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Punanga Nui, Avarua
(4.3/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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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  • You cannot go to Rarotonga and not visit the Saturday market! The vibrant colours of the local arts and crafts are a must the smell of the divine home cooked kaikai the local cultural dancing is amazi...  more »
  • Great market. Has a very good vibe, relaxed and friendly. Watching the singing and dancing whilst eating tasty food and wandering about the stalls was good fun. 
  • Vibrant place to visit and something for everyone to see, taste and view. I purchased kai/food !, special gifts for my friends. My partner was lucky to get a mother of pearl taonga necklace, which I h...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Lively friendly entertaining, running out of adjectives here, loved it
  • Great place to go on a Saturday morning. Favourite place is the Waffle Shack! 😎
  • 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.