Flea markets in New Zealand are a fun way to experience Kiwi communities. While exploring New Zealand, make sure to take time to visit a market. They’re a great way to meet locals, purchase farm-fresh food, sample Kiwi cuisine and find local, unique treasures. Here are the ten best markets to discover when you hire a campervan.
Whangarei Growers’ Market
This bustling market is New Zealand’s original growers’ market. Here, you can shop for local vegetables, fruit, eggs, cheese, preserves, Manuka honey, flowers, seafood and meat. All produce sold here is grown locally by farmers in Northland, New Zealand. Head to these fantastic markets on Saturdays at 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Inspired by French markets, La Cigale’s markets combine both regional fare and international delicacies. You’ll find local fruits and vegetables as well as French cheeses, pates, pastries, tarts, rotisserie chickens, chutneys, Italian pasta, salamis, olive oils and, of course, warm croissants.
Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm and Sundays 9 am to 1 pm
Matakana Farmers’ Market
Matakana is a small village in one of New Zealand’s coastal wine regions. This picturesque town hosts a popular market complete with local artisan cheeses, Manuka honey, fresh produce, bread and delicious prepared foods. Savour a cup of coffee while relaxing by the river.
Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This Aukland flea market offers a unique shopping experience including fresh fruit and vegetables, new and vintage clothing, handmade duvet and pillow covers, Maori jewellery, bone carving and Polynesian food and music. Try some island doughnuts, coconut bread or Hangi, a traditional Maori long-roasted meat and vegetable meal.
Saturdays 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wellington Harbourside Market
These markets are well-established, opening in the 1920’s. The Harbourside Markets have street performers (buskers), fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, fish, bread, cheese, preserves, eggs, cordials, as well as prepared foods. You can visit these markets on Sundays 7:30 to 1:00 p.m. (winter), and 7:30 to 2:00 p.m. (summer).
The Nelson Market brings together local, seasonal fruits and vegetables with arts and crafts from area artisans. You can also shop for meat and fish, cheeses, flowers and baked goods. These markets are open Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market
Hawke’s Bay is known as New Zealand’s Art Deco Capital. It is home to some incredible wineries, and has a vibrant market with a range of fresh regional foods. Every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, you can pick-up vegetables, fruits, honeycomb, bread, eggs, preserves, fish, meat, prepared meals and local ales.
Otago Farmers’ Market
This beautiful farmer’s market is located next to the Dunedin Railway Station. Here you can find fresh, regional produce, nuts, meats and prepared foods. They are also most famous for their crepes and fruit galettes. Local farmers are the stars at this food-only market. Visit Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Christchurch Farmers’ Market
Situated near the Avon River, this busy market offers a delicious variety of foods. Buy local fruit and vegetables, fresh bread, meat, fish, eggs, regional brews, savoury pies and mouth-watering cakes and biscuits. The Christchurch farmer’s markets are open Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This Christchurch market is the largest open-air market in New Zealand. Whatever you need, you can probably find it here — including fresh produce, prepared foods, art, vintage collectibles, furniture, clothing, art, jewellery and plants. Visit on Sundays 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Shopping New Zealand’s markets is a fabulous way to experience Kiwi life. If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand, why not hire a campervan to explore all of our wonders. At Mighway, we make campervan hire easy. Contact us today to begin your adventure.