With the weather (hopefully) growing more and more bearable as we edge further away from the cold soul-less hole that is Auckland winter, the prospect of leaving the house seems a wonderful opportunity to escape the dangerous Netflix-addiction we've all developed. Thankfully, it's market season which means there's an abundance of food and craft stalls full of fresh produce, handmade art and vintage clothing waiting for you all over the city.
Ponsonby Christmas Market Day
You won’t want to miss the Ponsonby Christmas Market Day to get on top of your pressie shopping this year. There will be clothing, jewellery, homewares plus live music and food to keep you going. Santa will also be taking a break from his busy schedule to make an appearance at 12 pm! If you're with the sprogs, then they'll love the free face painting and ballooons. It's a win-win for all ages!
When: Sunday the 4th, from 11 am
Where: Ponsonby Road
Devonport Christmas Market
For all the Shore-dwellers who do not want to make the trip across the bridge, or for the City-siders who want to escape, head to the Devonport Christmas Market. Following the Santa Parade head to Windsor Park, which will have all you need to get into the Christmas spirit.
When: Sunday the 4th, 11 am- 3 pm
Where: Windsor Reserve
General Collective Christmas Market
The General Collective Christmas Market is something to note in your diary. Supporting both local and Scandinavian design and with 250 stalls, you will find crafts, arts, homewares and street food. This family-friendly event will also feature face painting, games and colouring-in for the kids (or adults).
When: Sunday the 11th, 10 am- 2 pm
Where: The Sapphire Room, Ponsonby Central 136-138 Ponsonby Road
La Cigale Markets are your go-to for pastries, crepes, pate, croque monsieur and cheese! Don’t be fooled by their French claims; you’ll find a range of different cuisines here including fresh Italian from Cesare Pasta, Turkish from Turkish Bazaar, Spanish from Paella Pan, New York Style Al’s Deli and more. For those of you who cannot make it to Parnell on the weekends, these markets are now also in Britomart’s Takutai Square!
When: Saturday 8 am - 1.30 pm, Sunday 9 am -1.30 pm
Where: 69, Georges bay Rd, Parnell; Takutai Square, Britomart
Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market
If you live around Grey Lynn (or further afield) these markets are definitely worth checking out. Take a Sunday morning stroll down to the Grey Lynn Community Centre. With fresh produce and juices to satisfy you health food fanatics, or there’s salted caramel donuts from bread and butter if you are more sugar-inclined. Just make sure to bring your reusable bags with you as this is a zero-waste market!
When: Every Sunday 9 am – 12.30 pm
Where: Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road
Hobsonville Point Farmers’ Market
This harbour-side old airplane hangar is a picturesque place to spend your lazy Sunday (or Saturday) morning at. Grab a much-needed coffee and stroll the stalls selling everything from sweets to sushi to smoothies. Top it off with a wander through the coastal walkway afterward…bliss! Find out all the deets here.
When: Weekends from 9 am to 1 pm
Where: The Landing by Hobsonville Ferry Terminal
Matakana Farmers’ Market
An hour out of Auckland, Matakana Farmer's Markets are not be missed this December. Get out your picnic basket and fill it with treats from the market. They have all you need, including fresh fruit, spring rolls, bread and pastries, cheese and much more! Continue on to the much loved Tauwharanui or Omaha beaches, feast, and bake in that summer sun.
When: Every Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm
Where: Matakana Sq, 2 Matakana Valley Road
Oratia Farmers’ Markets
The only farmers market in Auckland that is actually on a farm, is the Oratia Farmers’ Market. They are definitely worth a visit to find all your favourite fashionable foods; crepes, salmon, cheese, avocados, donuts…Need we say more?
When: Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm
Where: Artisan Wines, 99 Parrs Cross Rd
Parnell Farmers’ Markets
Not be outshined by the acclaimed La Cigale markets, Parnell has another player on the scene. Parnell Farmers’ Market feature more than 25 stalls of seasonal produce and there will be a craft market running alongside every Saturday until the 17th. This is a great opportunity to get all your rellie’s gifts. Who wouldn’t appreciate a more practical prezzie…a morepork door stopper perhaps?
When: Saturdays, 8 am- 12 pm
Where: 545 Parnell Rd
Clevedon Farmers’ Market
The Clevedon Farmers’ Market sells absolute quality produce—but be aware you’ll have to be an early bird as the goods are scarce by mid-morning. For those of you who are more of a nocturnal Kiwi, the espresso is your friend. Even better, there are ponies and miniature horses!
When: Sundays, 8.30 am- 1 pm
Where: Clevedon A&P sale yards and exhibition hall, Clevedon Showgrounds, Monument Rd
The bi-annual Auckland Fair is back this year, bringing you an eclectic mix of ceramics, skincare, jewellery, toys, and more. Situated on the Waterfront, it’s a beautiful setting for your Sunday. Entry is a fiver, but don’t worry the photo booth is free.
