There is a vast choice of New Zealand
restaurants to fit all tastes.
One must give in to the vast variety
of seafood proffered.
Be on the look out for fish and chips
which are a specialty and much sough after in New
Zealand. From Crayfish, Oysters, Paua, Scallops,
Mussels, Smoked Eels, and Shellfish and a wide
choice of fresh and salt water fish.
The high spot of the eating out in New Zealand is
its unparalleled style of cooking known as the
Cuisine of the Pacific Rim inspired by the other
areas in nations of the world such as Thailand,
Europe, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Polynesia, and
The recipes that specifically Kiwi are kumara
or sweet potato, Tamarillo, Kiwifruit, and Pavlova (a dish
made from meringue and whippings of fresh cream topped with
fresh berries or fruit. New Zealanders enjoy drinking,
especially beers. Ginger beer is popular among the men and
with the women, wine.
New Zealand boasts of all the usual outlets of fast food
that can now be found all over the world, it further has
every kind of food available, which showcases its society
which is multi-cultural.
Some typical New Zealand food are the
much debated Pavlova (a cream centered meringue
which is has fresh fruits on top, ANZAC biscuits
(hard biscuits made from golden syrup and oatmeal
that were first invented by WWI soldiers), meat pies
(both Aussies and Kiwis love pies), and Kiwifruit
(green fruit which are about the size of a plum).
The most popular beer in New Zealand is Steinlager.
As with most of the world, the lifestyle of New
Zealand is now a culture of coffee drinkers, with
café and shops to buy fresh coffee springing up all
So if you can’t tell the difference
between a flat white and latte, you will soon be
Lemon and Paeroa or L&P is quite famous in
New Zealand. It is a softdrink which is lemonade-style and
packaged in brown plastic bottles with a distinct yellow
During summer, a popular part of NZ entertainment lifestyle
are barbecues. More often than not, guests will be asked to
bring some wine or beer, and sometimes even some meat or
they might opt to bring a desert or salad. It is usually the
women who prepare the food while the men lounge about
nursing the beers.
Another famous delicacy in New Zealand is the Hangi. It is
prepared in an oven dug deep into the earth and fired with
wood. It is a feast normally prepared by the Maori for large
gatherings. Red hot stones line a deep hole dug in the
ground and shrouded with vegetation. The feast is then laid
on top and is besprinkled with water and sealed off with
even more vegetation. Earth is used to cover the hole and
left to steam for many hours. By tradition, it is the men
who dig and ready the oven and the women are left to prepare
the food to be used in it. Everyone contributes his share to