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7 weekend farmers markets a short drive away from Christchurch

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Canterbury, New Zealand

Remember to find a special something that is unique, you meet the stall holder and maker at a local farmers market. Relish the pleasure of biting into fresh fruit and produce sourced directly from the growers. Savour the taste of hand made jams and biscuits … foodie treats, art, craft and second hand objects found and now owned by you. Enjoy your day out. Take a short drive from Christchurch and explore the farmers markets in the nearby towns in Canterbury province, New Zealand.

Veteran weekend market attendees will know to check market opening hours beforehand to avoid disappointment as well as nearby attractions creating a day filled with activities.



Rangiora Sunday Market – North Canterbury producers

Where: Rangiora Racecourse via Lehmans Road entrance

When: Sundays 9am – 2pm

  1. North Canterbury Creative Market (Kaipoi)

With over 60 stalls of talented artisans showcasing their creations, there’s something for everyone. Hand knitted garments, pottery cups, artistic offerings and jewellery are but a few of the one-of-a-kind pieces on offer.


Kaiapoi Club, 113 Raven Quay

Sunday mid morning to mid afternoon

  1. Kaiapoi Farmers Market

The Kaiapoi Farmers Market is a not-for-profit community market established in 2005 that focuses on local producers and products. All profits are put back into the market and the wider community. While visitors are not intending to cook up a storm, a local farmers market is a great place to source fresh fruit and veggie snacks. Meet the local producers at the Morgan Williams Reserve (opposite Kaiapoi New World Supermarket, Charles Street, behind the old railway building). Fresh vegetables, free range eggs, vegetable and flower plants, apples, honey, microgreens, chocolate and crafts. Facebook Page.


Morgan Williams Reserve

Every Saturday 10 am – 2 pm rain or shine

What to do nearby Kaiapoi, North Canterbury?

Kaiapoi is less than 12 km from Rangiora and the Rangiora Sunday Market

@Rangiora Church Street Market
@Rangiora Church Street Market
  1. Rangiora Sunday Market

The market is every third Sunday of the month increasing to fortnightly in summer. A classic rural market from home baked cake stalls, local artists, school groups fundraising to rotating professional pop up stall holders

  • Check out Matawai Park with its native planting. The concept of a native park representing the native vegetation of Canterbury, with hill country, plains and swamp vegetation is now covering over 4 hectares. Wide paths, seating and easy access encourages locals and visitors alike to enjoy natural spaces within the town’s boundary.

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  1. Lyttelton Craft and Treasure Market  & Lyttelton Farmers Market

Two for the price of one. Lyttleton crafty types spill out onto the streets of Lyttelton with entertainers, food trucks, craft stalls and food producers. Known for recycled arts and natural body products. Meet the makers resident in Lyttelton. Managed by community based charitable Trust working in the Lyttelton/ Whakaraupō area of Christchurch, PROJECT LYTTELTON.


Collett’s Corner, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Every Saturday 9am – 1pm, rain or shine.

In the area, Lyttleton in the harbour is the intriguing Quail Island with its history as a quarantine station …

Beautiful view of Lyttelton Port and Harbour, New Zealand
Beautiful view of Lyttelton Port and Harbour, New Zealand

Family friendly fun Lyttelton harbour

  • Explore the harbour and town on the Antarctic walk with the option of joining a cruise on TUG LYTTELTON
  • Climb up or drive for summit views of the port and surrounding harbour
  • Take the ferry to Diamond Harbour and picnic or lunch on the beach
  • Explore the Banks Peninsula and Akaroa with its wealth of attractions for visitors

What to do nearby Lyttleton?

Nearby Lyttleton is the interesting settlement, Diamond Harbour.

Highlights – Diamond Harbour, Canterbury

  • Orton Bradely Park walks, rhododendron gardens, farm buildings and campground
  • Coastal Walkway
  • Heritage Stoddard Cottage & art exhibitions
  • Wharf, beach, cafe and quiet spaces for picnic watching the harbour activity
Diamond Harbour, The Port of Lyttelton on an Autumn Morning, Canterbury, New Zealand
Diamond Harbour, The Port of Lyttelton on an Autumn Morning, Canterbury, New Zealand
  1. Ohoka Farmers Market Kaiapoi

One of the longest-running, largest and one of the top four most popular Farmers Markets in New Zealand is held every Friday in the Ohoka Domain. 9am until 12.30. Year round, rain or shine. An outstanding market for its fresh produce with quality goods by local artisans.

Summer markets on the grass run from Sept to April.

Winter season in the dry carpark May to Sept.

Mid Winter Essential Food Market are JUNE AND JULY.


Ohoka Domain, Whites Road, Ohoka, Kaiapoi


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  1. Old School Collective – Amberley

Check out the boutique, retail and cafe scene at Old School Collective. The retro logo of a soaring dove over a rising sun (the original school logo) is a clear signal you have arrived. Nine individual retail and lifestyle businesses make up the collective, operating out of completely renovated old classrooms…. Amberley is home to a well known market … Amberley Farmers Market is an authentic farmers market with a superb range of locally grown, fresh, seasonal, quality produce and artisan products.

You’ll find us nestled under the trees in front of the Hurunui District Council buildings on SH1. There is plenty of available space for vehicles.

Operating every Saturday morning throughout the year, 9am-12.30pm, make a leisurely social visit for a catchup with friends over coffee and treats, or a quick stop on your way through North Canterbury visiting the Hurunui district with its distinctive Hurunui Road Trips.

Old School Collective @Old School Collective
Old School Collective @Old School Collective

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Oxford Sunday Farmers market @oxfordfarmersmarketnz
  1. Oxford Sunday Market

Oxford is a stretched out village tucked into the foothills of the Southern Alps with numerous family short walks in the nearby reserves and forests. Farmland, pockets of native forest provide day trippers from Christchurch plenty of places to stretch your legs. The town is known for its Sunday market. As a weekend getaway for the Canterbury region the town has a number of eateries, gift shops, a local museum and gallery to interest visitors… What’s so great about Oxford best things to do.

Canterbury is home to thriving rural towns supporting the agricultural sector with burgeoning growth in local creative enterprises. Check out the kiwi towns featured in our Canterbury Travel Guide and get inspired to escape to the country.

Travel pack information

  • Remember to check the Facebook page and/or market website for up to date opening hours and location
  • Veteran market attendees advise visitors to arrive as early as possible to snap up bargains as stall holders can pack up towards the end of the market session



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