Riccarton Sunday Market: New Zealand’s largest outdoor Market​

Riccarton Sunday Market Stalls


Traffic Light — Red Guidelines

With the move to Red Traffic Light regulations, The Riccarton Market is happy to advise that we are able to open and operate however there will be some major changes with regards to the consumption of food in and around the market area.When purchasing all food, drink, ice creams, bakery goods you will be asked to show your Vaccine Passport. Without the Vaccine Passport, you will not be able to purchase from these stallholders.Any consumption of the above MUST be taken to the main Food Court Area.In summary, the main Food Court area is the place to take off your mask and enjoy your food/drinks/ice creams etc. When leaving the Food Court area, please put your mask back on. Mask Exemption rules apply.We will still have the market fenced off, QR code scanning and paper registration at all 3 entrances and masks are still mandatory.We thank you all for your support through these challenging times and look forward to the time when we are through all of this.​  

Traffic Light — Orange Guidelines

We confirm that as from Sunday 5th December 2021, we will be trading under the ORANGE Traffic regulations. This means that the one big change for The Riccarton Market is that now wearing of MASKS will be MANDATORY.The Riccarton Market will remain fenced off with 3 entrances which will be manned, with new signage and all carparks will be open.A little bit of trivia for you, since our reopening on the 26th September 2021 under Covid Delta Level 2 regulations, we have given away over 1,000 masks at our entrances, to ensure that we are complying with regulations.We have no limits on numbers of visitors however 1-metre social distancing is required between individuals and visiting bubbles.We encourage everyone to still scan QR codes and we will also have paper registrations for people who wish to register manually at all 3 entrances.The Health and Safety of everyone in The Riccarton Market is our number one priority and we appreciate everyone has a part to play in this also.We thank you all for your support of The Riccarton Market and ask everyone to be kind to one another through these very challenging trading times. 

Reopening Success!

A very big “THANK YOU” to everyone who supported our reopening on Sunday 26th September.Given that there is more public concern around the Covid Delta variant, the poor weather forecast and general confusion around the daylight savings change, we had a great reopening day.Just to let you know there were no issues at the front gate with registration – either by use of the QR code or by signing in and nearly all members of the public wore masks. There were few instances of “crowding” in the market area. And we have a plan if the social distancing does become an issue.After revising how things went last Sunday, we have come up with a few changes which we believe will assist the public with easier access to the market area. Revised Rules & Regulations:These are as follows:All 3 carparks will be reopened to the public.Disabled Carparking will revert to the side carpark where it is fully signed.Three entrances to the market will be manned by Rotarian Volunteers for scanning and registering as you enter. There will be 1 just before the Information Office, and 1 at each of Row K and Z entrances.We will still have people available for heavy objects e.g., boxes of plants; if a member of public is struggling to get them back to their vehicles. Please ask one of the volunteers on the entrances/exits and/or one of our staff for assistance.  We thank you all again for your support and look forward to getting back up and running, as we can, within the stricter regulations of Covid 19 Delta Level 2.P.S. Many people asked us what was different from the 19th to the 26th of September to enable us to reopen. Answer - The Riccarton Market had been reclassified by MBIE therefore we were able to have no limit on visitor numbers. A big shout out to MBIE for assisting us in reopening. 

Covid-19  Delta Update: Level 2 Reopening – 26 September

The Riccarton Market reopens this Sunday, 26th SeptemberWe are very excited to announce that after many discussions with authorities, we are able to reopen this Sunday with no limit on visitors. Rules & Regulations:We do have regulations, and these include:The market will be fully fenced with only two entrances: One for the public who come in off Racecourse Road, by the second set of double wooden gates, andOne for the Steadman Road residents where there will be a smaller entrance at the end of Row K, opposite the racetrack which will be clearly marked.MBIE have advised the following requirements to ensure we remain open:All visitors and Stallholders to wear masks unless you have an exemptionQR codes and paper manual registration at entrancesSanitise and wash your hands when applicable - we will have roaming volunteers with hand sanitisers and Stallholders will also have hand sanitisers on their stalls.The biggest regulation is the 2-metre social distancing rule. We will be monitoring this throughout the day and if we see that social distancing is becoming difficult to achieve, we will be temporarily halting more visitors entering the market, until some have left. So you may be asked to queue however we envisage these times will be few throughout the day. Parking: Parking – Main front carpark only.Disabled Parking in front of the Information Office – please look for the signs at the main entrance to the market and have your Card on display.For bulky or heavy purchases we will have staff/volunteers available to assist you back to your car. We can't wait to see everybody on Sunday and the Stallholders are also excited to be able to reopen.  Please remember to Be Kind to everyone as we are all in the same boat and these are difficult times to be trading.  We are just so happy to be able to reopen and Thank You for your patience.See you Sunday— Oh, and don't forget those shopping bags! You'll be needing those! 

