10 Markets in Wellington for Shopping: Speciality & Location

Markets in Wellington

Wellington Night Market, Harbourside Market, Vegan Value, Wellington underground market, Thomson farmers market, Riverbank market, Porirua night market, Wellington Sea market, Porirua Saturday market.

The bustling lanes of markets in Wellington will undoubtedly turn out to be a paradise for shopaholics. Loaded with tourists every hour of the day, these markets make sure that whoever visits them finds the best deals and souvenirs. Starting from the Wellington special night market to the unique vegan market, you can enjoy different cultures.

Not only can you find various New Zealand memorable souvenirs in these markets, but also you can relish the freshness of organic foods grown on the farms. You can even enjoy foods from various cuisines, be it an Ethiopian platter or the vegan cheese pasta. Various Wellington markets like Harbourside Market and the Vegan Value follow eco friendly trends, thus offering better dietary choices.

For the shoppers who want to indulge in this activity late at night, the Wellington Night Market is a must visit spot for them. From handicrafts to metal items, many things can be found here at a bargain price. Above all, one thing is for sure that all these markets will offer the visitors with a rewarding shopping experience.

Here is the list of some best markets in Wellington:

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Wellington Night Market

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No place will be as right as the Welling night market to enjoy traditional cuisines and New Zealand culture. Here, you can enjoy shopping for various souvenirs throughout the week and savor the flavors of exotic dishes from different cuisines.

Every Friday and Saturday, the market organizes cultural events to entertain the tourists and civilians and arrange unique words. The Wellington night market is full of life, and hence, visiting this place during your stay is a must.

Location: Cuba Street, Wellington, New Zealand

Highlights: Food stalls for vegetarian, non-vegetarian, and gluten-free foods, various global cuisines including Japanese, Italian, Thai, and others.

Harbourside Market

The Harborside market is one of the oldest markets in Wellington. Here, you can buy several items like plates of seafood. The farm produced vegetables and fruits, homemade cheese, freshly baked foods, delicious ice creams, gourmet foods, etc.

It has started eco-friendly shopping trends by selling reusable bags which you can use for shopping. So, if you are concerned about your health and want fresh and organic foods, the Harbourside market is the ideal place.

Location: Center of Cable St. and Barnett St, Wellington, New Zealand

Highlights: Home garden vegetables, gluten savories, Cambodian food, Chinese dumplings, gourmet dog treats, Bavarian hotdogs, French cheese, Dutch donuts, and Shiitake mushrooms

Vegan Value

Even though this place opens up during the evening, it is one of Wellington markets. The market timing usually remains between 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Music and entertainment are arranged for the tourists and locals.

But, you will need an entry ticket for watching the entertainment programs. Even though the market is all vegan, you wouldn’t have to worry too much about the costs.

Location: Aro Valley Community Center, Wellington, New Zealand

Highlights: vegan wraps, vegetable cheese, and tofu, sweet dishes, vegan fish and chips, Ethiopian vegan platter, BBQ seitan bao, sushi

Wellington Underground Market

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We have always seen markets are located above the soil. However, this particular place is located underneath, thereby making it one of the best Wellington markets. The interior is decorated with different lights, enhancing the market's beauty and appeal to the visitors.

The market has so many visitors, especially on Saturday, that you won't even see their faces correctly. Various artisans, bakers, food restaurants, and several other stalls are present here. The expected work timing of the market stalls is from 10 am to 4 pm.

Location: Frank Kitts underground car park, Wellington, New Zealand

Thomson Farmers Market

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The Thomson Farmer's place is one of Wellington's best markets where you can enjoy the local products grown in the areas in close vicinity. The usual timing of the market is from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

The main motto of the market is to promote the local businesses as well spreading words about sustainability.

Location: Hill St Car park of Cathedral of St Paul, Thordon, Wellington, New Zealand

Highlights: Fix and Fogg peanut butter from A Taste of Welly, Gluten-free burgers and sausages from Apple Quarters, Wairarapa olive oils from Bella Olea, exotic blueberries from Blueberry Fields Forever, and others.

Riverbank Market

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If you are looking for Wellington markets for buying fresh food items, no other place will be as right as the Riverside Market. It's an open market with colorful stalls being lined up on both sides.

Several stalls are present in the open also where you can enjoy the heat of Wellington. Apart from the foodstuffs, you can also find several clothing stalls along with artisan shops.

