Food and Wine
New Zealand's 'Pacific Rim' cuisine
style takes its inspiration from regions
and countries such as Europe, Thailand,
Malaysia, Indonesia, Polynesia, Japan
and Vietnam. This unique blend of influences
has created a mouth-watering range of
flavours and food available from cafes
and restaurants nationwide.
dishes that have a distinctly New
Zealand style look out for lamb, pork
and venison; salmon, crayfish, Bluff
oysters, paua (abalone), mussels and
scallops; kumara (sweet potato); kiwifruit
and tamarillo; and pavlova, our national
dessert, made from meringue and lashings
of fresh whipped cream topped with
fresh fruit or berries.
the main centres support a few elegant,
silver-service restaurants, the trend
is towards more relaxed cafe-bar dining.
There is a wide variety of international
food available including Japanese,
Indian, Halal, Italian, Mexican, Chinese,
Malaysian, and Thai. There are more
than 900 Asian restaurants throughout
you are here, take the opportunity
to discover more about New Zealand
wines . Our whites wines, particularly
Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, have
achieved an international reputation
for excellence - and the reds are
Discover Wine and Food
Explore the tastes and textures of
New Zealand's innovative culinary
culture. Match seasonal food delicacies
to award-winning local wines.
Most night-spots, restaurants and
cafes serve liquor seven days a week.
You can purchase alcohol from liquor
outlets (beer, wine and spirits) and
supermarkets (beer and wine only)
seven days a week. Legally you must
be 18 years old to buy alcohol or
consume it in a public place, and
you may be asked for a photo-ID.
Life in New Zealand
Lively DJ and band scenes, particularly
in the larger cities, have given New
Zealand's night life a renewed vibrancy.
You will find a variety of night-clubs,
cabarets, pubs, concerts and live
performances to choose from, and there
are also four casinos, in Auckland,
Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown.
To protect people from the health
effects of second-hand smoke, smoking
in all hospitality venues, including
bars, restaurants, cafes, and casinos,
is prohibited in New Zealand. If you
smoke, please remember to smoke outside.
Most cities stage first-class concerts
and shows. Theatre, orchestral concerts,
ballet, rock and jazz are well represented.
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