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A market with a twist: The Gatewood Market

A family market tucked into the quaint village of Tai Tapu is growing each month; offering a child- (and dog) friendly atmosphere which doesn’t skimp on creativity. Just months old, the Gatewood Market has over 50 stalls and vendors.


Arranged in a circle around a cluster of trees which host a coffee cart, children’s’ arts and crafts area and live music the stalls offer bespoke jewellery, homewares, cuisine and décor.

Browse the stalls while enjoying live music and fare like sandwiches, waffles, and woodfired bagels. Or, sit amongst the shade of trees on the provided picnic rugs and hay bales, or bring your own rug.

On the Woodgate family property, the Woodgate and Mckenzie families organise the entire affair themselves, and strive to create a homely, relaxed and vibrant community market.
Since its inception in February, the market has attracted a strong following of locals and abroad who enjoy the breadth of its offerings.

The next market, on December 20, is going to be even more special than usual – with a bouncy castle, pony rides and face painting.

Held the third Sunday of every month in spring and summer, the Gatewood Market is at 788 Old Tai Tapu Rd, next to the Tai Tapu Hotel, from 10am to 2pm.

Check it out on Facebook.


It must be fête! (St John Ashburton)

What started as an offer of a stroll through six hectares of spectacular gardens now includes a fête with more than 60 stalls and live entertainment. This inaugural event for Ashburton St John will raise funds for its community health initiatives and local services.


Hosted by Sue and Ted Rollinson at their Awaroa School Road property near Rakaia, the fête includes cuisine offerings and live entertainment – including a cooking demonstration by local chef, caterer and former Masterchef finalist Chantelle Quinn.

The boutique stalls offer a range of unique, artisan and New Zealand made eco-products including clothing and accessories, garden plants and supplies, furniture, arts and crafts, jewellery, beauty products, giftware and gourmet food and wine.

Tickets include admission and an opportunity to explore the acres of gardens and meandering boardwalk through native forests.

Tickets can be purchased on, or from a variety of locations. Call 03 308 7132 or check the St John Ashburton Facebook page for details.