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Punanga Nui, Avarua
Categories: Flea Markets, 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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We arrived in Rarotonga early Saturday morning, got to our hotel and immediately hired a scooter to get back to the markets. The markets are a great introduction to island life. We tried out some food... read more »
The first place we visited on our trip, lots of stalls to see most of them had similar stuff, good atmosphere though.
A Saturday morning visit here is a must. Lots to buy and lots to eat. Something to note is that you can get a lot of the food fresh on the side of the road or in the little dairies throughout the isla... read more »
Great fun. Excellent food.
This local market is a MUST if you're on this island on a Saturday. Besides food there is also music, crafts, and a lot more to take a look at. If you're using the bus to get here, it might be quite a challenge to get back in on your way back since lots of people want to get on the bus there.
Every Saturday, the town center comes alive with the local markets. The markets are very well laid out, with music, food, crafts, and entertainment. There is a good selection of everything the island has to offer, including souvenirs for tourists. Has a wonderful atmosphere, and everyone on the island makes a day of it. Would recommend you find your own transport to the markets, though, as the buses are full to the brim all day!
Fun place to find your souvenirs and local produce.
Must see for some Rarotonga culture and food
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