Your Guide to a Great Gastronomic Escape in New Zealand

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand |

The Traditional Flavors of New Zealand

If you’re going on an adventure, sustain your body with some adventurous food. And if your adventure takes you to New Zealand, sustain your mind with our popular food guide.

The two islands in the Southern Hemisphere that make up the renowned destination of New Zealand are certainly not short on cuisine for any type of traveler. With more than just Kiwi fruit on offer, this is a country where food is fresh, diverse, and delicious. From its rich Māori culture to its unique spin on western foods, New Zealand has a variety of famous and traditional foods that simply must be devoured by everyone coming to this country.


Besides the famous ‘fush n chups’ — the way Kiwis pronounce it in their southern accent, New Zealand, as an island nation offers some more exquisite seafood dining options. With fresh seafood available all year round, you will really be spoilt for choice on both, the North and South Islands. From Marlborough green-lipped mussels to bluff oysters fresh from the Foveaux strait, your taste buds are certainly going to be reveling in fishy delight.

Green Lipped Mussels, New Zealand |

Wine and Cheese

These two condiments really do go hand in hand, and in New Zealand, you won’t find it difficult to find quality products of this kind. Famous for cheeses of the blue and creamy soft variety, keep an eye out for products from Kapiti and Puhoi Valley in the cheese department. With some crispy crackers and some wine ranging from full-bodied Pinot Noir to lightly fruity Sauvignon Blanc, you have truly got an afternoon delight set up.

Wine Tasting at Mercury Bay Estate, New Zealand |

Sweet treats

If you have a sweet tooth, then New Zealand knows how to feed it. You should leave plenty of room for dessert as there are two absolute must-eats while visiting the islands. The first is the classic Pavlova, a meringue dessert that is topped with fresh fruit and cream. After this, get ready to sample the best tasting ice cream in the world! New Zealand boasts the Hokey Pokey flavour, a creamy vanilla ice cream with pieces of honeycomb swirled throughout. It is hard to beat!

Pavlova |

Māori cuisine

As an ancient culture, the Māori population spent years to perfect some unbelievably delicious meals. An absolute must-try for an authentic cultural and culinary experience of New Zealand is the hangi. This is a cultural feast including chicken, seafood, and various vegetables cooked in a traditional way. The best place to appreciate this Māori feast is Rotorua – on the Northern Island.

Planning a trip to New Zealand’s south island, then don’t miss a stay at The George Christchurch. Pescatore restaurant located within the hotel has had its wine list consistently ranked by Wine Spectator as “Outstanding”. This gastro experience marries classical cuisine with today’s foodie trends.

Some of the best places to sample these different foods can be hidden off the beaten track, but thanks to Hertz Car Rental in New Zealand, you can make a real gastronomical road trip while on your luxurious travel.

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  • I am a mom of 2 who travels a lot for work (I work in the event/conference/tradeshow industry). I grew up  and currently live in Northern California.

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