13 Food Experiences while visiting New Zealand!
When asked about what food New Zealand is famous for, it is hard to pick just one. We are a country of much diversity and therefore do not really have just one signature dish. I have put together a list of my top 13 foods you must try when visiting New Zealand.
1. Fergburger, Queenstown:
Fergburger is on any Kiwi’s must do list when visiting Queenstown. With lines constantly out the door, the demand is so great that this place stays open 21 hours a day. Check out the Fergburger menu here
My Top Pick: Cockadoodle Oink
In New Zealand we love our bakeries, in fact a town is not quite a town unless there is a bakery. There are many family run bakeries throughout the Kiwi Experience route that you will have a chance to visit during your time here. Simply Google "Bakery near me," wherever you are in the country!
My Top Pick: Steak and Cheese Pie and a Custard Square
3. Fish and Chips:
New Zealand’s fish and chips (pronounced “fush and chups”) are the best in the world. Considering the farthest point from the sea is only 120km away, our seafood is the freshest there is to offer.
My Top Pick: Opt for Kumara (Sweet Potato) Fries
These shellfish are unique to New Zealand and are considered a delicacy to the Maori people. They bury themselves just below the sand at the waters edge and can be collected by digging your toes into the shallow water. Then you can either boil them or make them into fritters.
My Top Tip: Let them sit in fresh water overnight so that they can spit out the sand
Another Maori delicacy, the Hangi is a traditional Maori feast normally served at family gatherings. It consists of some form of meat as well as plenty of root vegetables such as potatoes and pumpkin. A pit is dug in the ground and hot stones are placed in the bottom, fresh off the fire. Baskets of food are then placed on top of the hot stones and buried with the earth for a couple of hours. This gives the food a lovely smoky flavour.
My Top Pick: Tamaki Cultural Evening in Rotorua serves up a traditional Hangi
In New Zealand, we pride ourselves on making some pretty decent Chocolate! Given our large dairy industry we have the luxury to make chocolate using the best milk products around.
My Top Pick: Pineapple Lumps and Jaffas
7. Hokey Pokey Ice Cream:
A Kiwi Classic is the Hokey Pokey Ice Cream, made by combining fresh vanilla ice cream and little honeycomb pieces. Perfect for that sunny day at one of our many beaches.
My Top Pick: Try the Tip Top Brand, New Zealand’s finest
Can mean one of two things, but here I am talking about the cold potato chips, or 'crisps' as they are known as in the UK. Another kiwi favourite, especially at summer barbeques.
My Top Picks: Grain Waves or Marmite (Classic Kiwi Spread) and Chip Sandwiches
9. Kiwi Onion Dip:
If you need something to go with your Chips, the good ol’ Kiwi Onion Dip is the perfect match. There are two ingredients used to make the dip, both readily available from supermarkets nationwide. All you need is a packet of (Maggi) Onion Soup Mix and a can of (Nestle) Reduced Cream. Simply mix them together in a bowl with a fork and serve. For extra taste, add 1 tsp fresh lemon juice or vinegar. Check out how it’s done here
My Top Tip: It tastes even better if you make it in advance and pop it in the fridge for an hour or so
10. Lemon and Paeroa:
World famous in New Zealand and typically known as L &P. This soft drink is named after a small town called Paeroa located at the base of the Coromandel Peninsular. Many kiwis swear by this drink to help cure a hangover!
My Top Tip: Watch out for the giant L & P bottle in Paeroa when you drive between Hot Water Beach and Waitomo
New Zealand has some of the best wines in the world. Our climate and flat and fertile soil makes for awesome grape growing. There are many wineries throughout New Zealand, mostly in the Gisborne/Napier and Blenheim/Nelson regions. All of our supermarkets have local wines for pretty reasonable prices.
My Top Pick: Selaks
We also know how to brew some pretty quality beer. With a massive rise in craft beers recently, New Zealanders are jumping on the bandwagon, meaning there are plenty of options available from most supermarkets.
My Top Pick: Good George
Made with fresh New Zealand milk, Primo is New Zealand’s very own flavoured milk brand. Dairy is one of the biggest industries in New Zealand with many of our local products enjoyed worldwide.
My Top Pick: Banana