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In a country with a strong sense of community like New Zealand, even the biggest city is a big supporter of all things local. Markets throughout Auckland are filled with produce, artisan products, home baking and naturally-made goodies for visitors to savour. Just look at some of the area’s very best to get an idea.
Relying on more than 200 stalls on any given event, the bustling Auckland Night Markets bring an exciting Asian flavour to the market scene. Highlights include street foods from all corners of the world (predominantly from South East Asia) as well as a range of inexpensive produce and crafted goodies. The dynamic markets run across different locations: at the Botany Town Centre on Wednesday, in Henderson on Thursday, Papatoetoe on Friday, Pakuranga on Saturday, and Glenfield on Sunday.
Held every Sunday from morning until noon, the Clevedon Farmers Market is a quintessential village fanfare. Along with luscious produce stalls, the market also includes pony rides for children, live music, and an interesting assortment of ready to eat treats like wood fire pizzas and bacon rolls. Once you’ve finished browsing the outside stalls, you can also head across the road to the local arts and crafts market at the Clevedon Community Hall.
This mostly-indoor market is held every Saturday and Sunday mornings and is the ideal place to visit whenever the weather is looking a bit iffy. The Hobsonville Point Farmers Market livens up the local ferry terminal with musicians, an incredible trove of foodie finds, as well as an eclectic assortment of locally produced dips, preservatives, and oils.
A literal farmers’ market, held at the Artisan Wines vineyard at the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges, the Oratia Farmers Market is the perfect go-to for those heading out to explore the lush forestry and beautiful beaches in its surrounds. You can even pick up some breakfast or picnic supplies to supplement your journey. Hot pies, free range eggs, homemade breads, handmade cheeses, fresh spring rolls, coffee, and live music are just some of the highlights in this Saturday market.