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Punanga Nui

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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

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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A must do in Rarotonga

Visited the markets the day before we departed. There is a large selection of food stalls, fresh produce, clothing, pearls, jewellery, and souvenirs. Also lots of tours and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Phillip S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to this Saturday market, it was nice and the food was lovely! They have beautiful chicken kebabs there and a cool hat airbrusher that does custom designs on hats!! If the day is in full heat swing it is really a good idea to wear a hat and take lots of water with you!! There are lots of gift... More 

Thank Awhina M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was keen to get down there and have some good chop suey, mayonnaise, taro, rukau, ika mata but we strolled around and bought souvenirs and ended up buying a kebab which was delicious! The little girls dancing was awesome but other than that it was just average. It is a must do but don't have high expectations.

Thank halii2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the markets the day before we departed. There is a large selection of food stalls, fresh produce, clothing, pearls, jewellery, and souvenirs. Also lots of tours and activities can be booked at the markets as well. They have a cultural show with drumming and dancing, which was good. Certainly a must visit on any holiday here.

Thank Phillip S
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So just wondered aimlessly from one stall to the next. It seemed like a lot of the same stuff and it was hard to work out where to eat. Had a lacklustre smoothie and similarly average bacon and egg sandwich. Think you need to do your research of where to eat before you go there.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

This is a must do when visiting Raro. In full swing every Saturday morning, all the little stores are open. Plenty of food stalls and craft are on sale. Also lots of local cultural singing and dance is on display with great colourful costumes and live music from locally made drums and ukuleles. Go early because by 11am they quickly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

These markets are great. Lots of local merchandise and heaps of choice food wise. Friendly stall holders. Good place to pick up souvenirs and grab something to eat. Glad we went quite early in the morning because it did get extremely hot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

This market is a mixture for both locals and tourists, many stalls with locally made sarongs ( Pareu) and wooden carved items, food stalls for all tastes and live music on the stage with local girls dancing traditional Cook Islands dances - just terrific! It's well worth a visit on a Saturday morning but get there early, about 0900 if... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

This is a busy Saturday market and you really do need to get in early. We, unfortunately had torrential rain while we were there which curtailed our browsing a bit, but there was still plenty to see and experience. A lot of the fare on sale is very similar but still well worth a visit. Friendly locals mix with tourists... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

It gets very crowded and it's so hot and no shade! Plenty of parking ........street parking just before the market. Much of the same "stuff", clothing, pearls, food and music. When in Rarotonga it's something you just have to do.

Thank Lyrebird6
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

You cannot go to Rarotonga and not visit the Saturday market! The vibrant colours of the local arts and crafts are a must the smell of the divine home cooked kaikai the local cultural dancing is amazing and the locals themselves make this beautiful place so special!

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