The Saturday morning flea market in Kuirau Park is one of Rotorua’s most popular weekly shopping events. This one has become a local institution, thanks to its varied selection of international foods and the delightful growing warmth of the geothermal streets beneath the consumers’ feet. Foodies will enjoy meals from Asia, Europe, and the rest of the world, as well as traditional North Island favourites, prepared by New Zealand market chefs. There are also numerous shops selling handcrafted Maori artwork and other oddities.
The Soundshell Market takes place on the Lakefront every two weeks on a Sunday. The market has been operating for more than two decades and is open to the public. Stalls sell a wide range of arts and crafts items, apparel, and a variety of collectibles.
If you want to do some late-night shopping, go to the Tutanekai Street market, which takes place every Thursday evening in town. While the majority of the stalls are food-related, selling everything from locally sourced preserves to New Zealand wines, the event also draws artisan vendors who sell their own unique items.