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Punanga Nui

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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
08:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:00
Sat 08:00 - 14:00

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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Nice small market.

This market, which operates on Saturday mornings, is located in the main township and whilst relatively small has a good array of stalls selling mainly clothes and craft items, as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 June 2016
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

This market, which operates on Saturday mornings, is located in the main township and whilst relatively small has a good array of stalls selling mainly clothes and craft items, as well as there being food stalls. Well worth a visit.

Thank RonRSydney_Australia
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Take your time to really look in each stall to find the real gems - there are some gorgeous finds beyond the sarongs and ukeleles. I picked up a gorgeous tapa design bedspread, artwork by a Kiwi based Samoan artist and some other modern Pacifika pieces. All unique and well priced. Don't forget to also slip in a chicken roll... More 

Thank Melissa B
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

A tip for tourists to Rarotonga is to visit the Saturday Market. There is something for everyone and its a great place to visit. The food stalls, clothings, jewellery, postcards or that something special can all be found here. Here is where art, cafe and pearls come together to really show the Cook Islands. What was really nice was we... More 

1 Thank Marcus P
Westport, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

Even if you have been before as we have it is worth a visit. Watch the cultural show or keep an eye on what food the locals buy and try it. Good fun. Good place to look for gifts to take home. But do ask who makes this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

We went along about 9.30am and were amazed by the huge number of food stalls selling all kinds of food. Too many to name and extremely popular. Then there were all the clothing stalls, plus the souvenir ones and the fresh fruit and vegetable stalls. This is certainly the place to buy your fruit and vegetables. As well, it was... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

We make sure in our two week stay that we end up going to the market on Saturdays. We end up flying in the same morning and make sure we go to the market as they have a very good selection of island trade and the good food on offer as well, only wish that they open for the entire... More 

2 Thank joeandkarenB
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

This market runs every Saturday morning. We were lucky enough to visit on two Saturdays! The market is located at the harbour end of Avarua and you can get to it by walking, catching the round island bus or of course the rental scooter or car. It is open from about 8 until approximately 12 (although they are stating to... More 

3 Thank Cheryl H
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

This is a 'must do' during your stay on Rarotonga. We were advised to go around 10 am to catch the cultural show. Wandered around, had a coffee (coffee lovers note that a great cup eluded us over the course of a week anywhere, at least partly because everyone uses UHT milk) and a bite to eat. Fantastic bacon and... More 

3 Thank Phil M
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

We push biked down to the market from Club Raro with one of the local dogs following us and having just as much fun as us. The market is just a hive of activity with all the locals coming for their goods and everyone being so welcoming and friendly. Its like a huge family atmosphere filled with heaps of goods... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

The market is on every Saturday in town, here you can buy fruit, vegetables, flowers, Ei Katu (flower headdress) and if the boats have been out tuna. Everything is locally grown so it's fresh and the locals can help out with knowledge on the different fruits. You can shop for basic crafts, clothes and souvenirs~ (although with the souvenirs I... More 

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