Markets – Places To Visit In New Zealand

by Mark Perkins

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I know when I am away from home, especially overseas I love to visit local markets. I guess I am always hopeful for a bargain. One other great advantage of Markets, is you quite often get to meet the person behind the product, i.e. the farmer who produced the goods or the person you actually made the items you are wanting to purchase.

In fact I have just recently been holidaying in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia and I was real keen to go to a couple of Markets as one item I really wanted to buy was a “Stock-Mans Hat”.

I had seen them in the regular gift/souvenir shops but thought “NO I will go to a Market” and hopefully get it a little cheaper, as well as meet the person who made it. With that in mind, plus it was my birthday (had to spoil myself), I headed off to the Emundi Markets.

I searched for a while, very large market, and asked a couple of guys where they had bought their hats and finally I meet “THE MAN”. Well it wasn’t that much cheaper but talk about personal service, It was awesome. I walked away a very happy chappy.

So knowing most of us like to visit Markets and intermingle with the locals and their cultures I have prepared this list of Markets that you can go to while on your holiday in New Zealand.

Markets Places To Visit In New Zealand

North Island   – South Island

North Island

Northland   –   Auckland   –   Waikato   –   Bay of Penty   –   Hawkes Bay   –   Manawatu/Wanganui  –  Wellington






  • Tamahere Markets
    • 8.30 – 1pm 3rd Saturday of each Month
  • Thames Market
    • 8am – 12 noon Saturdays
    • GrahamstTown Pollen St, Thames


Bay of Plenty


Hawkes Bay





  • Hataitai Community Market
    • 9am – 1pm Saturdays
    • 157 Hataitai Rd, Hataitai


South Island

Canterbury   –   Te Anau



Te Anau


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Palmerston North Property Management August 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Many thanks for your insights of possible itineraries. I can’t wait to start visiting these places. Excited for the adventure and memories!

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