Te Punanga Nui markets
Small huts sell locally made crafts
A social and shopping event
On Rarotonga, Te Punanga Nui market on Saturday morning is the highlight of the week. A colourful variety of local fruit and vegetables, flowers, music and crafts delight all the senses. The market is for locals as much as tourists and a social event as well as a shopping one.
Alongside some of the traditional local food such as Ika Mata (marinated raw fish), poke (made with local fruit and cassava/tabioca) and chicken with taro, there are fresh-baked pastries, tropical fruit smoothies and fresh waffles. There's something for everyone!
Drumming, dancing and singing
Sometimes you'll be lucky enough to see local and visiting cultural groups doing a fundraising performance at the market - this is another chance to enjoy Cook Islands drumming, singing and dancing and of course, it's also great for photos.
Dance teams often perform at the market
These days several of the stalls and shops selling crafts and fresh produce are also open during the week.
On Saturdays they all shut promptly at midday.