The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

Shabby, funky, loud and un­apolo­getic. Frank­ton lays claim to be­ing one of the old­est and brownest sub­urbs in Hamil­ton and is the best place to buy meat in the city (Frank­ton Butch­ery, 118 Com­merce Street). On a Satur­day morn­ing the place is crammed with street sell­ers tout­ing T-shirts, wa­ter­cress and fluffy slip­pers. Reg­gae blasts the eardrums.

Kids run loose while mums and dads sell hot­dogs for the rugby club. The mar­ket has been run­ning for al­most 30 years. When there was a move to close it down two years ago (con­ges­tion af­fect­ing a re­tailer’s trade) the city roared with one voice: “No!” A com­pro­mise was reached, shift­ing the mar­ket away from the main drag, where it con­tin­ues to draw thou­sands every week. Com­merce Street, 8am-1pm Satur­days, vis­ithamil­ shop­ping-and-din­ing/mar­kets/frank­ton-mar­kets

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