Night markets in Auckland are alive with exotic delicacies

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 by Mark Sandiford

Auckland's night markets are growing in popularity, so much so that one is held every night of the week, each one in a different location.

This extensive reach delivers a unique night experience to various areas of the city, no matter where you live, a night market is never too far away. So let's break it down:

  • Monday - Onehunga
  • Tuesday - Mt Wellington
  • Wednesday - Botany Town Centre
  • Thursday - Henderson
  • Friday - Papatoetoe
  • Saturday - Pakuranga
  • Sunday - Glenfield

Start and end times vary slightly for each venue, so check out the Night Market website for specific start and end times. For a simple reference markets start at either 5 or 5:30pm and end at either 10pm or 12am._night _market _montage

There is a growing appreciation in the country (if not the world over) for markets that deliver quality food, fashion and fun.

Why so popular?

Night markets are the newest incarnation of the 'market' format here in New Zealand, despite night markets being a decade old institution, particularly in Asian based countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Being somewhat behind the trend until recently we are definitely making up for it now in enthusiasm, availability and variety.

The Auckland night markets offer locals and visitors alike delicious authentic food of Asian, Indian and Pacific origin, they offer arts and crafts, jewellery, clothing, fashion accessories, mobile phones, fresh produce and much more.

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The markets also boast a family friendly environment accompanied by free, live entertainment.

As the weather warms up, we are less inclined to stay home huddled up in front of the telly, but rather look for fun, free and engaging activities that get us out of the house to enjoy the great things this city has to offer.

The night markets offer An Alternative to the norm

A fun, food and fashion based alternative, the Auckland night markets are an escape from the house that all members of the family will be happy to join in. Whether your motivation is a tasty and affordable meal or the need to satisfy your shopping urges, the night markets have it in abundance.

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Set-up in car parking lots under shopping centres, the night markets are an all weather outing option that will fill your evenings with colour, noise and vibrancy.

Who goes to the night markets?

Popular with families, couples, groups and singles, the real question becomes 'who won't be there'. And with a night market held each night of the week in different areas of Auckland city, the demographic may change depending on what night you choose.

Auckland city is very suburb specific and typically within each suburb are all the amenities and shopping you will ever need. The night markets aid the city in delivering a unique experience, city wide that keeps each suburb vibrant and engaging.

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If you are visiting Auckland, we can recommend a night market as a trip into the suburbs that's worth making. If you live in the suburb in question then it's an easy choice for you.

If you live outside the city, travelling to the market is easy especially if you're driving or if you are uisng public transport, check times and dates.

If you are a guest at Kiwi International Hotel then we do recommend a trip to any of the markeets, as an alternative to the city centre scene, if or no other reason than to travel out and explore more of what this city has to offer and meet some of the great people that live within it.

 

 
 

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