On Rarotonga, Te Punanga Nui market on Saturday morning is a weekly highlight for locals as much as tourists, making it one of the biggest social and shopping events of the week.
You’ll find colorful local fruit, vegetables, flowers, music, souvenirs and crafts, alongside some of the traditional local food such as ika mata (marinated raw fish) and poke (made with local fruit and cassava/tapioca). There are also fresh-baked pastries, tropical fruit smoothies, aromatic coffee and fresh waffles – so there's something for everyone! Theres also a vibrant cultural performance on the main market stage. Each week, a different local or visiting cultural group puts on a performance showcasing the Cooks uplifting drumming, singing and dancing.
On Saturday the markets shut around midday, however several of the stalls and shops selling crafts and fresh produce are open during the week as well.