Local produce, arts and crafts, performances, and plenty of character, step into any New Zealand weekend market and you’ll marvel at the diversity and energy that comes with every gathering. To give you an idea, here’s a roundup of the 10 best markets to discover on your travels.
The very first of its kind in New Zealand, Whangarei’s Growers Market is now the home turf for 100 growers and stallholders who diligently set up shop every Saturday to sell their produce. The town, right on the northern end of the North Island, has always been an ideal spot for cultivating a variety of fruits, plants and vegetables — primarily because of its warm climate and nutrient-rich soils. Buskers are also part of the markets’ community spirit, and you can usually encounter an array of different foodstuffs, from oils to meat and fish, on any given visit.