Food and Wine in New Zealand

Food and Wine in New Zealand

Where to Eat & Drink in New Zealand

New Zealand’s cuisine draws inspiration from Europe, Asia and Polynesia, and is often described as Pacific Rim. New Zealand’s wine and food is Fresh and vibrant and is amongst the best in the world. Talented and innovative chefs combine ingredients freshly harvested from garden, land and sea while Pacific influences, organics and indigenous foods make it unique. New Zealand is a premier new-world wine country, producing award-winning red and white wines that reflect clean air, sunshine and sustainable wine practice. Top quality wines are exported to cellars worldwide. Food and wine is an essential ingredient in a New Zealand experience – whether that’s fine dining in a kiwi restaurant or casual outdoor meals, tasting at the cellar door, mingling with local producers at farmers markets, or an authentic Maori hangi experience.

  • New Zealand Cuisine

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    New Zealand cuisine also dubbed ‘Kwisine Kiwiana’ is traditionally hearty meals inspired by a blend of early settler and Maori cooking. Much of the food is primarily British based that has been influenced by Polynesia, traditional Māori ingredients, the Mediterranean, America, South and East Asian Cuisine.

    New Zealand is known for being an agricultural country and fresh produce such as dairy, manuka honey, fruits, vegetables, wines, seafood, fish, venison, beef & mutton products are of high quality. Dining in New Zealand is generally laid back and in the summer months outdoor cafés and barbeques are very popular. Craft beers are also very trendy in New Zealand and like wineries; breweries can be found throughout the country.

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  • Maori Cuisine

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    Maori traditional food (Kai) is indicative to the natural terrain of New Zealand and is influenced by a rich, historic, pacific heritage. Maori cuisine is cooked in ground ovens called a ‘Hangi’ or steamed in geothermal waters. Experiencing a traditional Maori hangi or feast is one of the highlights of visiting New Zealand. One can enjoy local delicacies such kumara (local sweet potato) and partake in customary dancing and festivities.

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  • Coffee & Café Culture

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    Coffee drinking is very popular and café culture has become a bit of a cultural revolution in New Zealand. Wellington is the epicenter of café culture and boasts to have more coffee shops per capita than major cities like New York City. New Zealand is famous for its ‘flat white’ coffee which is one third espresso and two thirds steamed frothy milk. Locals generally pride themselves on serving the perfect cup and even have coffee making competitions.

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  • New Zealand Wine

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    New Zealand is famous for its white wines specifically Sauvignon Blanc, which is considered by experts as the best in the world. Although considered ‘New World’ wines, grapes & vineyards were first introduced by European settlers in the late 1800’s. New Zealand’s cool climate and fertile volcanic soil made it ideal for white wine varieties to be grown. In the 1980’s New Zealand wine makers made their mark in the international wine industry and the local industry has gone from strength to strength. Grape varieties now include: Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc (white varieties), Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon Blends, Syrah & Pinot Noir (red varieties).

    Vineyards are dotted all over the country and wine tasting opportunities can be found easily throughout New Zealand. Wine growing regions in the North Island are Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Northland, Auckland area, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wairarapa and in the South Island are Marlborough, Nelson, Canterbury, Waipara Valley, Waitaki Valley and Central Otago. Wine tours and tastings are a popular pastime in New Zealand and annual wine festivals are a great way of discovering the marvelous tastes of NZ wines.

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