Many of Auckland’s best attractions are found not in the city centre but further afield. Auckland’s night and weekend markets are well worth checking out, and a cheap Auckland Airport Car Hire is the best way to reach them.
The Clevedon Village Farmers Market first opened in November 2005. At the time it included 20-odd stalls offering a variety of produce. Since the, it’s grown to more than 50 stalls. The market is all about supporting small local producers with a sustainable ethos. You’ll find everything from antipasto to pastries, fresh fruit to organic meat. Artisan cheeses and yoghurts, pickles and wine, cakes and fudges all sit side by side, and no two weekends there are ever quite the same as stallholders change up their offerings throughout the year.
Located on the outskirts of Auckland away from the hustle and bustle, it’s a perfect Sunday drive destination with a country twist. Whether you’re a local or visitor, the rural setting is ideal for wandering around with a coffee, absorbing the sights and smells, and even, on a fine day, taking a quick pony ride.
The market is on Sundays 8.30am-12pm at the Clevedon A&P Sale Yards and Exhibition Hall at the Clevedon Showgrounds, Monument Road.
La Cigale’s French style Farmers Market is the ideal destination for visitors itching for a continental fix. The fully licensed cafe is always packed, and on weekends, the markets add a whole new dimension to the experience.
The market is the place to pick up seasonal fruit and vegetables bursting with freshness – the emphasis is on organic and pesticide-free. In addition, there’s plenty of other artisanal ingredients and ready-made food to tempt the palate. Pick up a freshly baked loaf of bread, a range of cheeses, a serving of paella, a platter of baklava, oils, spices, salamis and more. There’s something for every taste here.
The La Cigale market is on Saturday 8am – 1.30pm & Sunday 9am-1.30pm at 69 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell.
Auckland Night Markets are an exciting addition to the scene, with all the buzz and colour of an international Asian style market. Each has about 200 different stalls, a mix of fresh food stalls offering inexpensive street delicacies from around the world with nearly every continent represented, and a range of stalls including fresh produce, clothing, accessories, arts and crafts and even cell phones.
The night markets are on at four different locations around Auckland during the week.
The Friday Night Market runs from 6pm to midnight at Hunters Plaza in Papatoetoe and boasts some of the cheapest produce to be found anywhere.
The Saturday Night Market runs from 6pm to midnight at Westfield Shopping Centre in Pakuranga. It’s the original night market, having been running for nearly three years, and is hugely popular. Expect to elbow your way through the packs of up to 12,000 a night.
The Sunday Night Market runs from 5.30 to 11 pm at Westfield Shopping Centre in Glenfield on the North Shore and has also proved a roaring success.
The new Thursday Night Market runs from 6pm to 10pm at DressSmart in Onehunga, and opened at the end of February.
One of Auckland’s most iconic attractions, the Otara Flea Market offers a wide range of fresh product plus a lot of Pacific-influenced food, from hangi to island doughnuts, chop suey, pork buns, fried bread and the ever popular bacon & egg and steak rolls!
The Polynesian influence continues into the music and DVDs, shirts, toys, and bric-a-brac on sale. Maori, Samoan, Tongan, Niue art and crafts include tapa, custom jewellery, lavalava, hats and carvings. Some weeks feature live musical or cultural performances too. The exact number of stalls fluctuates but on a sunny day can swell to nearly 300.
The Otara Markets run on Saturday from 6am to noon at the car park behind the Otara Town Centre on Watford and Newbury Streets and stalls inside Te Puke o Tara Community Centre hall.
The Sunday markets in Avondale are New Zealand’s biggest one day market, and can see as many as 20,000 people pass through in one morning. It began in the early 1970s and run every week since then.
Reflecting the local culture, the markets have a strong Polynesian and Asian influence. Stalls include a huge array of arts, crafts,, fresh produce, clothes, ready to eat food and drinks, and much more.
Be prepared to pay $3 for grounds parking for your car rental (street parking in the neighbourhood is difficult to find).
The Avondale markets run from 6am to midday on Sundays at Avondale Racecourse, Ash Street, Avondale.