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Punanga Nui, Avarua

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Flea Market Shopping
Do not miss the exciting cultural experience of Punanga Nui, a sprawling market offering produce, crafts, and much more. Traditional music sets the scene for a vibrant atmosphere, and you can spot dancers here and there while shopping. Freshly caught fish, honey, fruit, vegetables, and tropical flowers are all locally produced. If you do not plan to make your own dinner, head to the cooked-food tents instead. Sellers offer everything from mouthwatering fruit smoothies to kebabs. If you want to pick up some souvenirs, choose from pearls and shells, whale-bone necklaces, quilts, and sarongs. Using our online itinerary creator, Rarotonga attractions like Punanga Nui can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is a exceptionality great place to visit on a Saturday morning. Lots of stalls that sell local type food; fruits and vegetables, cooked meals and snacks. Lots of locally Island craft and clothing...  more »
  • On four nights a week Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sunday from 5pm. Go early-ish as you maybe disappointed if they run out! Ray in the yellow gazebo does a mean Garlic Prawns, Kev's roast for pork belly and all ...  more »
  • Saturday mornings should be spent eating and shopping at the markets! with soo many stalls filled with gifts and food. You could spend the morning and early afternoon here just walking around and enjo...  more »
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  • Go early on Saturday morning or you miss out. Only on once a week, handy shops nearby. If you arrived early that morning it's worth the effort even if you are tired or you miss out. You can make up sleep in the afternoon.
  • Activities for the whole family - fire dancers, cultural singers and musicians! So many things to buy - food, shoes, trinkets, clothes, jewelry! Love the whole experience! Amazing!
  • There is only one place to go on a Saturday morning and its here, but come early before the sun is high in the sky. I was surprised at the amount of different types of food available for breakfast, curry anybody?? There are quite a few stalls selling locally produced clothing, souvenirs etc. This was the only place I spotted where you can buy jaxfruit, sadly I did not try or purchase any. We did try a local produced chicken dish and fruit smoothies. A great place to get your gifts for those at home. Everybody is so friendly and chatty.
  • REGULAR SATURDAY VISIT --- GREAT PLACE TO BE
  • 18Jul15 How many times can you go to the Punanga Nui market? As many times as you want on Saturday mornings. I've been holidaying in Rarotonga with family, first for a few years, and friends since the year 2000 and this market is still a weekly highlight for culture, performances, coming across friends and fellow tourists, chatting to the locals and hearing about the latest developments. You can also buy very cheap Chinese and far eastern produced imitation Cook Island clothes and gee gaws. Or you can take a little time to do some detective work and get the good oil from the locals about where to go on the island for the real thing (whatever it is you're looking for including coconut oil, locally made soap, art work, jewellery, carvings and clothing).