Christchurch has a strong market scene. Whether you’re on the hunt for gifts, food or simply a glimpse of local life, head along to one of these markets while you’re in town. All are easy to get to – and if you’re planning to do a lot of shopping, a Christchurch Airport Car Hire will be your best bet for getting you there and bringing your bounty back.
Lyttelton Farmers Market is on every Saturday from 10am to 1pm on the lower grounds of Lyttelton Main School, Oxford Street. It has been running since September 2005 as a not for profit venture by Project Port Lyttelton and local volunteers. It’s a market foodies will revel in with tasty edible treats from chocolate to cheese as well as fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, plants, eggs and meat that you can buy direct from the growers. Shoppers are encouraged to recycle, bring reusable bags (or borrow one from the market) and take public transport or walk to the market.
Now seven years old, the Christchurch Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9am-1pm at Riccarton House. The Christchurch Farmers’ Market hosts a varied group of food and beverage artisans. Take the time to explore some of Canterbury’s finest, be it pies and pastries, fresh salmon or honey, fruit or vegetables. It’s an opportunity to explore Canterbury’s finest and meet local growers, bakers, winemakers, brewers, butchers and farmers. Sample their delicacies, ask them questions, and enjoy the fact that you’re supporting the local community.
Forced to relocate post-quake, the Cathedral Square Market has bounced back and is now found in the YMCA carpark (corner of Cashel St & Rolleston Ave). Small but lovely, this market is held during the day on Fridays and Saturdays. Its primary target market is tourists, with everything from greenstone, paua and wool to bone carvings, jewellery and more on offer.
The South Island’s largest outdoor market, Riccarton Market runs every Sunday from 9am-2pm at Riccarton Racecourse. It has been going for more than 20 years, and is owned by the Riccarton Rotary Charitable Trust. More than 300 vendors gather every weekend to sell everything from fresh product to clothes, art, plants, souvenirs and secondhand goods. Snack on items from the food court as you wander around the humming market soaking up the atmosphere. Local artists often play music live and there’s plenty to amuse kids, from train rides to bouncy castles and balloons. The Riccarton Market is about 15 minutes drive from the city and offers lots of parking.