GO NZ: New Zealand’s best farmer’s markets for short breaks

Trying the best of regional produce and artisan treats will be a highlight of your holiday, writes Bridget Jones

A strong coffee, freshly made bread and some beautiful fresh produce. Farmers’ markets have fast become something of a national institution, keeping Kiwis busy (and fed) every Saturday morning. Here are some of the country’s favourite farmers’ markets to visit on your winter short break, from New Zealand’s north to the very south:

The Old Packhouse Market, Kerikeri

This market celebrates everything that is special about the winterless north. The rules are strict: only Northland-grown produce and products made in the region are sold, with the market also showcasing an array of talented artists and crafters from the area. On Sundays, however, things get a little broader, with an eclectic mix of upcycled fashion and retro goods added in a car boot sale.
When and where: Saturday 8am-1.30pm/Sunday 9am-1,30pm, 505 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri

Matakana Farmers’ Market

You will find this gem just 45 minutes from central Auckland. Held in the heart of Matakana Village, it is a foodie’s heaven, with a focus on sustainable, fresh produce from local artisans. The market is zero waste, so BYO bags and baskets, and make sure the littlest shoppers make the most of the nearby treehouse and playground, while you relax by the river with a freshly made coffee after exploring what’s on offer.
When and where: Saturday 8am-1pm, Matakana Village

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