Any recommend local food? A must to try when we travel to New Zealand?
New Zealand is definitely the place for foodies. You'll be amazed by the Kiwi's culinary world.
Here a little sample of what you should expect:
1. Feijoas: This fruit which looks almost like avocado, tastes a bit like pineapple, a bit like guava and like strawberry. In one word, incredible!
2. Lamington: A light vanilla sponge cake which is from the land of Kiwis, this cake covered in chocolate icing, jam and smothered in desiccated coconut. A must try New Zealand dessert.
3. Whitebait Fritter: Known for its crispy texture, this mouth-watering seafood is a must-try for anybody travelling to England.
Here's more for the food explorers out there. A must read if you are looking to plan your NZ adventure!
Like Ruth, I recommend fish and chips, which are found throughout New Zealand. Here’s a quick tip to tell the good ones from the average: the best fish and chips are served wrapped in newspapers. The most authentic way to eat your fish and chips is at the beach or at a park. Don’t forget to pack a bottle of chilled New Zealand sauvignon blanc or a couple of cold beer.
Kaikoura, in South Island, is known for crayfish and all types of seafood. Go to Coopers Catch at 9 W End for fish and chips. Also check out Nins Bin on State Highway 1, just north of Kaikoura. Nin’s Bin is an old food caravan and landmark in the region. Opens daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week. They pride themselves as the best place for fresh catch and crayfish.
If you’re in Queenstown, you must stop by Fergburger for burgers made from New Zealand’s high-quality beef. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait in line; there’s often a 45-minute wait during lunch or dinner time. Order the Big Al’s Burger for lunch and if you’re like me, you won’t be hungry for the rest of the day. Fergburger is at 2 Shotover St.
As mentioned by Optimist McClean, try kumara chips (sweet potato chips) with your burgers or fish.
One of my favorite places to eat is Deep Creek Brew Bar in Browns Bay Auckland. They serve the best craft beer and barbecue. I wrote an article about it on Trippy’s blog: Two Weeks in Auckland: How to Explore Like a Local.
Of course, you must try New Zealand’s hokey pokey ice cream, sold in supermarkets and all ice cream parlors. It is New Zealand’s special vanilla ice cream with honeycomb chunks.
Also L+P soda, lamington (sponge cake squares coated in chocolate or raspberry and desiccated coconut) and pavlova (meringue-based dessert, topped with whipped cream and slices of kiwi fruits, strawberries, and other seasonal fruits).
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When we visited New ZealandNew Zealand, our favorite food was the fish and chips as well as the meat pies. Every time someone goes there, we ask them to bring some meat pies back. They have beef and chicken. They are so delicious!
Kumara, a type of sweet potato, really good as "chips" (french fries), but very good in a hangi (earth oven), or just roasted in a typical NZ roast chicken/lamb/pork meal.
Apparently out apples are the best in the world, but we ship them everywhere, so you've probably already tasted them before :-)
Hi Lisa, yes you should try some whitebait. Its a small fish about the size of your small finger. You eat them whole. We put one in a small glass with local Montieths beer and drink them whole. Its called a whitebait shooter.
Or you can have a half a cup of them mixed with raw egg and cooked in butter. If you are going through Greymouth call into the glow-worm cave tour office @ green building next to McDonalds and you can try one. cheers, Paul
Pascall Pineapple Lumps in the candy section of the grocery store... worth a trip to NZ for :)
I was in Queenstown and I enjoyed many restaurants. We loved the ribs Flame Bar & Grill. There are many nice ones some by the waterPub on Wharf is nice also. The lamb was good at any place. Have fun and enjoy.
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