Open 6 days a week (Monday-Saturday), The Punanga Nui cultural market is a wholesome local experience that is not to be missed on your next Cook Islands adventure. Located in Avarua, Rarotonga, the Punanga Nui Cultural Market offers an array of delicious Cook Islands produce, handmade arts and crafts, clothing, and live music performances.
Cook Islands locals relish the opportunity to mix with tourists and entertain as they learn about each other's culture across the 130 market stalls. Packed with friendly interactions and Polynesian cultural delights, the Punanga Nui cultural Market will leave a lasting impression on your Cook Islands holiday.
Take yourself on a delicious culinary journey as you try the numerous food stalls across the market. Taste the local Cook Islands produce like honey, herbs, organic fruits and vegetables and recharge with a delicious Polynesian style coffee and coconut bun. Enjoy popular market meals like kebabs, waffles and smoothies, or dive into the local delicacies and try a poke bowl, chicken with taro or ika mata (marinated raw fish!)
If you're a bit of a wine connoisseur, you must try the unique beverages from the Koteka Winery stall. Flavours like red banana wine, and chilli liqueur are sure to wow your tastebuds. If you're looking to shop, the Punanga Nui cultural market has a wide variety of stalls showcasing the amazing local handicrafts. Pick up some beautiful souvenirs like one-of-a-kind art, sarongs, woven bags, ukuleles, whale bone necklaces and handmade quilts - you will be amazed at what's on offer!
As the sun sets, watch the market come alive with vibrant cultural performances by the locals. Featuring, traditional native dances, music, flame throwing and storytelling, the lively performance will showcase the magical Cook Islands heritage.
To get to The Punanga Nui Cultural Market, hop on the island bus to the Avatiu Harbour, or take a short stroll from the Avarua town centre.