Hit the mar­kets

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

Some­thing magic hap­pens every Satur­day in Matakana. Peo­ple ap­pear from thin air, pro­duce dis­ap­pears and shop­ping bags seem bot­tom­less as they are crammed with ar­ti­san prod­ucts. The Matakana Vil­lage Farm­ers’ Mar­ket is an in­sti­tu­tion and draws crowds from a long dis­tance away. Dur­ing the sum­mer, car parks are stalked and traded like rare gems and the line for the ATM snakes be­tween the heav­ing crowds of shop­pers. Even on a cold win­ter morn­ing, a steady stream of loyal mar­ket fans brave the chill to get their weekly stores.

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