Covid-19  Delta Update: Level 2

We have been in discussions with many authorities over the last few weeks, and they have confirmed that The Riccarton Market is classified as a large outdoor event.  Therefore there can only be 100 visitors at a time in the market.Due to the size of The Riccarton Market, 100 people at a time shopping and leaving, no catching up with stallholders etc, no entertainment and no seating available plus the volumes of our visitors, this is a considerable hurdle to have to overcome and regulate. The average time a visitor is in the market is approximately 1 hour. Our visitor numbers are averaging between 4,000 and 5,000 each Sunday at this time of year.With the continuation of Covid Delta Level 2 regulations, we must advise that we are unable to open. However please know that we are consulting and discussing our options on how we can reopen under the regulations, all the time.We are taking our approach from a Community point of view, as well as consideration for our Stallholders.  We wish to keep everyone safe and abide by the regulations. We understand the frustration this is causing our visitors and Stallholders however we really are stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Please know that we are equally as frustrated with not being able to operate.We thank you all for your patience while we work through these times and hope that there will be a relaxation on outdoor numbers in the very near future.Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for updates on our reopening date.We all hope that this will be sooner rather than later.– Kia Kaha, Stay Safe—The Riccarton Market Team 

Something For Everyone - The Riccarton Market​

Spend Your Sunday Supporting Local!The Riccarton Market truly has anything and everything you could ever think of. Their motto is "Something for Everyone and Everything for Someone".If you love to find a hidden gem, you'll have a huge range of unique treasures to choose from at the Riccarton Market. The Riccarton Market is one of the largest and longest-running markets, operating for 32 years with over 200 regular weekly vendors.The market is full of hardworking individuals passionate about their creations and products. With a range of impressive collections of keepsakes that you can't find anywhere else if you enjoy op-shopping and finding a bargain, this is the place for you. Situated out at Riccarton Racecourse, take a day out and stock your pantry with locally grown produce while supporting local growers and businesses.

Christmas Market Sunday 13th December 2020

 Father Christmas will be visiting The Riccarton Market on Sunday 13th December and we have a great line up of entertainment scheduled including:  Graham Wardrop, The Takumi Japanese Drummers, Kapa Haka group and the Caledonian Pipe Band.Fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers at awesome prices.  Honey, clothing, jewellery, giftware, NZ designed and made Arts and Crafts for all ages, plants, books, antiques and collectables, original artwork, bonsai trees, baking, food from all around the world to eat at the market or take away plus much, much more.So grab your family and friends and come out to The Riccarton Market, behind the Riccarton Racecourse.The Riccarton Market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday and has "Something for Everyone and Everything for Someone"​

Show Weekend Sunday 15th November​

 We have a great event planned to end Show Week with.On stage we will have Graham Wardrop, the Japanese Drummers and the Kapa Haka performers of Te Roopu Haka O Te Kotahitanga.Lily Peas Blossom will be face painting and spreading her fairy dust everywhere.The Honey Bee Hobbyists Club will have an educational stand for anyone interested in taking up bee keeping and there will be much, much more.So grab your family and friends and join us at The Riccarton Market, Riccarton Racepark, Sunday 15th November 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Something for Everyone and Everything for Someone

Covid-19  Update: Level 1

We welcome our entertainment back in Level 1 with Graham Wardrop on stage Sundays 27th September, 4th and 11th October.The Riccarton Market would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support of the market through these interesting times, particularly in Level 2.We are looking forward to a great busy Summer season and will have lots of new and exciting stalls joining us.The Riccarton Market has "Something for Everyone and Everything for Someone"Mark Sundays in the calendar to come and visit the market.See you there! 

