Indulging in local food and wine is a must-do for many travellers. If gastronomy and the odd tipple are high on your agenda, New Zealand won't disappoint.

New Zealand is a food and wine lover’s paradise. Vineyards stretch throughout every region, chefs put playful local twists on fine cuisine. New Zealand food and wine festivals serve up taste sensations with a side of local music.

Coming to visit this winter?

If you're planning a ski holiday in the South Island this winter, you've got some great wine regions within easy reach. Visitors to Mt Hutt and Porters ski areas in the Christchurch - Canterbury region should make the short drive north to Waipara. And if you're heading to Queenstown this winter, be sure to enjoy the wineries of Queenstown and Central Otago when you're not on the slopes.

World class wine

The Hawkes Bay, Martinborough and Marlborough and Central Otago are signature New Zealand wine regions; explore your pick of 120 vineyards by driving the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. If you’re after a really thorough wine tour, add West Auckland, Gisborne, Canterbury to your itinerary. 

Most wineries are open for tasting, and many have fine restaurants onsite. There are plenty of bicycle and chauffeur-driven wine tours too – a great way to take in the full spectrum of local flavours. Our internationally acclaimed varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and the Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blends), so get ready to sample! 

Pacific Rim cuisine

New Zealand food goes way beyond fish and chips and barbeques – our chefs have developed a distinct Pacific Rim cuisine. Expect to indulge in plenty of seafood (like greenlipped mussels, crayfish (lobster), Bluff oysters and fresh fish), award winning cheeses and of course our famous lamb. You should also expect a laidback, friendly atmosphere wherever you eat; we Kiwis love to keep things casual. 

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Fabulous food experiences

For fine dining amid spellbinding scenery, try one of New Zealand’s many remote luxury lodges. For urban eats, try a waterfront restaurant at Auckland’s Viaduct or a bohemian ethnic café in Wellington’s Cuba Quarter. For a truly authentic experience, head to Rotorua for the smoky flavour of Maori food from a traditional hangi earth oven. And if you’re here in the summer months, the wine and food festivals are a must – check out the Kawhia Kai Festival or the West Coast’s Wildfoods Festival for something really adventurous.

Get cooking

Keen to hone your kiwi cooking skills? Take part in a cooking class and learn some local secrets, including Maori cooking using native plants. When shopping for fresh ingredients, remember to stop by a Saturday morning farmers’ market. And for take-home inspiration, pick up a cookbook by one of our celebrity chefs, like Annabel Langbein or Peter Gordon.

Discover New Zealand's food and wine for yourself

Favourite Kiwi Foods

Favourite Kiwi Foods

Juicy lamb, fresh-caught seafood and the smoky flavours of Maori hangi are among our best-loved New Zealand foods.

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Wineries and Breweries

Wineries and Breweries

Whether you’re a wine aficionado or a beer connoisseur, New Zealand’s range of flavours are sure to delight you.

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Food and Wine Festivals

Food and Wine Festivals

New Zealand has a calendar full of scrumptious food and wine events to get your taste buds hopping and your feet dancing.

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Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail serves up unforgettable wine and food experiences along the signposted 380km (240 mile) route. The journey takes you through regions accounting for more than 80% of New Zealand's wine production. Combined with artisan food producers, farmers' markets and the buzzing cuisine scene of Wellington, this route is one that’ll make your foodie heart sing.

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