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Where’s the best night market in Auckland?

Of course, the best night markets are in Pakuranga. But I would say that as I am a local. Here are my two cents about my recent visit and culinary experience.

Every Saturday night, the cars are banished from the Countdown Carpark’s dark basement to make way for a popular community event. It’s the night markets at Pakuranga Plaza!
Not being held during lockdown has made it a popular place for locals to try contemporary cuisine, catch up with family members and try on some “guccis.”

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Now there is a point to this blog: I wanted to give a happy thank you to Dashing Pig Kitchen. I am an avid night market attendee, but I hadn’t seen this stall before. Ten years in Japan have taught me not to be afraid to try new types of food. So I dragged my poor man friend Keith over to the stall with me. I ordered the Pork Chop Bun (see above), and while I was waiting, I sampled the curry and the pork and eggplant soup. My samples were delicious; I hadn’t had this combination before. In the back of the stall, I could see my pork chop bun being prepared. I was not disappointed by the size and small salad with the fried pork and fresh roll. The sauce was rich with a hint of coriander and a little bit of spice. I finished mine off with my favourite bubble tea but don’t let my recommendation stop you.


There is a myriad of drinks and desserts to tempt your tastebuds. It’s a fun, noisy & hot environment; it feels a little bit back street Tokyo with a hint of Pacific Island market thrown in.

Pakuranga Night Market Map
Open 5:30 pm- 12:00 am Every Saturday

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