Indulge in fresh seafood, sip local wine among the vines, or be adventurous and try something new at one of New Zealand's many food festivals.
Delight your palate at Taste of Auckland(opens in new window), where you will find the city’s top restaurants and artisanal producers. Stroll around the many marquees or sit in on a lesson and get inspired by fellow foodies and award-winning chefs.
Celebrating the unique food and drink of the West Coast, Hokitika Wildfoods Festival(opens in new window) is unlike any other food festival. From crocodile bites to deep fried pigs ears, you'll need to be adventurous to sample the locals' culinary creativity.
One of New Zealand’s most popular seafood events, the Whitianga Scallop Festival(opens in new window) sees many food stalls turning out mouth-watering dishes. Entertainment from famous New Zealand performers and seafood cooking demonstrations by iconic NZ chefs help round out the exceptional scallop celebration.
Combining quality wines, gourmet food and live music, the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival(opens in new window) is New Zealand’s original and most successful wine events. Sample the crisp sauvignon blanc that the region is famous for and be entertained on one of the wine region's oldest and most beautiful vineyards, Brancott Heritage Estate(opens in new window).
With more than 100 events taking place across the culinary capital as part of Visa Wellington On a Plate(opens in new window), you will find cooking classes, banquets and food trails on the menu. Held over two weeks in August, the whole region comes to the party, including the Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa wine country.
Where better to sample the famous Bluff oyster(opens in new window) than in Bluff itself? Locals of the salty seaside town play host in this festive winter event that promises a variety of seafoods including crayfish, paua (abalone), scallops, salmon, blue cod and whitebait. Grab your hat, scarf and a winter coat for an event filled day of live music, along with oyster shucking and eating competitions.
Hawke's Bay produces such a wealth of food and wine that it celebrates this success with a festival held twice a year, in November and June. Running for 10 days, F.A.W.C!(opens in new window) gathers the east coast region’s finest producers and purveyors into an event-laden feast of indulgence for an expanding audience of hungry locals and visitors
Martinborough’s picturesque setting has been a major drawcard for wine-lovers since the festival started in 1992. There’s no better time to try the region's best wines than at Toast(opens in new window), when top-flight Martinborough wineries team up with some of the region’s best chefs and musicians to offer a fully immersive and indulgent experience to suit all tastes.