There are more than 50 agricultural markets between Kerikeri in the North Island and Riverton in the South Island, so you can find one by simply inquiring at the nearest tourist office. Here is a selection of popular markets.

Agricultural Markets of North Island

Whangarei:  The first agricultural market in New Zealand opened “north” in Whangarei about 10 years ago. Early on Saturday morning, a host of optimists rush to buy fresh food direct from the producers. Most customers arrive between 6:30 am and 7:30 am, although the market is open until 10:30 am

Bay of Islands:  Not far from Whangarei, you can find a more gourmet market style every Sunday morning in the city of Kerikeri, in the Bay of Islands. This market, famous for its artisan food products, also offers traditional fresh fruits and vegetables. Taste roasted coffee and fantastic jams. Subtropical fruits grow there, and jams, jellies and chutneys are particularly interesting.

Matakana: This rural town is located east of Warkworth on Auckland Road. With vineyards and olive groves in each direction, it offers a more sophisticated version of rural New Zealand life. The agricultural market, held every Saturday morning, is the place to sample delicacies such as organic hot chocolate with spices and Puhoi cheese. And also admire handmade products such as aprons and tea towels printed in the region.

Oratia: At the western border of Auckland, the Oratia Market in Parrs Cross Road is open on Saturdays from 9 am to noon. Special treats include organic ice cream, Maori potatoes, chocolate truffles and irresistible sauces for dessert. You can also learn how to make sausages, mozzarella and camembert. Cross Road is open Saturday 9am to noon. Special treats include organic ice cream, Maori potatoes, chocolate truffles and wicked dessert sauces. You can also learn how to make sausages, mozzarella cheese and camembert.

Parnell: Almost in the center of Auckland, Parnell’s French market, La Cigale, is open on Saturday and Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. It’s an ideal place to stimulate your appetite: taste, among others, paellas, French cheeses, surprising smoked sausages and fabulous cakes. You can easily walk to this market in the city center. This area is also home to the Parnell Farm Market, which is held on Saturday morning between the library and the museum. You will be able to buy fresh food sold directly from the producer or manufacturer.

Hawke’s Bay: Open year-round to Hastings every Sunday, on sunny or rainy days, the Hawke’s Bay Farm Market features some of the finest regional produce sold directly by growers. Stroll through the market, listen to local music and discover the variety of products grown and produced in Hawke’s Bay. There is no cooler place to buy a lot of local produce.

Porirua: One of New Zealand’s most picturesque communities, Porirua, is just a short drive north of Wellington. The local market opens early (5:30 am!) And closes in the middle of the morning. Food stalls offer curry and roasts, chop suey, banana pancakes and many other Asian-Pacific dishes. Artists evolve in the middle of the crowd; the evangelists preach salvation; the artisans of the Pacific Island sell beautiful basketry. We never get bored in Porirua!

Agricultural markets of South Island

Blenheim:  Local flavors include wild game from the Marlborough area, green shell mussels, hazelnut products, locally grown saffron, organic salmon and scented oils. Under the bright blue skies of Blenheim, it is a celebration of flavors worthy of a picnic.

Waipara: The Waipara Valley agricultural market is at the heart of a wine-growing region. It is therefore another paradise of artisanal food. Based at Pegasus Bay Winery and located near a beautiful lake, this market is open every Saturday morning during the summer months. Local specialties include olive oil, homemade pastries, pies, Swiss bread, fresh fish and lamb.

Canterbury : Along Scenic Highway 72, which connects the western side of the Canterbury Plains, two agricultural markets are to be discovered, Oxford and Methven. They are both open on Sunday mornings during the summer; but Oxford’s is also open in winter. The plains are a big space of culture,

Ohoka on Friday mornings, all year round, in the tree-lined Ohoka estate is a bustling folk market that hosts over 30 merchants, with many visitors enjoying a wide variety of fresh produce from the local culture, north of Christchurch.

Rangiora : big novelty in June 2011, the agricultural market of Rangiora is held Sunday morning in the city center on the parking lot of the district council of Waimakariri, just next to the Vistoria Park. Already well supported by both merchants and buyers, this market will certainly become one of the main attractions for locals and tourists alike.

Otago: Located in the parking lot of Dunedin’s historic train station, the Otago Farm Market, which can hold up to 75 vendors, is open on Saturday mornings, merchants are all passionate about the products they grow, process, pack and store. prepare. The brands on the market include: Havoc Pork, Who Ate All The Pies, Organicland (organic beef, veal and lamb), Evansdale Cheese, Indigo Bakeries, Basecamp (smoked salami), Blue Water Products (fresh fish), and ‘Otago organic Group (organic herbs and vegetables).

Riverton: The historic South Village, Riverton, is home to New Zealand’s most remote agricultural market. It is held every Saturday morning at 10:30 and offers food produced within a radius of 50 kilometers. You’ll love organic ice cream and gourmet sausages.

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