Punanga Nui, Avarua

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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. Put Punanga Nui on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Rarotonga visit planning website .
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  • October 12, 2017
    Make sure to get there early, so much of the fresh fruit and food is snapped up early in the morning. We caught the 7:15 bus into town and easily spent the next few hours, wandering the markets - we p...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    The Saturday morning market is a must! Go early and get breakfast, the market closes at noon. Enjoy all the vendors and watch a local dance troop.  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    We were up nice and early to catch a bus to the Saturday market It was good to go early and have a look before it was too busy There is plenty of fresh produce available and fresh fish There are many ...  more »
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  • September 12, 2017
    A must visit for tourists. Good range of food and local wares. Great if you want a souvenir or a deal on black pearls.
  • August 25, 2017
    Awesome market. Lots of crafts and food. Definitely worth a visit on your trip.
  • August 6, 2017
    I guess I expected to see more of the traditional good not just the stuff targeted at tourist, but you can find cheap black pearls
  • July 5, 2017
    I have to say, one of the best markets I've been to! There are soo many shops and the owners are always so friendly and lnviting. There are many shops expressing their culture and traditions. Also..the food is top notch! Highly recommend the steak buns if you can find them!
  • July 8, 2017
    Good size market with great smoothies, food, souviners and cultural performances. Very busy with tourists and someocals. Buses packed to get there. Could see any toilets so may need to walk into town. Cover if it rains.

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