Food & Drink

If you’ve got a passion for fine food and wine then you’re in for a treat. New Zealand cuisine is guaranteed to satisfy. With the country being a leading agricultural nation that busily goes about turning some of the best produce anywhere in the world out every day, local chefs, restaurateurs and artisan food producers are able to make the most of the bounty on their doorstep and draw on a wide variety of influences to create an outstanding national food scene. Make sure you sample New Zealand specialities such as outstanding seafood, beef and lamb, dairy, and beautiful fresh produce, whether it’s via an excellent dining experience at one of the country’s many outstanding restaurants, or straight from the source at the farm gate or farmers’ market.

 

Pegasus Bay celebrates its 30th vintage of excellent wine

Food & Drink - People - Word on the street

Pegasus Bay Winery, one of the original and definitive Canterbury wineries, released its first wines in 1991. But its story starts in the 1970s ...

 

New Zealand restaurant highlights

Food & Drink

Our national restaurant scene has come leaps and bounds in recent decades, finally doing justice to the fact that some of the best food in the ...

 

New Zealand's Top 5 Bars

Food & Drink - See & Do

There’s not much better than a killer drink and a bangin' venue to drink it in, and we’re pretty spoilt for choice around New Zealand’s main ...

 

Sake drinking etiquette

Food & Drink

What's Hot New Zealand has the answers to all your questions about sake. Say it right It’s pronounced ‘sah-kay’ not ‘sah-key’. What’s in a cup? ...

 

Tips and tricks for hosting a plant-based dinner party

Food & Drink

Here’s a pro tip for your next gathering: rather than worrying about options for your vegan guests, just create a plant-based menu for everyone. ...

 

New Zealand’s first fruit wine seltzer is on its way

Food & Drink - Word on the street

The world’s fastest growing alcoholic beverage is making its way to Aotearoa with the launch of TINK – New Zealand’s first natural fruit wine ...

 

Belle – Back to the Beans

Food & Drink - People

Coffee has taken Bink Bowler from barista to managing director and back again, as he steps away from management to once again do what he loves – ...

 

Unboxing local

Food & Drink

Tom Riley and Chris Kappely are at the helm of Green Dinner Table, a plant-based subscription box that brings local produce direct to your door. ...

 

A brief history of brewing in Christchurch

Food & Drink

A unique combination of geography and generosity shaped Christchurch into the craft beer mecca it is today. Ralph Bungard of Three Boys Brewery ...

 

New rooftop bar in Christchurch: The Pink Lady

Food & Drink - Word on the street

Christchurch’s new rooftop bar is giving us an opportunity to escape life’s street-level madness and feel the wind in our hair. On the roof of ...

 

Meet the local: Tom Newfield

Food & Drink - People

Tom Newfield is the brains behind some of Christchurch's best hospo haunts: Welles Street pub, Earl bistro, Welder Events and Bottle + Stone. ...

 

Black Origin brings Wagyu beef to New Zealand

Food & Drink

Japanese Waygu beef-raising traditions have been a closely-guarded secret for centuries, and now the famously fine beef is being raised in New ...

 

Old-skool legends Zed to headline South Island Wine and Food Festival

Food & Drink - What's On

This year's South Island Wine and Food Festival music lineup features great throwback Kiwi bands December's bringing us summer vibes and ...

 

Gindulgence 2021

Food & Drink - See & Do - What's On

New Zealand’s largest celebration of all things gin is coming back for 2021. Get into the summer spirit with the most refreshing of beverages ...

 

New Zealand’s top toasted sandwich finalists

Food & Drink

Finalists have been announced in the 2020 Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover, with 12 picklelicious toasted sandwiches from around the country ...

 

New Zealand wine regions

Food & Drink - Travel Guides

New Zealand has 10 significant wine-growing regions. The largest are Marlborough, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne in Eastland, but Central Otago is ...

 

Toast Easter with Juno Gin

Food & Drink

Here’s a great idea from our friends at Juno Gin – join them at Easter for the first pour of their 2020 Autumn Seasonal Gin. The venue? Your ...

 

Exploring Whanganui

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

Whanganui is a pleasant town on the banks of the Whanganui River. A busy main street lined with rustling green trees and colourful flower ...

 

Exploring Wellington

North Island - Food & Drink - Shopping - Stay - See & Do

Wellington is not only the nation’s political centre but in many ways the cultural centre. It contains numerous museums, galleries and theatres, ...

 

Exploring Waitaki

South Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

The Waitaki region has an eclectic range of attractions. Oamaru’s Blue Penguin colony is sure to delight wildlife lovers, the region’s geology ...

 

Exploring Waikato & Waitomo

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

At the heart of the Waikato is Hamilton, a riverside city that’s close enough to Auckland for some commuters. The Waikato River bisects the ...

 

Exploring the West Coast

South Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

A number of attractions on the West Coast explore its pioneering and mining history, while the nation’s most famous, accessible and spectacular ...

 

Exploring the Wairarapa

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

The Wairarapa is increasingly known as a gourmand's little paradise. Modern Wairarapa has embraced wine in a big way, and enthusiasts will find ...

 

Exploring The Coromandel

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

A rustic and unspoilt landscape, The Coromandel boasts rich heritage, rainforest and a spectacular coastline. Built on gold, it's now a famous ...

 

Exploring the Bay of Plenty

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

Separated by a glistening harbour, Tauranga and Mount Maunganui offer an idyllic lifestyle in a region bathed in sunshine. Tauranga Harbour is a ...

 

Exploring Taupō

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

The main centre of the Central North Island is Taupō, a lakeside resort offering an excellent range of accommodation, dining and activities. ...

 

Exploring Taranaki

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

Presided over by the majestic, conical Mount Taranaki, the region combines the gentle charms of rural New Zealand with the surprisingly ...

 

Exploring Southland & Stewart Island

South Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

Known for the ‘southern hospitality’ of its down-to-earth locals, Invercargill is a medium-sized town that makes a great base for exploring the ...

 

Exploring Ruapehu

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

Thrust up by the Earth’s powerful forces, the active volcanic triumvirate of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe watch over the central North ...

 

Exploring Rotorua

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

You’ll smell Rotorua before you see it – a distinctive sulphur smell identifies this as an active geothermal area. The geothermal activity ...

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