The vibrancy of this market that comes alive every Saturday is a must-experience if visiting this region. Make sure you reserve a hotel in Rotorua in order to explore this bustling market hub in peace. A preferred Rotorua hotel of many who wander this way is Millennium Hotel Rotorua, an amiable place known for its sense of hospitality and outstanding elegance. Every Saturday from 7 am to 10 pm, the market floods with over 3000 shoppers, some of them starry-eyed travellers who had been lured in by the loud cultural splash that symbolises the place while others go about bargain hunting, haggling over the prices with hearty vendors. One can find all sorts of things in here – from fresh fruits and vegetables, fast food, arts and crafts, plants to candy and bread, one is truly spoilt for choice here. This fascinating flea market is conducted by the Rotorua North Rotary while all the fee proceedings go towards projects in the community and charitable groups.

Jayani Senanayake is a writer who dabbles in travel and all things exotic. Under the pseudonym of Calliope Sage, she writes of the allures that must simply be discovered.