Rotorua Night Market
Thursday4:30 – 8:30 pm.
Every Thursday from 5:00pm - 9:00pm the heart of Rotorua town centre comes alive with music, food, crafts, and plenty of people thanks to the weekly Night Market. It’s a festive atmosphere thanks to the lively comings and goings of locals and visitors, making the most of fitting in as many dumplings, doughnuts, burritos and burgers as possible in one easy place. A variety of ethnic cuisines (including Croatian, Indian, French patisseries, handmade Italian pasta and of course local kai) are all on offer here, and while you’re snacking you can pull up a chair to a shared table and be entertained by local musicians.
When you’ve filled up on food, it’s definitely worth perusing the art, craft and clothing stalls too - some of the best local makers come here to sell their wares, and there’s nothing quite like chatting to the person responsible for making your new mittens, beanie, soap or satchel.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
Near Rotorua Night Market
Pig & Whistle
1182 Tutanekai Street
Pull up a pew, grab a cold beer, and enjoy the atmosphere of a place that just gets hospitality through and through.
1123 Pukuatua Street, Hillcrest
Bowls of hot sticky rice, thick udon noodles and hot miso broth sound like your kind of thing? Then you best get yourself down to Yamoto.
1181 Eruera Street
Capers is a fail-safe place to settle in for a brunch, lunch, dinner or simply a coffee and newspaper session.
3010/1106 Tutanekai Street
With a menu designed to share, it pays to come here with a kind-hearted group, who won’t mind you digging your fork into a dish on their side of the table.