Covid-19  Update: 18th may 2020

Great news … we will be reopening The Riccarton Market on SUNDAY 31st MAYThere will be significant changes in the market layout, specifically with the public carparking.All members of public are asked to utilise the front carpark, as there will be no traffic/carparking around the market during market day.We will be operating one entry/exit only.We will be contact tracing all staff, volunteers, stallholders and members of public, for Covid 19 requirements only.If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home.There will be volunteers roaming the market with hand sanitisers.Please come to shop only, as gatherings and lingering are still not permitted under Covid 19 Level 2.  We will be operating one in, one out when we reach capacity.  Your assistance is much appreciated as we hope to keep queuing to a minimum timeframe, so that everyone has a pleasant outing at The Riccarton Market.On behalf of all of the stallholders, Market Management and staff, and The Riccarton Rotary Charitable Trust, we thank you all for continuing to support The Riccarton Market and the community.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 31st May.Remember … behind every market sale a small business is doing a “happy dance”​

COVID-19  Level 2 Update

We trust that you have all managed within your ‘bubble’ over recent weeks. A hard time for everyone and especially all of you who have had your income severely impacted by Levels 4 and 3 lockdown restrictions.The Riccarton Market has not been able to operate during Levels 4 and 3 lockdown, and we now know that under the initial Level 2 restrictions, we still can’t reopen. Gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, are limited to a maximum of 100 people.In the Prime Ministers, words ‘Covid-19 loves crowds’.It is simply impossible for The Riccarton Market to operate under this limitation. It is important to recognise that historically there would have been around 150 people within the market (staff and stallholders) before any member of the public entered. It is indicated that these restrictions, along with many others, may be reviewed as Level 2 settles in.We understand that many people will be missing their “Sunday visit” and we encourage anyone who would like to contact a stallholder, please send us a message through the “Contact” button on our website and we will endeavour to reunite you.The Riccarton Market has been recognised as an icon of Christchurch. It is the largest charity market in New Zealand and one of the largest weekly markets in New Zealand.  We thank you all for your continued support of the market to date and look forward to seeing everyone back in The Riccarton Market post-Covid 19.


He waka eke noaWe are all in this togetherWow, how the landscape has changed over the last few weeks.We know from our Stallholders and regular visitors to The Riccarton Market, that we are all missing sharing our Sundays together.  Hopefully (all our fingers and toes are crossed) it will not be tooooooo long before we all get to see each other.Like everyone we are in the throws of a new routine.  Virtual dinners together are a “new” novelty where we join up via our devices on video chats, “ooh” and “aah” at what everyone else has cooked for dinner and share stories, whilst eating our dinner.   The stories often ending up as a confession of whether we’ve actually managed to do the dusting … or not … the same dusting that we’ve been going to do for the last few days but just hadn’t got around to it !!The now Nationwide Bear Hunt has been a favourite and apparently there are now even Bears in parked cars – keep your eyes out for those ones.  They’re desperate to go out and find some honey.The Riccarton Market thanks you all for your support over the years and we would just like to leave this thought for when we do get back up and running …Remember, when you buy from a small business, a real person does a happy dance.Stay safe everybody​


In accordance with the Government instructions with regards to large public gatherings during the global Coronavirus pandemic, The Riccarton Market has been postponed.  This postponement will remain in place until such time as the Government gives the all-clear to such events.This has been a difficult decision, as it is acknowledged that Stallholders are reliant on the market for their income and that several thousand visitors each Sunday come for their purchases and for their entertainment.  However, the market must do everything it can to protect the health of its clients and its staff.The Riccarton Market, which is operated by the Rotary Club of Riccarton, has been going for over 30 years and has only ever closed due to weather conditions.  Even after the 2011 earthquakes, the market remained open to provide support for Christchurch residents.But this situation is quite different.  Fighting the unseen virus that is sweeping the world requires the avoidance of large crowds of people in close proximity to others.  And the market must play its role in helping its community.The Riccarton Market is extremely grateful for the public support it receives each Sunday and we look forward to welcoming everyone back as quickly as possible.Please keep visiting our website for updates.​

30th Year Anniversary Celebrations

A great day was had by all on the 28th October with car displays by the Mustang Car Club and the Harley Davidson Bike Club.  Local entertainment on stage included the Te Kotahitanga Kapahaka Group, the Takumi Japanese Drumming Group and the Caledonian School Pipe Band to name a few.The Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel had the honour of cutting the Birthday cake with Ross Binning (then Chairman of the Market Operations Committee) and Eduardo from the Rotary Club of Riccarton.  As the Mayor said, the past, present and future of the market cutting the cake.  Tim Mills from the Canterbury Jockey Club also spoke and acknowledged the time that The Riccarton Market has been a part of the scene at the Riccarton Racecourse.Over the last 30 years, the Rotary Club of Riccarton has given back to the Community (both here in Christchurch and Internationally) over $3,000,000 as a direct result of surpluses raised through The Riccarton Market.  Not bad for a project that started out from a few Rotarians with their secondhand goods off a trailer all those years ago !!​

Jaguar Car Club

Sunday 7th October saw a very impressive display from the local Jaguar Car Club along with their very own—equally impressive—St John Ambulance​


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