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'The River Traders' is Whanganui's weekly Market by the River and operates on an historic section of downtown riverbank used by early Maori as a trading site.

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City River Bank P O Box 333 Wanganui
(06) 343 9795

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  • "The River Traders" Market - Every Saturday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm, rain or shine!

    An historic element of early Whanganui is re-enacted each Saturday morning as stalls are set up alongside the downtown reaches of the Whanganui River ready for a busy mornings trading. Fast becoming known as one of the best in New Zealand, as many as one hundred stalls combine to ensure a diverse range of products are on show.

    Appropriately named ‘ The River Traders’, this popular weekend attraction is located in an area of riverbank recorded in history as a busy riverside trading site for local Maori, and recognising this, the access to the area was named by early European settlers as Market Place.

    Enterprising people from our region are proud to be continuing this tradition as they set up in the first light of Saturday mornings, with the misty Whanganui River as their backdrop.

    As 9 am approaches visitors to this riverside market are greeted with a wide and varied range of artists, craftworks, fresh cut flowers, garden plants and products together with traditional baking and regional produce.
    A wide variety of food products feature on ‘The Growers Green’, in the centre of the market.

    Delicious juicy pears sit alongside rewena bread and a flax weaver, salamis next to new seasons jams and preserves, and healthy fresh vegetables from the local organic growers group are complemented by free range eggs and traditional baking.
    The smells of freshly baked bread and fresh coffee fill the air accompanied by the sounds of local musicians who compete with the sounds of this busy marketplace.

    The urban area of Whanganui is surrounded by fertile river flats and hill-country farmland which have traditionally provided the district with its wealth. Watch for our new ‘Whanganui Farmers Market’ section where growers and producers will be offering both locals and visitors the best of our region. This section is a certified authentic Farmers Market.

    Saturdays in Whanganui are not complete anymore unless a visit to the friendly atmosphere of The River Traders ‘Whanganui’s Market by the River’ is included.

    Whanganui artists and crafts people also have a variety of imaginative and creative products on display together with the range of traditional market offerings.
    Opening Hours: 9am till 1pm every Saturday rain or shine.
    Directions: On the Riverbank alongside the Riverboat Waimarie in downtown Whanganui.


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