Taste the difference in NZ’s culinary capital

Wellington’s restaurants have won the New Zealand Restaurant of the Year awards numerous times and the region is filled with delectable delights.

The city has developed such a reputation among foodies that it has become the Down Under destination for travelers with adventuresome palates.” - Laura Fraser, LA Timesc

Said to have more bars, restaurants and cafes per capita than New York, New Zealand’s capital of cool is a culinary heaven for travellers following their nose and taste buds. Home to New Zealand celebrity chefs such as Al Brown, Martin Bosley and Rex Morgan, the region’s cuisine is centred on simple and fresh flavours served with class. As you’d expect of a city wrapped around a harbour, seafood is a feature; while wine lists feature New Zealand’s best. Wellington is tucked between two of the country’s finest wine regions – Wairarapa to the north and Marlborough to the south.

Find Your Flavour

Dining out is a way of life for Wellingtonians. Home to hundreds of gastronomic delights and numerous Cuisine Magazine Supreme Restaurant of the Year award-winners (Logan Brown and Matterhorn), you’ll find fine dining and quirky cafes, all within walking distance of your hotel. Check out the latest reviews on Wellington’s Word on the Street blog. If you’re a passionate foodie or just love to eat, this is a great city to take a food tour. Zest Food Tours will introduce you to the finest flavours and great local personalities.

Market Potential

Meet Wellington’s artisan producers and sample their tasty products at a raft of weekend markets. Saturday visitors should make their way to the Hill Street Farmers Market – it’s nearby the Parliament buildings so book in a bit of sightseeing between bites.

Sundays see the waterfront come alive with foodie fare – the outdoor Harbourside Market has fish fresh off the boat, fruit and veges galore and arguably New Zealand’s most talked about New York pizza stand. Just across the way in the Chaffers Dock Function Centre, the City Market complements with its sweet treats, gourmet products and Market Kitchen.

Tasty Tips

- We love the Piko Piko pesto at Te Papa, made from fern fronds; you can taste on a tour showcasing indigenous Maori food.

- Just quick drive over the hill from the capital you’ll find the Wairarapa wine region, well-known for its pinot noir (or to those Europeans out there - burgundy). A great day trip or overnight getaway.

- Coffee is big business in this little city, in the words of Australia’s Voyeur magazine “fast becoming better known for its long blacks rather than is All Blacks”. When in New Zealand’s coffee headquarters, try Mojo, Havana, Caffe L’affare and Fuel for a superb local brew.overnight getaway.

- Head along to Moore Wilson's Fresh any day of the week for a delectable range of local and international gourmet foods.

Foodie Festivities

New Zealand’s premier culinary festival, Visa Wellington On a Plate, serves good times and great deals in the capital annually in August. Get your knives and forks out for a feast of culinary experiences to please every palate and every budget.


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