Markets are ideal places to stock up on fresh produce while meeting the locals, here is a small selection of the best markets in the country for shopping in the best conditions.
Matakana Farmers Market
The village of Matakana is famous for its vineyards, but also for its market. Every Saturday, the village establishes its market, artists gather and food stalls set up. Specialties include white bait fritters, buffalo cheese Whangapiro and honey Manuka, but also baked breads, freshly shelled oysters and artisanal Gin and ciders. Bring your reusable baskets and bags because this market focuses on sustainability and zero waste.
The cicada french market
Based at Auckland, it is at the market of the cicada that you will find all the French specialties. Croissants, baguettes, coffees, pastries and pancakes and even cold meats, a real piece of France that comes back every weekend to the village of Parnell. The market welcomes thousands of visitors every week.
Harborside Market is Wellington’s most popular market, in place since 1920. It takes place every Sunday, right next to the Te Papa Museum, and is renowned for its incredible array of stalls. In addition to these stands, foodtrucks line up to buy meals or just bulk products.
Under the direction of Nita Knight for over 30 years the Nelson market is adorned with locally made candles, sculptures, pottery, clothing and jewelry. In addition to local producers, the market is full of flower stalls. The market sets up twice a week, on Wednesdays for seasonal and fresh produce, and on Saturdays it is the turn of arts, crafts, recycled treasures and collectibles from the Sunday market in Monty.
Arts and Craft Market, Queenstown
The edge of the lake Wakatipu comes alive every Saturday with the Arts and Craft Market. Here we find clothes, jewelry and pottery, garden creations, photography, handmade soaps and metal works.
Otago Farmers Market
AT Otago Market, traditional products are at the rendezvous; honey, micro-vegetable baked goods, fresh flowers, hazelnuts and also meats. Traditional pancakes and patties have been a prominent feature of the market for over a decade, and you can even taste a traditional Hangui.