Summer is on its way, and so too are the multitude of markets the Western Bay has to offer.
Art, craft, bric-a-brac, food, produce and plants are all on offer, and with only six weekends until Christmas, now is a perfect time to start gift shopping.
If you’re looking for handmade, Tauranga’s Zee Night Market returns on Saturday, November 17 at the Elizabeth Street Community Hall from 4-9pm. The boutique market features the work of various artisans and craftspeople and is largely indoors. The regular Zee Market can be found in the hall every second Saturday of the month, from 10am-2pm.
Also returning for a fourth season is the Te Puke Community Market in Jubilee Park, with the second market from 9am-1pm on Saturday, November 17. The market provides a platform for community groups to fundraise and raise awareness of their organisations, and is held on the third Saturday of each month until April 2019.
On Friday, November 23, a new market is coming to Katikati’s Uretara Domain in the form of the Katikati Xmas Makers Market. A highlight of the market, from 4-8pm, will be a special marquee where children can rent a table for $5 and sell their handmade gifts for sale.
It will run alongside the regular plant and produce market next door in the A&P Showgrounds.
Dinner in the Domain is on offer once again from Thursday, November 29, and continues every Thursday night until the end of March 2019. From 5.30-9.30pm, you can head along to Papamoa Domain and sample the culinary delights of Tauranga’s best food trucks. Fully licensed, you can also wash it down with a locally brewed craft beer and enjoy some live music.
If Thursday night doesn’t work for you, Mount Maunganui’s Gourmet Night Market returns to Coronation Park on Friday nights from November 30, until March 2019. It’s a great place to put down a picnic blanket, grab a bite to eat and listen to some live music against the backdrop of Mauao. The market gets under way at 5pm ‘til dark.
As well as the summer markets, there are plenty of regular markets breaking out the Christmas goodies as well, including the monthly Night Out Markets held at Bethlehem Hall on the first Friday of the month, from 6.30-9.30pm. A special Christmas market will be held on December 21 for those last-minute shoppers.
The Little Big Markets - always a crowd-pleaser at any time of the year - are on the first Saturday of each month at Coronation Park and the third Saturday of each month at Papamoa Pony Club, from 9am -2pm.
The Black Sheep Bar and Grill is home to the monthly Affordable Art and Artisan Fair on the last Sunday of each month, from 11am-3pm. Presented by ARTbop, all products sold are handmade in New Zealand.
The region’s Lions clubs hold a number of regular markets throughout the year, including the Historic Village Market in Tauranga every first and third Sunday, from 8am-noon.
The Papamoa Lions Club Market, every second and fourth Sunday at Gordon Spratt Reserve, and the Omokoroa Lions Market, every second Sunday of the month in the Western Ave carpark, run from 9am-noon.
If it’s fantastic food you’re after, you can’t go wrong with the Tauranga Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday from 8.45am-noon at Tauranga Primary School, and the Mount Farmers’ Market in Coronation Park, every Sunday from 9am-1pm.
Other markets in the area include the Oropi Sunday Market at Oropi Memorial Hall on the last Sunday of the month (9am-1pm), the Maketu Market on the Village Green overlooking the Maketu Estuary on the third and fifth Sunday of each month (7am-noon), and the Lizard Market at the Omokoroa Settlers Hall on the third Saturday of each month (9am-12pm).