Punanga Nui, Avarua

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Do not miss the exciting cultural experience of Punanga Nui, a sprawling market offering produce, crafts, and much more. Traditional music sets the scene for a vibrant atmosphere, and you can spot dancers here and there while shopping. Freshly caught fish, honey, fruit, vegetables, and tropical flowers are all locally produced. If you do not plan to make your own dinner, head to the cooked-food tents instead. Sellers offer everything from mouthwatering fruit smoothies to kebabs. If you want to pick up some souvenirs, choose from pearls and shells, whale-bone necklaces, quilts, and sarongs. Put Punanga Nui on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Avarua visit planning website .
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  • A must do for any visitor to Rarotonga. Food, drinks, souvenirs, music, dancing all in one place. Prices are great and often cheaper than normal shops. Quite a lot of the souvenirs couldn't be found e...  more »
  • I'd been looking forward to this market for months and was not disappointed. There is something here for everyone - fresh baked goods, fruit and vegetables, nu, souvenirs, yummy cooked food, music. I ...  more »
  • We went to the Saturday market because we heard it was the best day to go - we weren't disappointed. There are so many stalls there all with lots of things to choose from (granted, most of the the sta...  more »
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  • A great selection of food. Enjoyed the BBQ lamb chops and the healthy salad options. Great place to get fruit and veges and souvenirs to take home. Held in town every Saturday morning until 1pm
  • Such a cool destination, a must visit to support the local goods and produce! And you get such an exotic variety of fruits and veges that are a real treat. Great for souvenirs and also just to chat and hang with the locals
  • Awesome markets. Lots of stalls. From fresh coconuts, fruits and vegetables to arts and crafts, souvenirs and heaps of places to get hot food! Great place to take kids
  • Great place to go to atleast once and must go to Saturday morning market. Good selection of local food however the souvenirs/ clothes are over priced. Not a place if you are after fruits /vegetables as it is again over priced.
  • Yummy food. Great stalls for pareu's, coconut oil, black pearl jewellery and much more. Also has live cook island dancing onstage.
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