New Zealand: Food Guide - Dining Out
Land of the Long White Cloud
New Zealand cuisine is renowned for its use of fresh local ingredients, and New Zealand lamb and seafood are particularly good. Every major town in New Zealand has an excellent selection of restaurants and cafes to choose from, offering a wide array of international cuisines, with various Asian and Pacific specialities well represented. Whether you’re looking for a cheap and simple pub lunch, a take-out from one of the popular fish and chip shops or you fancy treating yourself to the very best of modern New Zealand cuisine, you’ll find plenty of excellent places to satisfy your appetite. There are numerous ethnic restaurants serving everything from Malaysian, Cambodian and Thai food to Greek tavernas and Spanish tapas bars, while contemporary New Zealand restaurants have equally varied menus. New Zealand specialities include green-lipped mussels, crayfish, Bluff oysters, and, of course, the famous New Zealand lamb and venison. You might also like to try a traditional Maori hangi, where the food, often pork or lamb, is wrapped up and cooked in a covered pit on heated rocks.