Pacific Rim cuisine
New Zealand's cuisine draws inspiration from Europe, Asia and Polynesia, and is often described as Pacific Rim.
Many New Zealand chefs infuse their foods with unique local herbs and plants that add traditional flavours to contemporary cuisine.
The distinctiveness is also in the way New Zealanders eat - generally preferring an environment that is as relaxed and unaffected as possible, in keeping with the laidback Kiwi psyche.
Summer usually means eating outdoors in cafés or at barbeques, where fare such as lamb, cervena / NZ venison, crayfish / lobster, fresh fish and shellfish is plentiful.
And, for a truly authentic experience, there’s the smoky flavour of Maori kai / food from a traditional hangi earth oven.
Talented Kiwi chefs, innovative cuisine, top wines, and a growing list of high-end destinations and food events are helping New Zealand develop a reputation in the world of fine cuisine.