Restaurants / Cafes

Fresh and vibrant, New Zealand's wine and food and coffee is amongst the best in the world. Taste is paramount. Talented and innovative chefs combine ingredients freshly harvested from garden, land and sea while Pacific influences, organics and indigenous foods make it a distinctive cuisine.

Food and wine are integral to the New Zealand experience – whether fine dining or casual café style, sampling local produce at the increasing number of farmers markets throughout the country or stopping at a roadside stall to buy a whitebait fritter or a freshly cooked crayfish this is a delicious destination, to be savoured.

With every food style and ethnicity catered for the visitor is spoiled for choice so word of mouth is by far the best guide about where to eat.

Northland

Experience delightful waterfront dining at Russell in the Bay of Islands

Auckland Region

A huge range of dining options, every ethnicity, every price point, from fine dining with renowned chefs through to street style asian cuisine. Explore the waterfront, from the Viaduct through the Wynyard Quarter, take a stroll down Ponsonby Road or head for Devonport on the North Shore. Waiheke Island

Central North Island

Taupo and Rotorua cater admirably to the tourist market, experience a traditional Maori ‘hangi’ as part of a cultural experience.

Eastern North Island

Enjoy delectable seafood dining on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Search out some of the exceptional vineyard dining options in the Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay regions.

Wellington

A huge range of innovative restaurant and café options, home to some of the country’s most renowned chefs, Al Brown and Martin Bosley to name a couple. Check out Hippopotamus, the Museum Art Hotel’s exceptional offering.

More excellent vineyard dining in the Wairarapa at Martinborough.

Nelson / Marlborough

Both areas boast excellent wine and cuisine and great seafood.

Vineyard dining a must do.

Kaikoura is the undisputed crayfish capital to the extent that locals turn their noses up at this sought after delicacy.

Canterbury

Vineyard dining in the Waipara Valley and at numerous vineyards north of Christchurch.

The excellent restauranteurs of Christchurch continue to trade where possible.

Highly recommended is Tiffany’s.

West Coast

Whitebait and ‘Wildfoods’ along with gourmet cuisine.

Otago / Deep South

Dunedin is home to number of fantastic restaurants and cafes, as are Queenstown and Wanaka. Don’t forget Bluff, the oyster capital and Stewart Island with its bounty of seafood.

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Restaurants

Kitchen Restaurant

Phone: 09 969 1545    Address: Hotel DeBrett, Entry via either 3b O'Connell Street or 2 High Street, Auckland    www.hoteldebrett.com

Table Restaurant

Phone: 06 758 6423    Address: 71 Brougham Street, New Plymouth    www.nicehotel.co.nz

Hippopotamus Restaurant

Phone: 04 802 8900    Address: 90 Cable Street, Wellington    www.museumhotel.co.nz

Wellington on a Plate

Foredeck Restaurant

Phone: 03 579 9771    Address: Bay of Many Coves, Queen Charlotte Sounds    www.bayofmanycoves.co.nz

Tiffany’s Restaurant

Phone: 03 379 1350    Address: 95 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch    wwwtiffanys.co.nz

Stations Inn Restaurant

Phone: 03 755 5499    Address: 5 Blue Spur Road, Hokitika    www.stationsinnhokitika.co.nz

Eichardt's Bar

Phone: 03 441 0450    Address: 2 Marine Parade, Queenstown    www.eichardts.com

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