Discover more about our Cook Islands culture by exploring the local markets on offer. On Saturday mornings, take a trip to the Punanga Nui Markets for local food stalls, drinks, head ei’s, pareu’s and souvenirs (to name a few).
The Punanga Nui Market in Avarua, Rarotonga’s main town, offers free entertainment, fresh food stalls, organic coffee, and authentic souvenirs like pearls, artwork, crafts and hats made of coconut frond. While the market is open until midday, early Saturday morning is the best time to go for locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as homemade treats like poke. Also, make sure to head over to the main stage from about 10am to enjoy live music and dancing.
MURI NIGHT MARKETS
The Muri night markets in the Muri Beach Village are a great way to curate your own dinner from the various food trucks, stalls and stands all while mixing and mingling with tourists and locals alike. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings from 5pm, the night markets offer a variety of food from local BBQ meals, seafood, fresh drinking coconuts, chicken curries, wok-fried noodles, pizza, desserts and more.
A FEW HELPFUL TIPS:
Go early to have the widest selection of food on offer.
Remember to bring your New Zealand Dollars or Cook Islands coins as stalls are cash only.
Get to the markets by bus or if you are driving, park just off the road.