An annual night market held on Auckland’s Orewa beach. The Xmas Twilight Market is a free entry, community-driven event known for its wondrous gift and food stalls. Ideal for those searching for a uniquely New Zealand present and some locally made treats to savour while they’re browsing around.
Wellington’s Underground Market has built a strong reputation for its regular and thematic events. During Christmas, there are more than 90 stalls marking their presence throughout the festive season – Christmas Eve is the only day the market is not operating in 2017. This is a fantastic option for those wanting a special gift – food or otherwise – that’s ethically produced by local artisans.
If you’re heading up north, Kerikeri’s Old Packhouse Market is the largest weekend market in the Bay of Islands region. Every week the market comes alive with a trove of quality produce, cheeses, poultry, meat, seafood, as well as arts and crafts – all proudly made and produced by locals. There are special events during the Christmas season, and live entertainment year-round.
Arrowtown is a small settlement very close to Queenstown that is definitely worth visiting in the jolly season. Every year, Arrowtown Plunket hosts a special Christmas Market Fundraiser that’s filled with interesting trinkets, fabulous clothes and jewellery, and stylish home wares. A gold coin donation is all that’s asked for admission, and then you’ll have free reign to shop for a lovely Christmas gift with a charitable conscience.
This annual market in the North Island city of Palmerston North follows the simple philosophy that Christmas shopping should not be a stressful burden. Its emphasis is on a laid-back atmosphere with great food, plus a myriad of fantastic products ranging from arts and crafts to clothing, books, stationery, homewares and assorted accessories. The Magic of Christmas Farmers Market runs for two days, and has a NZ$6 entrance fee.