Food & Wine

Taste your way around New Zealand, and you'll discover food and wine that's original, world-class, and fresh from the source.

Each time I travel to New Zealand, I find new culinary delights, more delicious wines and more often than not a few taste bud surprises.

Margaret Swaine Culinary travel writer @globaltaster

New Zealand food goes way beyond fish and chips and barbeques – our chefs have developed a distinct Pacific Rim cuisine. Expect to indulge in plenty of seafood (like greenlipped mussels, crayfish (lobster), Bluff oysters and fresh fish), award winning cheeses and of course our famous lamb. You should also expect a laidback, friendly atmosphere wherever you eat; we Kiwis love to keep things casual.

Recommended Food & Wine Journeys

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

Napier to Blenheim

486 km
5 Days
  • Hawke's Bay Syrah
  • Martinborough Pinot
  • Marlborough Sauvignon

Whales and Wineries in Upper South Island

Christchurch to Christchurch

779 km
5 Days
  • Hot springs
  • Award-winning wineries
  • Whale watching

Central North Island Wilderness and Wineries

Rotorua Central to Rotorua Central

560 km
4 Days
  • Lake Waikaremoana
  • Art Deco Architecture
  • Wine tasting

Food & Wine around New Zealand

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