Dancing dragons, movie markets, mid winter Christmas, petting zoo, pirate parties……the list goes on.
If you’re looking for ways to fill in the upcoming winter weekends, look no further than the Hobbs Wharf Markets at Gulf Harbour, every Sunday from 10am to 2pm.
It’s well worth a Sunday trip to the Hobbs Wharf markets and cafe as the place is quickly becoming the heart of a developing new community.
Last year the market was closed during winter as the buildings were moved down to their current location next to the beach.
This year it’s all go, and cafe/ market manager Angela Gallagher is excited about the winter and says there is something for all ages.
The colourful new buildings look fantastic next to the water and boats, with a lovely outlook over the wharf on one side, and the beach on the other.
The exquisite site is now regularly used for weddings, and is suitable for other functions and events.
Every week at the market there is something new and different going on. You just need to reguarly check their website – hobbswharf.co.nz, or Facebook.com/HobbsWharfMarket to find out what’s happening.
The range of stalls is impressive, includes delicious foods like cheese and salmon, Pukeko bakery, chinese dumplings, hot donuts, and the cafe serves classic Kiwi favourites such as bacon butties and corn fritters.
There’s also a variety of arts and crafts, fruit and vegetables and clothing stalls.
As Angela, a mother of three, rightly says, if the children are entertained, the parents are happy.
The market takes place rain or shine, as the stalls are all under-cover. Dogs are also welcome.
Vegetables from the impressive vegetable garden are used for meals in the cafe kitchen and also sold in the vegetable stall.
Planning is well underway for the new marina berths right next to the market, so people can bring their boats, park up, indulge in a coffee and peruse the markets.
Angela has planned a range of activities and entertainment for the market, and says new stall-holders are always welcome.
The cafe is also open during the week from 9am to 5pm.