Otara Market

Otara Market

New Zealand’s largest street market, up to 5,000 people visit this Saturday morning market each week, and business is well underway by 7am.

Pacific Island, Māori, Asian and Pakeha stallholders gather each week, creating a uniquely New Zealand multicultural experience

Pacific Island elders sell traditional tapa cloth and ti vaevae (quilts) next to their younger counterparts, selling satirical t-shirts and streetwear. Nearby, Indian and Chinese food stalls vie for business.

All is good natured, however, and the market’s atmosphere is bright and fun. But the markets aren’t just cheap and cheerful; they’re also home to emerging entrepreneurial talent.

Fashion Week exhibitors Dawn Raid Streetwear (the label donned by hip hop artists Mareko and the Deceptikonz), was first sold at the Otara Flea Market more than six years ago.

As you meander around the 250 plus stalls, Pacific Island music plays loudly, while the thick scent of Cook Island donuts, hot rewana bread, and Chinese pork buns hangs in the air.

Whether you’re after fresh fruit and vegetables, unique clothing, jewellery or Pacific Island crafts, the Otara Market is a penny pincher’s dream.

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