Food and Wine
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 New Zealand.
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 catching-up
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
Most cities stage first-class concerts and shows. Theatre,
orchestral concerts, ballet, rock and jazz are well