Punanga Nui
Punanga Nui
4.5
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Saturday is the best time to visit this outdoor market where you can purchase fruits, vegetables, bedding and clothing.
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  • dundada
    United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went to the Punanga Nui Market once and it’s a pity I didn’t go there twice
    I went to the Punanga Nui Market in the morning on Saturday, September 24, 2022. I really liked walking around and looking through all of the different stalls. I bought a number of souvenirs and gifts for my family and friends in the stalls in the Punanga Nui Market. There was a short little old man in a stall selling souvenirs carved out of wood and made out of shells and I bought four fridge magnets carved out of wood and two fridge magnets made from polished shiny shells that had etchings them from him. I bought a seven inch wooden carving of the image of the Cook Islands god named Tangaroa from him also that I gave to my mother. I bought a sarong or pareo from Mareko a small shop right by the stalls in the Punanga Nui Market for my best friend and I bought a beautiful bunch of bok choy from a fruit and vegetable stall. There’s a BSP Bank ATM in the Punanga Nui Market which is very convenient to use. There’s a bunch of little cafes right by the stalls of the market as well. Punanga Nui Market is right across the street from a big liquor store and the buses in Rarotonga drop you off and pick you up right outside of the market. I only went to this market the one time and I’m sorry I didn’t go again the following Saturday morning which was October 1, 2022 but I went to Aitutaki on that particular day for the whole day. I really recommend going to the Punanga Nui Market especially if you want to buy souvenirs and gifts and they have an ATM in there for your convenience and the fruits and vegetables that they sell in the stalls in there are fresh and beautiful. Plus a lot of tours and excursions companies set up stalls in the market so that people can book tours through them and speak with them directly and on a small stage right by the market sometimes traditional Polynesian dancers and musicians perform as well. The Punanga Nui Market is a lovely place to spend a Saturday morning.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Littledonsie
    Whitianga, New Zealand
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    What a great place to visit. So many things to buy and yummy food. Listen to the music of the cook islands and chill out.so much to see with all there lovely handcrafted goods. Definitely worth a visit or two.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Gardengirl212
    Sydney, Australia
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Market - So much variety
    These amazing markets have absolutely everything you could wish for - clothing, food, art, gifts, souvenirs, jewellery, local crafts and entertainment. Probably the hottest day we encountered during our stay so we probably spent less time than we would have, had the day been cooler, exploring these markets. Unfortunately our stay only included one Saturday which is when all the stalls are open. Other days some stalls are open though. We highly recommend visiting these markets and look forward to a more extensive shopping trip on our next visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 November 2023
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a wander on a Saturday morning
    Lots of food to choose from, including fresh fruits and vegetables as well as barbequed meats and other cooked food. A lot of stalls sold pareus (sarongs), shirts, art and she'll jewellery, a few also had wooden crafts. Worth a wander aroundon a Saturday morning, though it gets hot in summer and there's not much shade! From Arorangi it's an easy bus ride in, but the last anticlockwise bus leaves around midday so it can be busy on the way back.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2024
  • 3 Amigos
    Brisbane, Australia
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great time out
    We loved our time here - lots to look at and food to try. We got smoothies that were $15each though and I nearly fell over at the price as I wasn’t paying attention. Sadly they weren’t great either. Other than that the shops were great and everyone very friendly - definitely worth a visit. I actually held off buying much as it was our first day so I thought I’d find things throughout my trip but the best of it was definitely at these markets.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 April 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get Your Market Fix Here
    A must see and do at Rarotonga. I had a wonderful time strolling around the various market stalls, from fresh produce, home-made crafts, excellent choice of freshly made food options. There were so many wonderful stalls. I opted for a waffle with ice-cream and maple syrup (so yum) for lunch. I purchased farmed pearls from a wonderful lady who was knowledgeable and friendly, explaining the whole process to me. Highlight was a cultural show performance. Get there early (Saturday mornings from 8 am) and make the most of this wonderful weekly event.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 May 2024
  • Colleen C
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Market!
