New Zealand is a paradise for food and wine lovers. Make sure you include some of these Top 10 experiences in your New Zealand holiday.
Try New Zealand's Indian flavours
Whether you want Indian food with a modern twist or something more authentic, New Zealand serves it with aplomb. Try the award-winning Cassia(opens in new window) in Auckland, a modern Indian bistro that has locals lining up. For more authentic food, take your pick of restaurants and takeaways around the country – the flavours will take you right back home. Vegetarian or vegan and halal food is readily available throughout New Zealand.
Get up early on a weekend and mingle with the locals at a farmers' market. Enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables, and take home treats like jam, pickles and handmade bread. Look out for quintessentially Kiwi flavours like feijoa and kiwifruit. Street food pop-ups(opens in new window) are also worth discovering locally.
Try the flavours of the sea
With one of the longest coastlines, it comes as no surprise that tempting your taste buds with seafood makes it to this list. Hop on a boat cruise in Marlborough to try our world-renowned green mussels or savour the oysters in Mahurangi (Auckland). Try the crayfish at Nin’s Bin at Kaikoura or fish ‘n chips in any New Zealand town – if you love seafood, you’ll love what we serve!
Coffee is an obsession in New Zealand, especially in the cities. We drink it strong and fresh – the Kiwi flat white has become world-famous. Simply ask the locals where to find a good brew. Wellington holds the unofficial title of New Zealand’s coffee capital but Auckland and Christchurch never disappoint too.
Blessed with an abundance of top-quality dairy produce, New Zealand knows how to satisfy fans of cream, cheese and ice cream. Local shops are brimming with some of the best chocolates with Whittaker’s chocolate being an almost mandatory souvenir. For ice cream or gelato hit up Giapo(opens in new window) (also serving pani puri ice creams!) in Auckland, Lady Janes in Rotorua(opens in new window), Duck Island Ice Cream in Hamilton or Black Peak Gelato in Wanaka - legendary! Cheese lovers will love the abundant cheese tours.
Pick your own fruit
If you’re visiting any time between December and June, you may like to head out and pick your own fruit. New Zealand has all sorts of berries and stone fruit in summer, while pears, apples and citrus arrive in autumn. At Berrylands in Nelson or Kumeu in Auckland, you can pick your own strawberries and then blend them into ice cream at the orchard café.