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Punanga Nui

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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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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Busy but cool experience

It can get packed at times but the market is a good way to taste and see all the different kinds of Rarotongan food! It starts at about 7:00am and finishes around 12:00-11:30... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It can get packed at times but the market is a good way to taste and see all the different kinds of Rarotongan food! It starts at about 7:00am and finishes around 12:00-11:30.. depending if the stalls are sold out. Things can sell out pretty quickly so it's better to get there early. Also traffic is going to be pretty... More 

Thank Inano P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

During the weekdays, this market has a scant number of stalls. But on Saturdays, this market is filled with various local produce, fresh vegetables, cooked meals, local crafts, arts and black pearls. They provide traditional dance performances and dance lessons, as well as pareu (traditional sarong) demonstration (how to wear them). It is one of "must-do" during your visit! I... More 

Thank Young Sil B
Monza, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Te Punanga Nui market is organised weekly on Saturday morning (up to midday) and you cannot miss it. Besides fresh local fruits and vegetables, you'll also have the chance to see local hand made clothings, bags and other crafts. The market is well organised and not so crowded.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks 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.

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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 January 17, 2017

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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