Shovel guitars & musical tea towels at long-running Riccarton Sunday Market​

You never know what you might find at Christchurch’s Riccarton Sunday Market.A tea towel with an outline of Morrissey's glum face is framed by the words “To dry by your side is such a heavenly way to dry”. It is hung behind a box of collectable 45-inch records and a shovel that has been transformed into a guitar.On a recent warm Sunday afternoon, Paul Allen adjusted the tea towels in his new Rolling Retro Mobile Market van.Allen was involved in high-end rockabilly and retro markets around Australia, and for 30 years he and his wife, accomplished artist Jo, travelled annually to attend the Riccarton market. They moved to North Canterbury's Leithfield Beach permanently 18 months ago, and now Allen is a stallholder too.‘’Only two people in the world make the shovel guitar,’’ Allen said.''One of them is my mate, Adam Harrison. He runs  in the Blue Mountains and ships them over here. He makes cigar box ones, too.''Obligingly, Allen plugged the shovel in and The rock ‘n roll-themed tea-towels were the last lot made under the Plum Jam label in New Zealand, he said. Behind him, one reads “Never Mind the Dishes”.It's Allen’s first time as a stallholder at Riccarton. With an eye for rare records, toys and retro goods, he and his van will be at the Revamp Vintage Market on August 30 at the Wigram Air Force Museum, the Christchurch Art Gallery monthly Wednesday night market and, later this year, Rangiora Muscle Car Madness.

Covid-19  Update: Level 2

The Riccarton Market will be trading on Sundays 16th and 23rd August under Level 2 Covid 19 Restrictions.If there are any Government Level restrictions changes, we will follow these accordingly.The Riccarton Market will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Contract tracing will be in place - we will have a QR code available for people using the Government app.Updates on how we will operate:All parking will be at the front of the market. Carparking at the side and rear of the market will be for stallholders only.The disabled parking area will be opposite the Information Office.No seating will be available and there will be no buskers or entertainment in the Food Court area.We ask that if you are feeling unwell - stay at home.Hand sanitisers will be available throughout the market area.Please come to shop and allow as many visitors as possible to gain access to the market area.Social distancing is to 2 metres and our Rotary Volunteers will be helping on the day. We appreciate that these are difficult times to be trading and thank you all for your continued support.Please remember that buying local and supporting the stallholders of The Riccarton Market, means that stallholders will be doing happy dances and your support will continue out into the wider community.​

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.​

Got Wood?

Noel can be found at his stall at the Riccarton Market every Sunday!It was a utilitarian craft favoured by the ancient Egyptians and now, thanks to master crafters like Noel Graham, you can still own a piece of handcrafted, wood-turned art today for your pad.Noel, who can be found at his stall at the Riccarton Market every Sunday selling his wooden wares and clothing, turned what was a hobby into a living after retiring from teaching. Not that he’s turned his back on teaching altogether, Noel is doing his bit to ensure this age-old craft doesn’t disappear by co-writing a Certificate in Woodturning course for Aoraki Polytechnic in 2005 (now administered by the National Association of Woodworkers) and continues to teach modules for the Christchurch and North Canterbury Woodcraft Club.Collecting and milling the majority of the timbers in his work, Noel also enhances his wares – which range from elegant hollow vessels, finely turned ornaments and multi-axis works – with acrylic paint and patinas. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, he’ll happily take commissions.

Henrietta's Country Creams

A regular at the Riccarton Market since it opened!  Henrietta Rutherford-Jones has some serious experience in researching and creating natural skin care products. Her Country Creams range would never stoop to include any artificial nasties (such as parabens, preservatives, boric acid, fragrances, or a host of other chemical baddies); instead they incorporate natural and botanical ingredients such as Manuka honey, jasmine, lavender, citrus, and many other plant oils. Much of Henrietta’s knowledge of these botanicals is drawn from her mother’s rich Tongan/European background and her own frequent travels to India, which she travelled to for years as a volunteer for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta. Working out of her dual home/workspace of a converted historic church and Sunday school hall near Waimate, she heads to the Riccarton Market every Sunday to showcase her hand, face and body creams, moisturisers, perfumes, deodorants, massage oil/creams and lip balms, each of which are animal-cruelty free, and perfect for some everyday self-pampering .*This Article originally appeared in the May 2018 copy of CityScape

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Treasured Times

Handcrafted hats, scarves and shoulder shawlsMost Sundays at Riccarton Market you will find Sue sitting at site G12 and 13 spinning wool from Canterbury sheep. During the week, she knits her beautiful hand-spun yarn into a range of hats, scarves and shoulder shawls for sale at the stall. Sue’s handspun hats sell for $20, the scarves are $30, the merino shoulder shawls are $65.Barbara is an embroiderer and felter and sells a range of affordable handcrafted gifts. Among the best sellers are the catnip toys ($5 each). Felted or knitted, they’re filled with real, dried catnip. They will be an instant hit with your feline friends and the toys never lose their smell.


Over 200 Stalls—something for everyone in the family

Each week over 300 vendors are there selling a wide variety of goods, from fresh fruit and vegetables to secondhand goods, furniture clothing, art, plants and trees, and food

Join in the fun and fellowship with upwards of 10,000 others who make their shopping fun at the market

Relax in our new outdoor area and have your breakfast/lunch with friends and family while listening to music from local artists

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