Hundreds of people turned out for the inaugural Kiwi Night Market in Tauranga City at the weekend in an event organisers say is set to continue.
About 60 stallholders opened their stalls to hungry and excited punters who packed the Elizabeth Street car park from 5pm at the first night market on Saturday.
The first Tauranga night markets were held at the Elizabeth Street carpark on Saturday night.
Organiser Ross Rumble is “very pleased” with the turnout for the first event and expects it will build as the days get longer and the nights get lighter.
“It went great for the first night. Good turnout, great stalls and entertainment.
“As it warms up and daylight saving kicks in it will just run later and later.”
For the peckish there was everything from Thai food to Crazy Chicken, German sausages and dim sims, to more Kiwiana favourites like whitebait fritters and mussel madness.
People wanting to take a night time browse were kept busy with a range of stalls from arts, crafts and commodities.
Ross says the atmosphere was “fantastic” with crowds entertained by live music.
“The feedback was great, a lot of vendors were happy and the public were saying ‘this is just what Tauranga needs – more things to do on a Saturday night’.”
The night markets ran until 10pm and Ross says the stall holders were packed up and gone by 11pm.
“There were still people showing up later, but not in the volumes as earlier on. People are still learning there is something on at that time.”
The Kiwi Night Markets will run every Saturday night from now throughout summer.