Food & Wine


Northland – a land of firsts - was where European settlers planted the first grapes in New Zealand. Warm spring temperatures, hot dry summers, and calm, clear autumn days allow the fruit to ripen early, creating full-bodied and rich wines.

Weekly Farmers and Growers Markets are held in Whangārei, Kerikeri, Paihia, Paparoa and Kaitaia where the freshest, local produce are the heroes. These markets have been a growing phenomenon over the past 10 years, promoting the ‘gate to plate’ philosophy.

Whangārei’s new Gourmet Night Market on the Canopy Bridge on a summer’s evening is the place to be to feast on global street food while enjoying live performances from local artists.

Spoilt for choice, dining options across the region range from Devonshire tea with scones, jam and fresh New Zealand cream at a café, the freshest fish and chips, seafood platters enjoyed on a deck at the ocean’s edge to 7-course degustation menus designed by some of New Zealand’s finest chefs. 

Northland’s regional cuisine highlights an abundance of kaimoana (seafood), avocados, olives, macadamia nuts, citrus and subtropical fruits. In Northland you can pick your own macadamias, or buy oysters, award-winning cheeses and olive oils direct from the producers.

Visit a boutique chocolate factory or a kumara shed or visit a farmers market. Farm gate stalls, artisan producers and food excursions are all part and parcel of the Northland landscape and are spearheading Northland’s growing reputation as a foodie and locavore heaven.

Featured Farmers and Growers Markets

Bay of Islands Farmers Market

Growers and producers from all over Northland have been providing locals and visitors with fresh foods and Artisan products since 2004. As Northland is a subtropical – temperate climate the region can offer a great variety of local produce to customers.

This is an all-weather market – RAIN OR SHINE.

Bay of Islands Farmers Market

Whangārei Growers Market

Every Saturday morning the Whangarei Growers Market offers fresh, high quality local produce, much of it organic, all locally grown and sold personally by the growers. Fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers plus honey, eggs, organic beef and oyster producers.

This is an all-weather market – RAIN OR SHINE.

Whangārei Growers Market

The Old Packhouse Market

The Old Packhouse Marketoffers a wide range of locally grown fresh produce and showcases a variety of Artisan products. Meet the grower, producer or maker and talk with them about their products. See, touch, smell and taste the goods! Then buy, knowing that they are fresh from the source.

This is an all-weather market – RAIN OR SHINE.

The Old Packhouse Market

Paparoa Farmers Market

Weekly market in picturesque Paparoa, held beside the Village Green. Highlights at market are the locally grown seasonal produce, fresh flounder, oysters and smoked mussels, pickles and sauces. You will also find plants, olive oil, freshly roasted coffee, honey and bacon butties.

This is an all-weather market – RAIN OR SHINE.

Paparoa Farmers Market

Markets by location

The Old Packhouse Market – Kerikeri
Offering a wide range of locally grown fresh produce and showcases a variety of Artisan products. Meet the grower, producer or maker and talk with them about their products. See, touch, smell and taste the goods! Then buy, knowing that they are fresh from the source. This is an all-weather market – RAIN OR SHINE.

Bay of Islands Farmers Market  Kerikeri
Sunday
8:30 – 12 noon
Post Office Car Park
Hobson Ave, Kerikeri

Bay of Islands Farmers Market – Paihia
Thursday
1 – 4:30pm
Village Green
Paihia

Kawakawa Market
First Sunday of every month from
7 - 11am
St John’s Car Park, Gillies Street, Kawakawa
Arts & craft, fruit & veg, bric a brac.

Moerewa Market
Third Saturday of every month
8am - 12 Noon
Simpson Park Hall, Leaity Street, Moerewa
Market focuses on this type of produce: Hot Hangi, Fruit & veg, flora & fauna, bric a brac.

Paparoa Farmers Market
Weekly market in picturesque Paparoa, held beside the Village Green. Highlights at market are the locally grown seasonal produce, fresh flounder, oysters and smoked mussels, pickles and sauces. You will also find plants, olive oil, freshly roasted coffee, honey and bacon butties. This is an all-weather market – RAIN OR SHINE.

Riverside Produce Market – Dargaville
Every Thursday from 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Ad Focus Carpark, Dargaville
A range of local produce and craft from kumara to chopping boards.

Kaitaia Market
Fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables available direct from the grower. 
Open every Sat 7am-12pm in the Warehouse Car park.

Mangonui Village Market
Every Saturday morning 8am – 12 noon
Mangonui Memorial Hall, Doubtless Bay

Artisans Fair– Whangarei
October - April
Canopy Bridge - Town Basin, Whangarei
The largest and most vibrant Arts and Craft Market in Northland. Situated on the Canopy Bridge in the Town Basin, the Artisans Fair is filled to the brim with a wonderful array of colourful arts, crafts, music, food and people from across Northland and beyond. If you are coming through or visiting Whangarei this summer, the Artisans Fair needs to be on your itinerary as a place to experience.

Riverside Produce Market
Ad Focus Carpark, Dargaville
Every Thursday from 2.30pm - 5.30pm
A range of local produce and craft from kumara to chopping boards.

Whangārei Growers Market
Every Saturday morning the Whangarei Growers Market offers fresh, high quality local produce, much of it organic, all locally grown and sold personally by the growers. Fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers plus honey, eggs, organic beef and oyster producers. This is an all-weather market – RAIN OR SHINE.

Mangawhai Market
Every Saturday 9am - 1pm
Library Hall, Mangawhai Village
A village market selling food and produce, plants, arts & crafts and books.

Mangawhai Beach & Country Market
From mid October to April (Easter) only. Sunday’s 9am - 1pm
Mangawhai Domain, Mangawhai
Quality goods, produce, souvenirs, arts & crafts, music, food,

Artisans Fair
October - April
Canopy Bridge - Town Basin, Whangarei
The largest and most vibrant Arts and Craft Market in Northland. Situated on the Canopy Bridge in the Town Basin, the Artisans Fair is filled to the brim with a wonderful array of colourful arts, crafts, music, food and people from across Northland and beyond. If you are coming through or visiting Whangarei this summer, the Artisans Fair needs to be on your itinerary as a place to experience.

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