Location: Hutt Valley, Wellington, New Zealand

Highlights: Fresh meat, cooked and raw, farm-grown fruits, organic vegetables, the wide variety of plates of seafood, fresh bakery food items, local clothes, savory dishes, and food trucks to enjoy the street foods

Porirua Night Market

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Porirua is one of the best places where you can have fun in the Wellington markets, and luckily, the Porirua Night Market has been able to place its name on the list.

Even though the market is famous for New Zealand delicacies and several souvenirs, you cannot ignore the excitement which comes with the cultural events being held in this market during the nighttime. The usual timing for this market is from 5 pm to 8:30 pm every day.

Location: Cobham Court, Porirua-Mana, Wellington, New Zealand

Highlights: inflatable soccer ring, Welling Food Truck Collective for some delightful street foods, both savories and sweets, SNAG golf games, kids games, and so on.

Wellington Sea Market

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One of the best non-vegetarian markets in Wellington is the Sea Market, where you will get a variety of fresh seafood plates, like oysters, scallops, sea fishes, squids, and so on.

You will also get the fishes and other seafood items wholesale, and hence, this market is considered relatively cheap in Wellington. The fishes found here are preserved in salt and ice, which prevents decaying, and therefore, you will get fresh meat.

Location: Cuba Street and High Street, Wellington, New Zealand

Highlights: Fillet fish, fresh sea oysters, different sized scallops, Silver Warehou, John Dory, Gurnard, Groper, Salmon, Hoki, Bluenose, Blue Warehou, and Blue cod

Porirua Saturday Market

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Out of the various markets in Wellington, the Porirua Saturday market is quite popular and always visited by most tourists during their New Zealand trips. It starts from 4 am in the early morning and continues till noon. It is one of the markets with the most extended duration.

Even though the timings seem odd, it does not remain empty, even in the early morning. The market is famous for Asian and Polynesian cultures, which is one of the main reasons tourists and locals love it.

Location: Waitangirua Shopping Mall, Porirua City, Wellington, New Zealand

Highlights: Asian foods, clothes, artifacts, Pacific Island music events, fresh produce stalls

People Also Ask About Wellington

  1. Which are the best night markets in Wellington?

    1. Wellington Night Market: One of Wellington's best night markets is the "Wellington night market." Here, you will be able to savor the beautiful delicacies of various cuisines and get to know more about the New Zealand culture through various artifacts like metal status, art and craft items, wooden furniture units, and so on.

    2. Vegan Value: This is the only market in Wellington that sells all-vegan foods and raw elements. The shop usually remains open between 6 and 9 at night, attracting many tourists. Here, you will find some vegan take popular meat dishes, including Ethiopian platters, vegan fish and chips, vegan burritos, and so on.

    3. Porirua night market: This particular night market is well-known for world-class foods and inflatable soccer and golf games. Here, several kids' activities are arranged within the need to provide cultural entertainment to the tourists. The Wellington Food Truck Collective is the main attraction of the area.
  2. What are the best things to buy from the markets in Wellington?

    1. Showpieces and craftworks: Kura Gallery is one of the famous places in Wellington from where you can buy several kinds of artworks like wooden statues, paintings, metal works, and so on.

    2. Kiwi jewelry: this is a specialty of several Wellington markets. These jewelry pieces are made from kiwi plant parts and have a special charm that can't be ignored. You will look more beautiful wearing these

    3. New Zealand chocolates: If you are looking to fill your bag with some delicacies, nothing will be as good as the special New Zealand chocolates. They are available in different forms and flavors, which will spike your cravings for this sweet treat

    4. Ceramic: and glassware: You will find some exotic-looking ceramic and glassware objects in several shops throughout Wellington. You can buy ceramic cutleries, different colored glass vases, ceramic pots, and so on. These will be a nice addition to your home décor.
  3. What are the timings of the Harbourside market?

    One of the famous markets present in Wellington is the Harbourside market, located right beside the famous Wellington Harbor. This market opens only on Sundays every weekend. In the summer seasons, the market timing is from 7:30 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon. For winters, it is from 7:30 am to 1 pm.
  4. What is the best time to visit Wellington?

    New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, and hence the country experiences an opposite climatic pattern compared to the rest world. So, if you want to enjoy Wellington's warmth and bask in the glory of seaside heat, Autumn will be the best time to visit the city. The season starts during March and will last till May.
  5. How to reach the Harbourside market?

    The Harbourside market is located at just a 3 minute walk away from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. You can easily find local transportation to the museum, followed by covering the remaining distance by walking.
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