Dunedin is a New Zealand city that hosts a nice selection of community markets. Some of these are summer fanfares, others one-off traditions and there are a few weekly regulars too. No matter what you’re in the mood for, here are some of the area’s best offerings.
The Otago Farmers’ Market is a year-round, weekly event that has been livening up Dunedin’s iconic Railway Station for more than a decade. It’s one of the busiest farmers’ markets in Australasia, boasting more than 60 vendors and several thousand visitors on any given week. Food ranges from local produce, meat and fish to Asian cuisine and French crepes.
The Dunedin Summer Markets are held at Arthur Street School on the third Sunday of every month, from spring until summer (i.e. October-March). The idea is to bring the community together with some good food and entertainment during the sunny season. BBQ fundraisers, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, as well as an array of locally-produced foodstuffs are among the main features market-goers can look forward to.
This market is situated in Waitati, 15 minutes north of Dunedin, and is held on the grounds of the Gallery on Blueskin on the first Sunday of every month. Some stalls will have EFTPOS card machines installed, but cash with small change is the norm for most. Ceramics, jewellery, plants, home baking and homemade preserves are just some of the various items you can find on a typical market day.
The Port Chalmers Community Market brings this Dunedin suburb’s local artists, foodies, produce-growers and keen market-goers together for a fun-filled, monthly gathering. It is held on the third Sunday of the month, rain or shine, so that everyone can relish the benefits of shopping local. Anyone can set up a stall, for free, provided they follow all the proper food and safety regulations.
Thieves’ Alley is an annual summer market held at the heart of Dunedin city. Stalls, performers and entertainment venues are scattered around The Octagon and Bath Street, attracting visitors from the world over as they set themselves up for a fantastic day out. This is the biggest all-weather market in the city, offering an amazing mix of knick-knacks, artisan products, food, clothing and crafty creations to please all tastes and budgets.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.