Blueskin Community Market
Dunedin and the wider area is fortunate to have a number of strong markets offering great food, coffee, produce and arts and craft. The Blueskin Community Market which is held on the first Sunday of every month in Waitati village has a strong community feel is well worth a visit or becoming a regular excursion. The market is held behind Gallery on Blueskin and overlooks the bay. This is a relaxed and friendly affair and makes for a great day trip for people from Dunedin or for locals to get some fresh produce. Stallholders come from as far as Balclutha and Oamaru each month.
Among of the numerous stalls, you can find pre-loved books, beautiful old glass bottles, art prints, plants, kids toys, produce, hot coffee, food and coffee. The snacks range from pakoras, tasty fried potato slices on a stick, avocado and chocolate mousse, curries, a range of homemade jams and sauces. Several people are also selling spray-free organic produce.
We were witness to 'slow-art' as described by the creators of a hut located in the centre of the market space. The natural structure was being constructed by weaving a number of lancewood scrubs together. We were told this piece began over five years ago when the trees were first planted.
Once you have had a wander around all the stalls head across the road to the Blueskin Nursery & Cafe for lunch. The cafe's chorizo and prawn dish served in a clay pot with hot buttered ciabatta is highly recommended. The cabinet food is equally delightful with the bacon bagel being a winner. Choose to sit inside or outside in the sun surrounded by all the nursery's amazing plant life. arketM
Once you've filled your belly take a short drive along to Doctors Point beach and see if you can spot any blue penguins and other wildlife that lives in the area. Alternatively you could head to Orokonui Ecosanctuary and spend time in the only place on the mainland in the South Island where native birds, animals and insects can live predator free.
This is a perfect Sunday outing. Enjoy some light snacks, coffee and get your fresh produce for the week. Go and grab a delicious lunch at the nursery prior to seeing some of New Zealand's most precious wildlife all within a short driving distance from the city.