River Traders Farmers Market

Sat 9:00am – 1:00pm

If you’re still in any doubt over the sense of community and connection in Whanganui, you need only head on down to the local Farmers Market on Saturdays to have those doubts abolished. Set up next to the meandering river, the area was used historically by Maori who also gathered to trade and compare goods, so it seems only right that this tradition continues.

Come the start of the weekend, you can find over 100 stalls and as many cheerful stallholders who come every Saturday at the crack of dawn to set up shop and display their bestest brightest produce or wares. Paintings, candles, jewellery, bird feeders and pallet furniture are just some of the many talented crafts on offer, while anything from fruit and vege, breakfast bowls, pizza, muffins and bread should be enough to keep the hunger pains at bay whilst you roam the alleys of the market. From ham rolls to handmade slices, eat here at one of the many al fresco dining spots set up, or fill your baskets and bags with groceries for the week.

Buskers keep spirits high, and add to the colourful hustling, bustling atmosphere where people of every age and background are happy to amble along and soak up a little bit of market goodness. Dogs are welcome here too, there’s pooches of every shape and size, although don’t be surprised if they end up guiding you over to the dog-treat stall…

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs