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The Best Markets In Christchurch, New Zealand
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The Best Markets In Christchurch, New Zealand

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Updated: 9 February 2017
In a rapidly commercialized society where everything can be ordered and delivered right to your front door, the simple novelty of being able to assess and select your own produce is being replaced by the convenience of not having to leave your house for any product. In Christchurch, however, the traditional joy of the marketplace has been perfected and preserved. This is a list of the best market places in Christchurch.
Punting in Christchurch, New Zealand | © Bruce Tuten/Flickr
Punting in Christchurch, New Zealand | © Bruce Tuten/Flickr

Arts Centre Weekend Market

This is your quintessential community market that has stood the test of commercialization and brand names. It is an integral part of the Christchurch community and offers many delights for you to enjoy, including handcrafted items, delicious food and the usual hidden gems of bric-a-brac that only markets can promise. Begin your weekend with the market, which runs on Saturday and Sunday and is always bustling with people and buskers providing a fun and social atmosphere.

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Christchurch Farmers’ Market

For fresh local produce in Christchurch, this market cannot be beaten. New Zealand is a nation that already boasts fertile land, clean air and a thriving fishing industry, so you can be absolutely sure you’ve got the very best. Whether you’re in the market for groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, a full meal or just a pleasant walk, this is a location not to be missed. A particularly popular stall is ‘Posh Porridge’. Be sure to go with an empty stomach and a big appetite.

Christchurch Farmers Market, 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton House,Christchurch, New Zealand, +64 3-348 6190

Christchurch Farmers Market | © Miles Continental/Flickr
Christchurch Farmers Market | © Miles Continental/Flickr
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Riccarton Rotary Sunday Market

This is a market that has it all – it’s excellent for families with children and offers a variety of goods and services. Whether you want games, food, clothing, handmade crafts, plants, new and second hand items, you’ll find it all at excellent prices. The Riccarton Rotary Sunday Market extols the best features of the traditional market and proves that in a modern age where all you could ever want is a mouse-click away, sometimes traditional is better.

Riccarton Rotary Sunday Market, Riccarton Racecourse, Riccarton Park, Racecourse Road, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Downtown Farmers’ Market

Located within walking distance of Christchurch’s Hagley Park, the Downtown Farmers’ Market is a treasure trove no matter what you’re seeking. It shows clear pride in the businesses that it showcases – it highlights one stall vendor each week by promoting it on its social channels. This is a market that makes no secret of its love for the community by helping small business and being a well-loved landmark in the city.

Downtown Farmers Market, 70 Kilmore St, Christchurch, New Zealand