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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Rarotonga attractions like Punanga Nui can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Great place to stock up on breads, fruits and vegetables. Many food stalls for lunch or breakfast. They also put up a show on the main stage. Have fun shopping for clothing, jewellery and souvenir.  more »
  • Great way to spend a Saturday morning. Great variety of stalls from food, to locally made clothing and jewelery etc knowing that you are also supporting the local people and community with your dollar...  more »
  • Loved this market , variety of things to shop from and variety of food to have a feed while browsing they also have entertainment there , be aware to go early because it gets packed , my favourite par...  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).

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Since pristine white beaches and turquoise lagoons are never far away in Rarotonga, where you stay depends entirely on how much you want to spend. The hotels and resorts tend to cluster around the most scenic beaches and lagoons. At the higher end, luxury resorts offer pampering comfort, but often share their beaches with much more affordable accommodations. If you want to explore a certain part of the island, look for lodgings nearby: although the buses are extremely convenient, they tend to meander at a very slow pace.
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