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Wellington’s restaurants have won Cuisine magazine’s coveted Supreme Restaurant of the Year award 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 TImes
Said to have more bars, restaurants and cafes per capita than New York, New Zealand’s capital of cool is a culinary heaven for travelers 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, Martin Bosley’s 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
:: Eat your way around Wellington with this delicious food and wine itinerary.
:: Download the 'Welly Walks' iPhone app and follow the Foodie Secrets trail.
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