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Wellington Night Markets

by Greg Bodnar on October 17, 2012 in Events, Photography

Before heading out on vacation, I started planning for a nice photo-post of the Wellington Night Markets. I was dead keen to get it photographed and written before heading home, but in my desperation, I failed to string words together. So, this time I’m skipping the words and getting on with it. Better late than never, right?

August 2012, Nikon F80 / Kodak Portra 400

I’m a big fan of street food, especially stuff you can nibble on while moving

August 2012, Nikon F80 / Kodak Portra 400

The Mexican shop hot chocolate tastes great, but is hard to photograph in the dark. Luche libre masks are much easier.

August 2012, Nikon F80 / Kodak Portra 400

Before the crowds comes the frantic set-up. It wasn’t actually frantic. Some of the booths stayed empty for an hour or two.

August 2012, Nikon F80 / Kodak Portra 400

The queue for this spicy soup was huge. This appeared to be the crowd favourite on the night.

August 2012, Nikon FM2 / Ilford HP5+

Nothing says “night market” like little lanterns.

What do people think of the markets? Best food? Best bargain? Does anyone actually buy anything at the “craft” stalls?


Greg Bodnar

Part-time public transport evangelist and part-time vodka snob, with a bit of time left over to be a referee for Richter City Roller Derby.

Tom October 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Chimney cakes! And there’s a salami stall there with some fresh and very spicy salamis. I’ve also bought weird old glassware in the vintage/junk shop near the back.

Not so sure about the concept of open-air karaoke. There’s something just wrong about doing karaoke when sober.

Greg Bodnar October 18, 2012 at 7:16 am

I thought the belly dancers from Indeja made for much better entertainment. Sadly, I didn’t have the light to make that work. I need to try to catch up with them again and be better prepared.

Pete October 18, 2012 at 6:13 am

The venison is my favourite but the Mexican donut-thingies are good too and +1 for the Karaoke is wrong sentiment.

EricColbert October 31, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I love attenging night markets, especially when there’s good food out there to be eaten in the chilly evenings! Best part about it is seeing what kind of knick knacks people pull out from their storage rooms to sell. You can really find some pretty interesting pieces if you look hard enough at the little stalls and I dare say I’ve found quite a number of nice display items while I was at it!

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