When: Sunday the 4th
Where: Shed 10, Queens Wharf
Birkenhead Artisan Market
Claiming they have rare and unique products that’ll be hard to find elsewhere, Birkenhead Artisan Markets are ones to keep on your radar. You’ll find a mix of cosmetics, food, crafts and produce. Make sure to bring cash as the nearest ATM is a 10-minute walk away.
When: Saturday 17th December, 9am- 1pm
Where: Highbury House, 110 Hinemoa St
Crafternoon Tea Market
The Crafternoon Tea Market is popping up for two days only this December. You’ll find handmade toys, candles, jewellery, clothing; all you need to make Christmas shopping less of a stress-fest. At the Mt Eden location, there are also two workshops on offer if you want to add a personal touch to your prezzies with ornament or kokedama (the new terrariums) making.
When: Saturday the 10th Mt Eden, Saturday the 17th Kingsland, 10 am- 2 pm
Where: Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Rd
Trinity Methodist Church, 400 New North Rd, Kingsland
Hip Factory Markets contain a wide variety of treats and trinkets. Pick up some funky socks from Parlour x Nautical Poet or some fresh tees from Yachtsman clothing.
When: Sunday the 4th, 10 am – 3 pm
Where: 13 Arrenway Drive, Rosedale
The old heritage Alberton house in Mt Albert provides the perfect setting for a market in the inner city. This is an all-morning affair, with your usual crafts and foods like a sweet, sweet pie from the Pie Piper or kombucha from the boys at the Organic Mechanic. Feeling a little fancy? Have tea and a scone on vintage china on the verandah. Not your cup of tea? Feed the chickens and little lambs at 11.30 am! Get all the Market's deets here.
When: Sunday the 11th, 10 am- 2 pm
Where: Alberton House, 100 Mt Albert Rd
Titirangi Village Market
Usually only once a month, Titirangi Markets are bringing you two opportunities this December with an extra, special Christmas market on the 18th. With more than 130 stalls you’ll be sure to find something of interest.
When: Sunday the 11th & 18th, 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Rd
Held the first Sunday of each month, Coatesville Markets are also having a special evening market on the 18th. It’s in the country, so cash is critical, no Paywave here, sorry folks.
When: Sunday the 4th 10 am- 2 pm; Sunday the 18th 2 pm- 7 pm
Where: Coatesville Hall, entrance past the Pony Club
Trot down to the Avondale Racecourse on a Sunday and to be stunned by this bustling Avondale Markets. They offer a diverse range of produce and crafts and you may be able to score some unexpected products.
When: Sundays, 5am- 12pm
Where: Avondale Racecourse, Ash Street
Auckland Night Markets
Got picky friends? Go to the Auckland Night Markets to find all ya favourite Thai, Chinese, and Spanish stalls and more. Any night of the week you can satisfy those late-night cravings. They are in several locations all over the city including Glenfield, Pakuranga, Papatoetoe, Silvia Park, so you’re bound to find one nearby.
When: Wednesdays-Sundays, 5.30 pm- late
Where: Glenfield, Pakuranga, Papatoetoe, Silvia Park, Henderson, Botany
Night Noodle Markets
The highly anticipated Night Noodle markets are coming to Victoria Park for five nights from November the 30th. Make the most of this noodle and dumpling fest while you can!
When: Wednesday November 30th - Sunday December 4th , Weekdays 4 pm -10 pm, Weekends 1 pm- 10 pm
Where: Victoria Park
Mt Albert Markets
Nestled right in the middle of Mt Albert is a market to cater to you. The Mt Albert Markets Friday night is street food central, with a changing lineup of all your favourite vendors. Saturday mornings provide plenty of produce in their weekly farmers’ market. You won’t miss the meat on their ‘Viva Las Veges’ Saturday nights with vendors like Wise Boys Burgers.
When: Friday (2nd & 23rd), Saturday Nights 5 pm- 9 pm, Saturday morning 9 am- 1 pm
Where: 847 New North Road.
Silo Park Markets
Silo Park offers a variety of events this summer throughout the weekend. On Friday nights, alongside Silo Cinema, there will be street food on offer so be sure to get down there early to snatch a snack and secure a spot. Come Saturdays there will be arts and crafts markets, showcasing quality artisan creations. And Silo Stories should be a welcome addition to your Sunday—while the kids listen to a story, you can make your way through the food stalls. Or, you can let out your inner child and attempt hula-hooping again—just don’t put your hip out!
When: Friday nights from 9 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 12 pm – 6 pm
Where: Silo Park, Corner of Jellicoe and Beaumont St, Wynyard Quarter
Green Bay Markets
Fill your Friday nights with a street food feast this December at the Green Bay Markets. These are multi-cultural events, with Mexican, Spanish, Japanese, and French cuisines all featuring.
When: Friday December 2nd, 9th, 16th , 5 pm – 8.30 pm
Where: Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive
Te Atatu Night Markets
Only on this Friday, make sure to check out the Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre for a total sensory experience—live music, street food, colourful produce, handmade crafts and more. BYO blanket and settle down for a great night. Check out all the deets here!
When: Friday December 2nd , 5 pm- 9 pm
Where: Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre, 595 Te Atatu Rd
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