The Bay of Plenty’s Best Summer Markets for Produce and Produce

Bay of Plenty is famous for its avocados and kiwis, but it’s now much more than New Zealand’s fruit bowl.

Its fertile volcanic soil is perfect for cultivation and the area is becoming known for truffles, chocolate, vanilla, raw milk cheese and fresh artisan bread.

It only makes sense that the Bay Markets are the perfect showcase for amazing produce and produce. Grab your tote and floppy sun hat and fill your boots with good vibes and locally grown treats.

Small Big Markets

When: 9am-2pm: first, second and fourth Saturday of each month (Coronation Park, Mount Maunganui), third Saturday of each month (Pāpāmoa Pony Club, Pāpāmoa Beach)

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Whether you want to buy handicrafts, buy new handcrafted knick-knacks, clothes, household items, or just enjoy some delicious food, these markets offer high-quality local produce in the park right next to the downtown shopping area of Mount. or adjacent to Pāpāmoa Beach.

Tauranga Farmers Market

The Tauranga Farmer's Market is one of the oldest farmers' markets in the country.

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The Tauranga Farmer’s Market is one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the country.

When: Saturday 7:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Tauranga Primary School, Tauranga)

Established in 2003, it is one of the oldest farmers markets in the country and a favorite among locals. About fifty mostly organic merchants selling seasonal products, flowers and plants in a good atmosphere generated by weekly events. Under the red light, dishes can only be served to take away.

Waihi Beach Sunday Market

When: Every Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., until April 17, 2022 (Wilson Park, Waihī Beach)

“Happy Summer Sunday Vibes” is the slogan of the organizers who invite you to sit and relax on blankets and pillows spread out under an ancient pōhutukawa tree. Up to 80 vendors from as far away as Auckland, Waikato and Tauranga sell produce, plants, garden art, jewelry, clothing, meat, cheese and even kombucha at the checkout.

Dinner in the park

Just one of the treats offered at dinner in the park.

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Just one of the treats offered at dinner in the park.

When: Every Sunday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., until April 3 (Matua Park, Tauranga)

Every Sunday throughout the summer, Matua Park comes alive with more than a dozen food trucks, serving delicious options from around the world. Treats include pulled pork from Tray of Plenty, vegetarian Japanese from Golden Balls and the latest creations from Mount Brewing Co.

Whakatane Sunday Market

When: Every Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Whakatane War Memorial Hall, Whakatāne)

A weekly event proudly designed to be a gathering place for locals, visitors can enjoy the friendly atmosphere of a small town. Eastern Bay artisans sell handcrafted greenstone, wood, candles, macrame, pots, kawakawa skincare, pastries and award-winning olive oil, while local street musicians add to the atmosphere.

Solar Markets

The Sol Markets are themed around sustainability.

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The Sol Markets are themed around sustainability.

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., first Sunday of every month through April 2022 (Simpson Reserve, Pāpāmoa Beach)

A brand new sustainability-themed marketplace designed to take away the overwhelming feeling of making eco-friendly choices. There’s nothing but good energy at this range of stalls and food trucks, including zero-waste swimwear, indoor plants and flowers, aromatherapy products, handcrafted jewelry, furniture , coffee and wood-fired pizzas.

The floral hub

When: Thursday morning, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (Our Place, Tauranga)

After the florists have made their first pick from 7am, the flower market opens to the general public to support the secondary bustle of green-fingered locals who mainly grow organic and sustainable plants. Get quality flowers and foliage at wholesale prices to brighten your day.

Katikati Produce Market

When: Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (A&P Showgrounds, Katikati)

The village vibe is strong at this weekly event in New Zealand’s avocado capital, where you can shop for great local produce, plants, preserves, food and olive oil. olive.

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