    This Saturday morning market is full of food, crafts, jewelry, souveniers. There are a lot of stands but also a lot of variety. Many local products. Arrive early to avoid the heat and get the best scones! We also bought a ciabatta loaf from a local baker. So delish!!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 May 2024
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Colleen C
Vancouver Island, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This Saturday morning market is full of food, crafts, jewelry, souveniers. There are a lot of stands but also a lot of variety. Many local products. Arrive early to avoid the heat and get the best scones! We also bought a ciabatta loaf from a local baker. So delish!!
Written 9 May 2024
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owlesey
Rolleston, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A trip to Rarotonga is not complete without a trip to the Saturday market. From vegetables and fruit, food, smoothies, and coffee to a whole range of local crafts and perals. Also good place to find out about what's going on around the island.
Written 9 May 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
A must see and do at Rarotonga. I had a wonderful time strolling around the various market stalls, from fresh produce, home-made crafts, excellent choice of freshly made food options. There were so many wonderful stalls. I opted for a waffle with ice-cream and maple syrup (so yum) for lunch. I purchased farmed pearls from a wonderful lady who was knowledgeable and friendly, explaining the whole process to me. Highlight was a cultural show performance. Get there early (Saturday mornings from 8 am) and make the most of this wonderful weekly event.
Written 3 May 2024
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3 Amigos
Brisbane, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We loved our time here - lots to look at and food to try. We got smoothies that were $15each though and I nearly fell over at the price as I wasn’t paying attention. Sadly they weren’t great either. Other than that the shops were great and everyone very friendly - definitely worth a visit. I actually held off buying much as it was our first day so I thought I’d find things throughout my trip but the best of it was definitely at these markets.
Written 3 April 2024
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Lots of food to choose from, including fresh fruits and vegetables as well as barbequed meats and other cooked food. A lot of stalls sold pareus (sarongs), shirts, art and she'll jewellery, a few also had wooden crafts. Worth a wander aroundon a Saturday morning, though it gets hot in summer and there's not much shade! From Arorangi it's an easy bus ride in, but the last anticlockwise bus leaves around midday so it can be busy on the way back.
Written 10 February 2024
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Good market, lots of local artists and and tasty food. Lot of goodies to take home. Good atmosphere. Fine shopping experience.
Written 21 January 2024
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Wei Bing L
Ipoh, Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
My Uncle & I visited the Cook Islands for the first time in November 2023. Our resort staff recommended that we visit the Punanga Nui Market on Saturday morning. This market only operates each Saturday morning, and has stalls and little shops selling all kinds of things, from fresh local fruits and vegetables, to freshly cooked food and bread, to clothes and trinkets, to all types of local handicraft and souvenirs, to hand-made coconut and frangipani-scented soaps, to black pearl jewellery, to local art, etc. You get the picture. Over here, I discovered the Waffle Shack, which has the best waffles that I have ever eaten! I tried their waffle with vanilla ice cream and berry compote, and it is SUBLIME! They also sell excellent coffee.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This market starts at 8am and supposedly closes at 3pm. However, we arrived at 11am and found out that most of the stalls close at 12 noon! True enough, as we were walking around at 11.45am, many of the stalls were packing up for the day. Even the Waffle Shack closed at 12 noon! By 12.15pm, the only stall that was still open was the SPCA stall that sells used clothes to raise funds for their operating costs on the island. Therefore, please come early, if you want to do any shopping here.
Written 29 November 2023
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Gardengirl212
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
These amazing markets have absolutely everything you could wish for - clothing, food, art, gifts, souvenirs, jewellery, local crafts and entertainment.

Probably the hottest day we encountered during our stay so we probably spent less time than we would have, had the day been cooler, exploring these markets. Unfortunately our stay only included one Saturday which is when all the stalls are open. Other days some stalls are open though.

We highly recommend visiting these markets and look forward to a more extensive shopping trip on our next visit.
Written 6 November 2023
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annema G
Napier, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The stalls were well spread out that you could have a good look around and the stall had a great variety of island items.
Written 28 October 2023
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Littledonsie
Whitianga, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
What a great place to visit. So many things to buy and yummy food. Listen to the music of the cook islands and chill out.so much to see with all there lovely handcrafted goods. Definitely worth a visit or two.
Written 30 September 2023
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