Driving along Tamaki Drive to the city, bright spinnakers sprinkled the inner harbour like M&Ms, a gentle gusty breeze urging them towards Rangitoto Island and beyond. As the sun twinkled on the water a sudden realisation the sunblock had been forgotten yet again; let’s hope there is some shade at our destination.
Around the corner, under the motorway overpass the entrance to Victoria Park Market was jammed with pedestrians – some curious tourists (their accents gave them away), some locals out for a stroll and many, like us manifesting a carpark and with high hopes the new market would live up to our expectations.
Laidback music filtered through the crowd – we soon discovered Anika Moa playing a set in the courtyard. The labyrinth of walkways was studded with stalls from artisan crafts to flowers, vintage antiques, fashion jewellery and clothing, to sweet and savoury foodie delights.
Brought to you by the team behind Little Big Events, the legendary Vic Park Markets (facebook page) are back, every Saturday 9am – 2pm at 210 Victoria Street West. While on-street parking is available, catching the link bus might be a good option too.
So if you’re looking for somewhere to meet friends on a Saturday morning, indulge in some tasty treats or simply get your Christmas shopping underway, followed by lunch at one of the many permanent cafes and restaurants, make Victoria Park Market your meeting place next weekend.
Fancy sipping on a cider, tucking into a pie, paella or freshly made crumpet? Or are you in need of a sweet pick me up for now or later? A post on the foodie delights of Vic Park Markets will be up on the blog later in the week.