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Tauranga is known for the markets that open mostly on weekends for the locals as well as tourists who frequently shop at these events. Most of these are farmers’ markets or produce markets where growers and farmers and sell their own fresh produce to the customers. These markets are widely popular for the quality of fruits, vegetables, dairy, etc. that are found. Apart from the items sold, the markets usually have stalls that serve breakfast and freshly brewed coffee too.
Some of these markets showcase various handicrafts, arts, installations and performances by the local artisans and artists. The town also has a lot of fairs that are hosted on a weekly or monthly basis, open to all at no admission costs. Some of the popular local markets are The Little Big Market, the Historic Village Market, the Mount Farmer’s Market, the Tauranga Farmers’ Market, the Retro and Mod Sale, the Community Night Market, the Oropi Sunday Market, the Atrium Art, and Artisans Fair, and the Extravaganza Fair.
The Little Big Markets are held on the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Coronation Park on Maunganui Road. There is no admission fee for the same. The market is well known amongst the locals for the various local food products it offers, which comes from the local artisans and producers.
Visitors can also enjoy the live music along with the events that the market hosts and collaborates with, such as the Tauranga Jazz Festival, The Waterfront Opening, Tauranga Arts Festival, Papamoa Beach Front Festival, Night Owl Cinema, Earth Hour, Hamilton Garden Arts Festival, Summer Festival and many more.
The Historic Village Markets are held every first and third Sunday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Historic Village on the 17th Avenue, Tauranga. There is no admission fee for the same and the market has amenities like car parking, wheelchair access, and public toilets.
The market offers items like food, fruits, and vegetables, plants, crafts, tools, rawleys, coffee, clothing, books, Brick a Brack, etc. all coming from local artisans and producers. It is advised to the visitors to reach the venue at around 7:00 a.m. for the allocation of a site.
The Mount Farmers’ Markets are held every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Car Park 141 Maunganui Road. There is no admission fee for the same. The markets offer items like fine fresh produce, bread, pastries, cheese, smoked fish, oils, chutneys, relishes, plants, seedlings, honey, fresh-cut flowers and more coming straight from the local artisans and purveyors along with live music on most weekends.
The markets also have stalls that offer fresh homegrown fruits and vegetables along with organic compost and other products for one’s garden.
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