Hi Rikki, are you coming to Golden Bay? I cycled by some roadside stalls today selling huge punnets of raspberries near Takaka. Wouldn't be a heap of calories but they looked beautiful. There is also a small market in town on Fridays and a bigger one on Saturdays that both sell organic fruit. The biggest one is in Nelson every Saturday so that would probably work out best for you if you are there by then. Hope you are feeling better soon!
If you come down to Otago the Central Otago area is full of stone fruit orchards and most have roadside stalls or shops or even pick your own for cheap. Lots of cherries, apricots, peaches, plums with apples and pears a bit later. a fruity bonanza at this time of year. Keep your eyes open as you travel around, many small farmers sell from stalls with just an honesty box and a hand painted sign at the gate at this time of the year throughout NZ. I'm in Dunedin and we have several good fruit and vege shops that often sell the ripest fruit for cheap in boxes at the back of the shop.
Wellington has fruit and vege markets every sunday at the waterfront (wakefield St. Opposite the New World Supermarket). To find Organic food you are best to walk through all the stalls to the waterfront and turn right on the path over a teeny tiny bridge, and on the right will be a building that looks dark inside but has a gourmet market inside. Wairarapa Eco Farms have a stall inside http://wefs.co.nz/csa-join I imagine you could visit them too if you are a little further north and over the rimutaka hills.
If these guys are open this year they have amazing organic blueberries maybe 45min north of Wellington, a little cafe, some blackberries and a sweet swimming spot. There is another blueberry farm (can't remember the name) which is on the opposite side of the same driveway so you could try there too. http://www.blueberryfarm.co.nz/
Enjoy the summer, I miss it!
thanks everyone for all your help! I am home now and surrounded by fruits again :)
I definitely struggled with finding the right choices on holiday. anytime we were near a market it was the wrong day of the week or we missed it (drove from punakaiki to nelson excited for the market but It was over before we made I to town) often pak n save was our only shopping option due to travel times/activities all day and the bananas I bought were bruising and spoiling before even getting close to ripe! thankfully a few of our hotels had cooking facilities so I was able to have pasta or potatoes some nights but overall I was undercarbed a lot of my holiday!
next trip I plan I will have my food planned out and organised ahead of time!!
thanks for all your great advice I did get some beautiful stone fruits from the stalls on the side of the road :)