other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed the market, alot of the islands local foods so my partner tried a few different things he wouldn't try back in Nz, I brought island style clothing and a few other things, not bad price

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Lakewood, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Get in your car! Hop on your scooter. Do whatever it takes, but don't miss the open air market on Saturday. Fruits, veggies, smoothies, rice dishes, island specialities, grilled meat, freshly baked bread surrounded by colorful fabrics, pounding drums, fabrics, flowers. It's all there along with the tourists and locals. Don't miss it!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

The weekly island gathering is at the Saturday morning market which starts at 8AM and goes to noon. Most people arrive around 9:30AM. Vendors sell papayas, avocados, and bananas. Food stands sell smoothies, chicken kebabs, seafood curries, waffles, nui (fresh young green coconut to drink), doughnuts, and coconut candy. Eat your breakfast and/or lunch here. Stores sell hand-dyed sarongs, black... More 

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Rolleston
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36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

my wife and I spend a lovely Saturday morning here. great stalls selling ever thing and great prices. I brought the wife a lovely pearl necklace. I recommend you buy from one of the pearl farmers at the market then you know what you are buying as there are different grades and there are stalls selling Chinese knock offs. This... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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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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