Wherever you live in Auckland, you are probably close to an open-air market where local farmers and vendors gather to sell fresh produce and specialty items. Items are traditionally sold for the asking price — which is lower than you’ll find in the supermarkets — as bargaining is not the norm in New Zealand. However, vendors may be amenable to making deals close to closing time or for bulk purchases.
These are Auckland’s weekly open-air markets, listed by region.
City Farmer’s Market – http://www.cityfarmersmarket.co.nz
Large food market including several organic offerings. Specialties include fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, eggs, meat, smoked fish, flowers, olives and olive oils, condiments, coffee, artisan breads, handmade treats and more.
Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm – all year round.
Britomart, Corner of Galway & Gore Streets, downtown Auckland.
La Cigale French-style Farmer’s Market – http://www.lacigale.co.nz
French-style market featuring fresh fruit and vegetables, Te Kainga beef and lamb, organic chocolates, fresh breads, dips, sauces, coffee, French cheeses and more.
Saturday, 8am-1.30pm or Sunday 9am-1.30pm.
69 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell.
Parnell Farmers’ Market – http://www.parnell.org.nz/Parnell-Trust-Farmers-Market-Auckland.htm
Fresh seasonal produce, coffee stands, cakes and more, all brought to you by the producers themselves. Parnell Farmers’ Market is located in the Jubilee Building car park at 545 Parnell Road, Parnell between the library and museum. The bus stop is conveniently located right outside the library.
Saturday morning 8am to 12 noon.
545 Parnell Road, Parnell
Matakana Village Farmers’ Market – http://matakanavillage.co.nz/market/matakana-farmers-market/
Organic eggs, Puhoi cheeses, jams and relishes, pies, chocolate, and nuts, plus local wines, boutique beers and olive oils.
Saturday 8am-1pm; winter 9am-1pm.
2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana.
South/South East Auckland
Clevedon Village Farmers Market – http://www.clevedonfarmersmarket.co.nz
Vegetables, fruit, flowers, herbs, plants, meat, poultry, fish, seedlings, seeds, nuts, cheese, coffee, pickles, preserves, sauces, baking, eggs, bread, confectionery, wine, beer, juice and homemade cordials, materials used in the production of food such as compost and worm farms.
Every Sunday, 8.30am-12 noon.
Clevedon Showgrounds, Monument Road, Clevedon.
Otara Market – no website
A large, Polynesian-flavored market featuring exotic foods, fruit and veggies, arts, crafts and clothing. The best market for bargains.
Every Saturday morning, 6am-12 noon.
Otara Shopping Centre, Newbury Lane, Otara.
Avondale Sunday Market – http://www.avondalesundaymarkets.co.nz/
Second-hand goods, fresh produce and new items.
Every Sunday, 7am-midday
Avondale Racecourse, Ash Street entrance.