Noshing in New Zealand

It’s lunchtime as I type this and it has inspired me in thinking about the amazing food you can get while in New Zealand. From lamb to mussels, to a traditional Maori hangi, your taste buds will be delighted. Even the simple hamburger is elevated at the incredibly popular Fergburger in Queenstown, a place as quirky as it is delicious. Lest our vegetarian friends worry, there are also plenty of tasty meatless options to be found throughout the country.

 

Mudbrick vineyard and restaurant on Waiheke Island H226_MASTER

During New Zealand’s warmer months, you’ll find plenty of outdoor seating to take advantage of the soft breezes and golden light. I can imagine nothing more perfect than a long afternoon enjoying a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and oysters fresh from the sea.   I believe when you look up the word “bucolic” in the dictionary, the above photo appears.

 

TA289. Dining in the Viaduct, Auckland City

If you’re searching for more of a city experience, Auckland does not disappoint. We love spending time in the Viaduct Harbour area, where several delicious cafes and restaurants can be found, along with beautiful views over the harbour.

 

Heli-picnic, Dobson Valley couple L567_MASTER great heli hero dh

Filed under “the stuff romantic dreams are made of” is one of our favourite experiences to include for our honeymoon clients. Imagine a scenic helicopter ride around the surrounding mountains and valleys of Queenstown, with a landing on one of the peaks, where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch and bubbles.   The food is certainly tasty, but you may be a bit more focused on the stunning vistas.

 

Traditional Maori cooking rotorua young people hangi MC141_MASTER

For a bit of culture with your food, you should definitely make time to enjoy a traditional “hangi” meal with the Maori people. Featuring food cooked in an “oven” buried in the earth, you also learn a great deal about the indigenous culture and if you’re lucky, a viewing of the Haka, the Maori’s war dance.

 

Greenshell Mussels__Sauvignon Blanc Wine

I’ll be visiting New Zealand in October, and rest assured, this very vignette will be in front of me at some point! In the lovely Marlborough Sounds area, you can enjoy Greenshell Mussels fresh from the water while sipping the region’s award-winning Sauvignon Blanc. This is definitely one of my happy places.

 

DRTM_NZ lamb, Skyline Skyrides

This one may be a little controversial – I don’t eat lamb. But, if you are one of the millions who do, you can’t do much better than New Zealand lamb. If the country were to have a national dish, you can bet that lamb would be featured, along with a very delicious Pinot Noir from the Central Otago Valley. Me, I’ll just be over here eating the bivalves and drinking the Sauv Blanc.

 

Seafood beside the lake fish and chips Queenstown H127_A3

Even a casual meal in Queenstown has the added drama of a beautiful, mountainous backdrop. The sartorial style of the gent aside, I can’t imagine a more visually captivating way to spend a summer afternoon than eating fish and chips along the shores of Lake Wakatipu with the Remarkables Ranges in the background.