Call it a ‘barbie’, barbeque, barbecue or BBQ – the act of cooking outside is an essential slice of the New Zealand culture and culinary experience.

The great Kiwi barbie most often happens at home in the backyard, but keeping the heat out of the kitchen appeals so much in summer that most houses are usually equipped with the vital accessory.

Enjoying a beach barbeque, New Zealand

Many beaches throughout New Zealand have barbecuing facilities that are available for a small fee.

Enjoying a typical Kiwi barbecue is something visitors can experience with friends and contacts, but more tourism operators, hotels and lodges are including the experience.

Diners taking the TSS Earnslaw steamship to Walter Peak, near Queenstown, can enjoy a gourmet barbecue on the shores of Lake Wakatipu at Walter Peak Station - an iconic high country sheep station.

Walter Peak, Queenstown

Walter Peak gourmet bbq

If you are in the North Island and are keen for an iconic barbeque experience you cannot go past Roselands in Waitomo. Situated near the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, this barbeque set in native bush and farmland will surely satisfy a hungry stomach.

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