New Zealand is a fantastic destination for food and drink lovers the world over. With lots of local agriculture and horticulture industries, there’s a ready source of fresh, world-class ingredients on hand. These are used to create a range of different foods that you can enjoy as simple takeaway or cafe fare, or at a higher end establishment prepared by talented chefs. Some dishes are unique to New Zealand, while others are unique for the quality with which they’re made here. Whatever your tastes are, you’re sure to find a dish that piques your interest.
- New Zealand produces wines that are famous throughout the world, particularly the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Wine districts include Hawke’s Bay in the North Island, and Canterbury, Marlborough and Otago in the south. Long hours of sunshine coupled with good soil quality produces grapes that have a distinct flavour and are extremely high quality. Enjoy a wine tour or simply pick up a bottle at the supermarket if you aren’t in the area.
Tearooms. All across New Zealand – commonly clustered along main highways – are tearoom style cafes where you can stop for a cup of tea or coffee as well as a Kiwi specialty – the pastry case. Pikelets with jam and cream, sausage rolls, lamingtons and scones are among the beloved New Zealand classics, perfect for morning or afternoon tea while on the road.
Seafood. As an island country, it’s only natural that New Zealand has abundant amounts of fresh and delicious seafood. Kaikoura in particular is famous for this (the town name means “food from the sea”) and famous Kiwi fare includes mussels, crayfish, snapper and blue cod. Anywhere you can stop along the coastline is likely to have a seafood restaurant with local and recently caught fish on offer. There are also many salmon farms throughout the country, offering freshwater fish as well.
Fish and Chips. If you want a truly local seafood experience, fish and chips are the way to go. Available in corner shops (as well as more upscale restaurants) throughout the country, the deep-fried fare is simple and tasty, though not entirely healthy.
- Infamous for dividing opinions, Marmite is a locally produced yeast spread that you will either love or hate. Regardless it’s worth trying for the experience and to form an opinion.
New Zealand offers a range of unique cuisine experiences, ranging from the casual to the high-end. They take advantage of the local abundance of fish, vegetables and fruit.