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Waikato Markets

Nothing tastes better than fresh food straight from the source. New Zealand Farmers’ Markets are a great way to meet the people who produce the fresh, tasty food the country is famous for, and the Hamilton & Waikato region is no exception. Not to mention the array of craft and art markets that regularly feature throughout the region.

Hamilton Farmers’ Market

Waikato Farmers Markets

Head down to the Hamilton Farmers’ Market any Sunday morning between 8am and 12pm for delicious breakfast options and a hot coffee.

The market is the perfect way to greet a Sunday in the Waikato, with a variety of stalls that bring together some of the best artisan products and produce the Waikato region has to offer. The Hamilton Farmers’ Market began in 2006 with just 15 stallholders and has since blossomed in popularity, becoming one of the more well-known Waikato markets. Today you’ll see a wide range of fare including fresh local fruits and vegetables, hand-crafted breads and pastries, artisan butchers and fish mongers, honey, condiments and even gourmet dog-treats, - there is something to fill everyone’s shopping bags. 
Location: Gate 3, Brooklyn Road, Claudelands
Time: Every Sunday 8am - 12pm

Cambridge Farmers’ Market

The Cambridge Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday morning from 8am to 12pm in Victoria Square. Visit the market to meet the locals and purchase some tasty bread and cheese for a picnic alongside the Waikato River or nearby Lake Karapiro or take home some fresh local fruits and vegetables, eggs, milk, baked goods and more from over 40 stalls.
Location: Victoria Square, cnr Victoria Street & Alpha Street
Time: Every Saturday 8am - 12pm

Te Awamutu Twilight Farmers’ Market

The Te Awamutu Twilight Farmers’ Market is held on Thursday evenings from 3.30pm to 6pm during daylight savings months. Stalls feature freshly baked breads and pastries, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, salmon, flowers, trees and seedlings. Growers and producers will be happy to talk to you about where your food has come from or how best to prepare, cook or store it.
Location: Selwyn Park, Gorst Ave, Te Awamutu
Time: Thursday from 3:30pm - 6pm (during summer months)

Hamilton Night Market

Every Saturday the K-mart car park turns into the Hamilton Night Market from 5pm to 11pm. This family-friendly market features more than 100 stalls packed with fashion, hand-made jewellery and food from around the world. There is also live music and entertainment. It’s a great opportunity to grab some dinner with your family and try a range of global cuisines.
Location: K-mart carpark, Bryce Street, Hamilton
Time: Every Saturday 5pm - 11pm

Hamilton River Market

Held every Sunday at the Sonning Carpark on River Road, the Hamilton East River Market offers fresh and local produce of all kinds, from free range eggs and cakes to smoked salmon, avocado and more. The market also holds craft days on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.
Location: 203 River Road, Hamilton
Time: 8am - 1pm

Frankton Markets

With a large variety of stall offering everything from ethnic food, fresh produce and clothing to accessories, jewellery, fashion, arts, craft and more, the Frankton Markets are a great way to spend a Saturday morning in Hamilton City.
Location: Commerce Street, Frankton, Hamilton
Time: Every Saturday from 8am - 1pm

Raglan Creative Market

The Raglan Creative Market takes place in the Raglan Old School Arts Centre between 10am and 2pm on the second Sunday of every month. While offering some of the best produce from around the local area the market also features paintings, photography and original fashion. Raglan’s arts community sits at the heart of the Raglan lifestyle and the market is a great way to soak up the town’s relaxed attitude and creative vibe.
Location: Raglan Old School Arts Centre, Stewart Street, Raglan
Time: Second Sunday of every month 10am - 2pm

Gourmet in the Gardens

The Hamilton & Waikato region's ultimate food truck experience, Gourmet in the Gardens offers gourmet cuisine and products in an outdoor dining setting.
Location: Rhododendron Lawn, Gate 2, Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Drive, Hamilton
Time: From 4pm to 8pm on Sundays, October to March only
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The Gourmet Garage

The Hamilton & Waikato region's ultimate food truck experience goes indoors during winter at The Gourmet Garage at Claudelands in Hamilton.
Location: The Barn, Gate 3, Claudelands Showgrounds, Brooklyn Road, Hamilton
Time: From 5pm to 8pm on Fridays, June to September only
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Pirongia Country Market

The Pirongia Market showcases a selection of regionally produced art, craft and food.
Location: Pirongia Memorial Hall, Franklin Street, Pirongia
Time: Last Sunday of the month, 9:00am-2:00pm
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Tamahere Country Market

The ever popular Tamahere Country Market is held on the outskirts of Hamilton on the third Saturday of every month from 8am to 1pm. Offering everything from organic produce and local arts and crafts to wines, pastries, giftwares, garden ornaments and much more. Held in the St Stephen’s Church ground the Tamahere markets is frequented by locals and visitors alike.
Location: St Stephen’s Church grounds, cnr Airport Road and Tamahere Drive
Time: Third Saturday of every month 8am - 1pm
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Pirongia Craft Day

The annual Pirongia Craft Day is held along Pirongia's main street and dedicated to showcasing local arts and craftspeople. Along with live entertainment, food and produce, the market is a unique and vibrant event to attend with the whole family.
Location: Franklin Street, Pirongia
Time/Date: September each year (actual date varies)

Morrinsville Country Market

Head to Morrinsville on the first Saturday of each month (excluding January) from 8:30am – 12:30pm for the Morrinsville Country Market. Locally tipped as ‘the best kept secret in the Waikato’ the Morrinsville Country Market is sure to serve up a variety of delicious country fare.
Location: Canada Street, adjacent to the Morrinsville Library
Time: First Saturday of every month 8:30am - 12:30pm (excluding January)

Pokeno Country Market

Not only home to giant ice-creams and delicious bacon, the small town of Pokeno in North Waikato hosts the Pokeno Country Markets every Sunday from 9am to 4pm. The markets boast local produce, arts and crafts.
Location: Pokeno Village
Time: Every Sunday 9am - 4pm

Huntly Farmers Markets

The Huntly markets are held on the first, second and third Saturday of every month.
Location: Huntly
Time: First, second & third Saturday of every month 8am - 12pm

Otorohanga Craft Market

Held on the 4th Sunday of the month, the Otorohanga Craft Market is full of home baking, fresh preserves and a variety of home crafts.
Location: Village Green, Otorohanga
Time: Fourth Sunday of every month 10am - 2pm

Piopio Community Market

Providing fresh produce, delicious food and locally made treasures
Location: Main Street, Piopio
Time: Third Sunday of every month 9am - 12pm

Aberdeen Craft Market

Aberdeen School grounds come alive with the sound of kids laughing, families enjoying themselves, the busy hum of shoppers and coins clinking at the school’s  annual market day - complete with delicious food, live music and more.
Location: Rototuna Jnr High, Kimbrae Drive, Hamilton
Time: 4th Saturday of November each year

Matamata Country Market

The rural township of Matamata hosts a country market held on the second Saturday of the month showcasing locally made crafts, giftwares and food.
Location: Matamata Primary School
Time: The second Saturday of month 7:30am - 12:30pm

Extravaganza in the Park

Community market where artisans, crafters and community groups sell their handmade products. 
Location: The Western Community Centre, 46 Hyde Ave, Nawton, Hamilton
Time: Twice a year in March & Christmas