New Zealand's must-eat seafood

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Why not tempt your taste buds with the large variety of seafood on offer when you travel around New Zealand.

Crayfish

Kaikoura is the crayfish / lobster capital of New Zealand. To taste the freshest ‘catch of the day’, try the Kaikoura Seafood BBQ - a beachside shack that feeds hordes of hungry visitors to the nearby seal colony.

Christchurch - Canterbury
Crayfish, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Tourism New Zealand

New Zealand crayfish is delicious and there is no better place to eat it than Kaikoura which means 'eat crayfish' in Māori

Whitebait

The largest volume of whitebait is found in the rivers of the South Island’s West Coast. If you’re travelling south from the glaciers on SH6, stop off at Curly Tree Whitebait Company to sample these highly sought after fish.

West Coast
Whitebait, West Coast

By No Road Inn

A classic New Zealand whitebait fritter.

Mt Cook Salmon

New Zealand accounts for over half of the world's production of king salmon. Of all salmon species, the king salmon offers the highest natural oil content of Omega-3s which benefit both heart and joint health. In Tekapo, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon, at 677m above sea level, is the highest salmon farm in the world.

New Zealand
Salmon, New Zealand

By Hermitage Hotel

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon is served as sashimi, grilled and smoked in many fine dining restaurants around New Zealand.

Green-lipped mussels

Green-lipped mussels are easily distinguished from other mussels by the dark green shell with a bright green lip that it is named for.  You can get these mussels pretty much anywhere in New Zealand all year around, but it’s best to have them at the source around Marlborough, where 80 per cent of New Zealand's mussel production is based.

Marlborough
Mussels, Marlborough

By Tourism New Zealand

New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels

Pāua

Pāua (the Māori word for abalone) is a popular New Zealand delicacy. The most common way eat pāua is to have it minced into a fritter. Pāua fritters can be purchased from most "fish and chip" shops around the country. 

New Zealand
Paua, New Zealand

By Richard Robinson

Pāua are commonly found in shallow coastal waters along rocky shorelines and are a local delicacy

Scallops

A local favourite, scallops are a must to try when in New Zealand. The season for fresh scallops runs from October through to March. If you are in the Coromandel in September you can sample a variety of tasty scallop delicacies at the annual Scallop Festival. 

Coromandel
New Zealand scallops, Coromandel

By 100% Pure New Zealand

Your taste buds are sure to be impressed by fresh Coromandel scallops

Bluff Oysters

Large, plump and juicy, New Zealand oysters have earned a reputation as some of the finest in the world. Bluff is the home of oyster production in New Zealand and holds the Bluff Oyster Festival every May. 

Southland
Bluff Oysters, Southland

By Observation Rock Lodge

Oysters, fresh from the farm

Snapper

Snapper, or Tamure as it is called in Maori, is the most popular fish to eat in New Zealand. It is found throughout New Zealand, but is most abundant in the North Island.

Northland & Bay of Islands
Snapper, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Duncan Innes

Freshly caught snapper, a highly prized eating fish in New Zealand.

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