A weekend market is a quintessential inspiration on what to do on Saturday. Combined with activities around the market from walks in a nearby reserve, exploring a well known art gallery or indulging in a leisurely afternoon in a vineyard courtyard your day is sorted. Weekend markets are an ideal introduction to Aotearoa New Zealand for overseas visitors where you mingle with locals after their weekly vegetable shop. One of a kind gifts and inspirational artisans are fertile ground for the perfect present for relatives, family and friends and yourself.
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Carry cash as EFTPOS is not always available or reliable
Remember your shopping bags and a lined cooler bag for perishable delicious deli goods.
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A favourite Sunday day trip to Coatesville to check out the latest artisan goods, home crafted ware and food stalls situated around the Coatesville Settlers Hall. This is a market sure to become a firm calendar date. Country charm meets city urban vibe creating a memorable experience for market goers. It’s well worth the drive, family friendly with lots of trees for kids to chill out.
What to do nearby Coatesville:
- Okura Scenic Reserve exploration
- Windmill Orchard (in season) pick your own apples and pears
Open 1st Sunday of every month.
A pretty village with more than a touch of Auckland with designer stores, gift shops and a well known ice cream parlour vying for attention with the pop up market stalls.
Matakana is home to several artisan bakeries making it a regular stop for day trippers on their way to Snells Beach and beyond. This is a market where locally roasted coffee, hand-ground spices and delicious foodie treats make this a great place to bring visitors, of course the locals know about the place already.
What to do nearby Matakana:
- Snells beach exploration
- Scandrett Regional Park
Open every Saturday from 8.00am.
Ask the vendor if s/he attends other markets in the area. It is a useful way to track down your new favourite vendor.
A genuine country market with home made local jam makers supporting the nearby school with knitted tea cosies next to a stall marketing plants. Fresh vegetables and produce together with a range of craft goods. Waipu is a great market destination as the town’s museum is open on market days as well as the reserve encouraging visitors to indulge in an impromptu picnic.
What to do nearby Waipu:
- Waipu Heritage Museum
- Bream Bay exploration
Open: The market is largely indoors, Coronation Hall held 2nd Sunday of the month.
Clevedon A&P Showgrounds set the tone for a well respected farm to plate market experience. Local producers include Clevedon Buffalo, heritage tomato growers and olive oil producer, River Estate. A perfect place for picnic treats for a day exploring regional parks and nearby walks.
What to do nearby Clevedon:
- Duder’s Regional Park
- Cosseys Reservoir walk
Open Every Sunday.
A market that’s fabulous, difficult to find parking due to the terrain and popularity of the market, however worth the effort getting there and spending time soaking up the village charm of Titirangi. A world class gem of a gallery with its spectacular vistas of the ranges and west coast beaches.
What to do nearby Titirangi:
- Visit Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery
- Keep on travelling and check out where wild meets west coast beaches
Open, Last Sunday of every month.
Remember to check just before departing when the market is operating. Due to unforesee events the market can be abruptly cancelled. This is usually due to weather conditions or, more recently covid19 restrictions.
Several markets in the area compete for weekend shoppers. Mangawhai Village Market, held in the Library Hall is a general country market with fresh produce, local cheeses, farm to gate olive oil, bakery goods, plants and books. The market is every Saturday 9.00 – 1.00pm. Mangawhai Tavern Market is situated in the grounds of the iconic Mangawhai Tavern making for a picturesque location. Every Saturday morning.
Mangawhai is home to car boot sales held at Mangawhai Heads Market, Wood Street Shops every Sunday 10.00 – 2.00pm.
While in the area check out Pipi Gallery, a very tempting collection of New Zealand artistic ware and Bennetts Cafe and Chocolatier for treats to nibble on the way home.
What to do nearby Mangawhai:
- Visit Mangawhai Heads beach
- Local galleries
Open Saturday morning from 8.00am.
Puhoi Farmers Market
Perhaps you might see wood chopping competition or vintage cars decide to make an appearance. Puhoi with its well known cheese factory is a firm favourite among locals for its farm to gate supplies, the location and the entertainment value. The market is lively with vendors coming from Whangarei through to Waikato. The pretty heritage village is buzzing on market day.
What to do nearby Puhoi:
- Puhoi Heritage Museum
- Kayak Puhoi River
Open Puhoi Farmers Market — 9:30am – 1:00pm last Sunday in the month.
A great market for families with sheep doing their thing as the market is situated on a working farm. The Kumeu showgrounds are the venue for over 80 stalls, indoors making this a weather protected venue. Auckland buskers are regulars together with home baked goods, farm to gate producers and local artists and bric-a-brac creating a traditional weekend market theme. There are pony rides for children.
What to do nearby Kumeu:
- Visit a local winery, home to Auckland’s oldest wineries
- Muriwai Beach exploration
Open 3rd Sunday of every month.
Try to get to the market as early as possible, without half an hour of opening for the best bargains, ease of access and plenty of space parking. Most markets are not easily accessible via public transport.
Cambridge Farmers Market (known as Waikato Farmers Market)
Another favourite due to its location under the oaks in Victoria park with the nearby cafes offering temptations to linger. The market is an old fashioned classic with homemade ware, local pickles together with farm to gate producers from the agricultural riches of the Waikato. Live music adds to the relaxed atmosphere. Cambridge is a considerable heritage collection of buildings and monuments giving visitors a reason to tarry longer exploring the district.
What to do nearby Cambridge:
- The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum
- Lake Te Ko Utu (Te Koutu Lake) exploration
Open every Saturday from 8.00am.
Waiheke Island Hauraki Gulf
Need a reason to cruise the Hauraki Gulf? Here’s a great idea. The Ostend market is excellent with lifestyle and producers create an original market with one of a kind wares. While there is unlikely to be home knitted tea cosies there are artisan and artists representing their own works. Together with the cuisine the island is known for you will not be hungry at all while perusing the stalls.
What to do nearby Waiheke Island:
- Visit a vineyard on the hop on and hop off bus
- Explore the local shops and the nearby beaches
Open Saturday 7:30am–1:00pm.
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