New Zealand is a favourite destination for many travellers, or at least on the bucket list of many! While you’re visiting five of the must see destinations in New Zealand, make sure you’re doing it right by also indulging in five of the must try foods in New Zealand, ranging from delicious meat and seafood, to traditional Maori cuisine and world-class wines! There’s honestly no better way to end a big day of exploring the beautiful outdoors of New Zealand than with a hearty meal and wonderful local wine.
With more than 15,000 km of coastline, New Zealand’s cold waters are home to incredible seafood. Seafood lovers will be in absolute heaven! From crayfish to kina, whitebait, paua and the classic fish and chips, there is something for everyone.
Fish and chips can be found in every coastal town, whereas whitebait fritters are best found on the west coast of the south island. Kina, a local sea urchin is a delicacy in New Zealand, and paua is the Maori name given to a large sea snail which is cooked up in a variety of ways (you’ll also see paua shells sold as souvenirs all over New Zealand). For a total splurge or special occasion, you definitely need to try crayfish, a Kiwi favourite where the best is said to be from Kaikoura in the South Island.
Roast Lamb is a Kiwi favourite! A fun fact, there are more lambs than people in New Zealand and lamb is one of New Zealand’s biggest exports! Succulent and tender, you’ll find roast lamb on menus from the local pub right through to the country’s most high-end restaurants. Be sure to indulge on some roast lamb when visiting New Zealand.
The Traditional Maori hangi is Maori cuisine at its very best! A hangi involves meat and vegetables that have been slow-cooked in an underground oven, or if you are in the North, you may find that it is steam cooked in naturally hot pools. Hangi is now reserved for special occasions, however it was a common cooking method for thousands of years in New Zealand. A hangi is both a foodie and cultural experience that all visitors to New Zealand should experience.
Whether you’re tucking into a bowl of Hangi while playing online casino at www.mansioncasino.com in New Zealand or keen to warm up after watching the rugby in the cold, Hangi will well and truly warm you up and fill your belly. Make sure you come hungry!
Hokey Pokey Ice Cream
New Zealand is well known for its amazingly creamy ice cream, and if there’s only one ice cream flavour you’re going to try in New Zealand, it has to be the much loved Hokey Pokey! Hokey Pokey is vanilla ice cream with small lumps of honeycomb toffee spread through it. I’m drooling just thinking about it!
Cheese and Wine
New Zealand may be small on size, but they pack a punch on the world stage when it comes to their wines and cheeses. Boasting award-winning cheese makers and world-class wine regions, wine and cheese lovers will not be disappointed. We’ve visited multiple wineries in the South Island on our travels through New Zealand and can’t wait until we can travel again and visit more! New Zealand wine is renowned all around the world and it’s always a top choice of ours when we are dining out, although there really is nothing quite like drinking it in its country (or vineyard) of origin, complete with a mouthwateringly divine cheese platter.