Market Culture


Our market culture is very strong in the North and if there’s one way to get amongst the delicious bounty of the region, as well as immersing yourself in a true sense of the people behind the produce, markets are where it’s at.

You will find weekly Farmers and Growers Markets are held in most towns across Northland.

Whangārei is home to the country’s longest running traditional growers market where everything is sold by its grower, catcher or maker. The principal of this market has been in place since it began in 1998 and there is simply no better way to learn about the provenance of your food. The early bird will always get the spoils at the Whangarei Growers Market. It runs from 6am to 10am every Saturday morning and joining the happy crowds first thing is worth it for your pick of the freshest veg, fruit, seafood, nuts, cheese and preserves… the list goes on!

Our guide below will lead you to the different markets happening close to you, no matter where you are in the region. Most run throughout the year but when the warmer months roll around you’ll find the market calendar has even more going on.

Whangārei’s Gourmet Night Market on a summer’s evening is the place to be to feast from an array of tasty food trucks while enjoying live performances from local artists. And adding to the night market options is the new Themed Street Food Markets at the very popular Old Packhouse Markets in Kerikeri. You can expect something different each time, with local live entertainment and great vibes for the whole family.

You’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re looking for real foodie experiences and of course, getting amongst the local market life means supporting a wonderful local economy.

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.

Mangawhai Tavern Market
Saturday, 8.30am to 1pm.
Fantastic range of fresh produce, plants, art, crafts, clothing, food, music and gifts. Held in and around the garden bar on the waters edges at the Mangawhai Tavern. An iconic destination to sample what Mangawhai, and Northland has to offer.

Ngunguru Sunday Market
First Sunday of each month 8.30am – 12pm
Held at the Ngunguru Sports Complex, you’ll find lots of local produce as well as freshly baked goodies, sweets, art, gifts and artisan products.

Tutukaka Night Markets
Every 2nd Saturday from 5pm throughout Summer (from Labour weekend)
Held on the northern end of the Tutukaka Green with the Marina as a backdrop, this market features great food, music, artisan stalls, vintage gifts and lots more. Family and dog friendly. This is a zero waste event, you are encouraged to bring your own bags and picnic set to enjoy your meals.

Artisans Fair
October - April
Reyburn House - Town Basin, Whangarei
The largest and most vibrant Arts and Craft Market in Northland. Situated outside Reyburn House 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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