You don’t have to travel far around New Zealand to discover good food and great wine. With wine trails to follow and gourmet experiences in almost every town, New Zealand is a foodies’ paradise. Here’s our top ten guide to experiencing the very best the country has to offer.
Top Ten Foodie Experiences:
- Oysters, mussels and crayfish can all be found in abundance in New Zealand. In Southland, Bluff oysters are the best around. Kaikoura is crayfish crazy. Its name actually means crayfish, and you’ll find plenty of fresh dishes to sample. For mussels look to Havelock. It’s known as the ‘Greenshell Mussel Capital of the World’.
- For something very traditional, the Maori dish known as a ‘hangi’ is best sampled in at the Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua. Eat meat, fish or vegetables, which have been cooked over heated rocks in the ground.
- Whitebait is another New Zealand tradition and it is eaten as a Whitebait fritter. Drive down the South Island’s West Coast for your best options.
- Taking the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail from Napier to Blenhiem will allow you to visit 120 vineyards and sample such classics as Hawke’s Bay Syrah, Martinborough Pinot and Marlborough Sauvignon. For more information visit here.
- If you want to see where the native kiwi fruit is grown, you’ll need to make your way to Te Puke where local growers farm them in the their millions.
- To sample New Zealand lamb at its best take a visit to Southland, Canterbury or towards Fairlie in Mackenzie Country. Sheep farms are dominant here, but they also supply some of the country’s deer, ostrich and lamb.
- Coffee culture is easy to find anywhere in New Zealand, along with numerous fantastic bars and restaurants. They also have some great chocolatiers. The Wellington Chocolate Factory is renowned for its chocolate production and fair trade principles.
- Scottish settlers have given Dunedin the name of ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and the Milford single malt is said to be one of the best around.
- Fish and chips are a favourite choice of any New Zealander. The Mangōnui fish and chip shop in the North of the North Island makes the best crispy battered fish, chips and aioli all served with a crisp white wine. What could be better?
- Eltham, in South Taranaki on the North Island is world famous for being cheesy. In 1952 New Zealand’s first blue-veined cheese was produced here and the production is still going strong. Taste the best around at the Cheese shop in Bridge Street.
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