Don’t Leave New Zealand Without Trying These (Yummy) Foods
We have been thinking about New Zealand’s delicious treats from the very first day we stepped in China, last September. You might already know we didn’t enjoy Chinese food that much, but I’ve never mentioned how much we’ve been thinking about New Zealand’s junk (and non) food during our 5 months in Asia. Here’s the story. Shortly.
We couldn’t find any special treats in China, except for chocolate (not a large choice though) and Oreo cookies. So every time that we found ourselves dreaming about something different than Chinese food, usually something we had tried in New Zealand during our previous trip, we used to write it down and started a list. A list of all the dreamy foods we were looking forward to eat again once back in New Zealand.
During the last three months around the country we’ve actually gone through our list and tried all those yummy foods all over again, with some additions on the way. The majority of the food I’m going to list here is not the healthiest but I force you to try it anyway! You will regret not tasting it before leaving New Zealand. Some of the foods listed below is from chains so you will likely find it everywhere around the country, but I’m going to point out some typical shops as well so keep an eye on the city, you don’t want to miss it!
*Warning! Read it at your own risk but please note, if you’re hungry right now, this post is not for you. Bookmark it for later for your own safety 😉
Ready? Hungry? Starving? Go!
Don’t Leave New Zealand Without Trying These (Yummy) Foods
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1| Burgers – Burger Fuel
Burger Fuel offers a big range of burgers as well as sides, drinks and desserts. The burgers are very good, with the perfect amount of ingredients and with the right sauces to make sure everything matches. One is more than enough for me, but you might want to add some chips on the side to complete your meal.
2| Drizzled Churro – Toro Churro
I’ve been to Spain years ago and I regret not trying one of their special dessert, the churros! It’s quite embarrassing to say I’ve tried it for the first time in Auckland. I don’t know if they taste as they are supposed to taste but well, I love them!
3| Chocolate Brownie – Pandoro
Look at that! You must be crazy not to try such a thing. Unless you don’t like chocolate, this brownie is something you have to taste at least once. Crunchy outside and super soft inside.
4| Pies – Wild Bean Cafè
New Zealand is the capital of pies, but not everywhere you can find a good one. You’ll find pies in McDonald’s, cafes, even in the supermarkets, but if you’re looking for a fairly good one head to Wild Bean Cafè, situated in many BP fuel stations.
(See locations, BP fuel stations)
5| Satay Chicken – Noodle Canteen
These noodles are super good. A bowl like this costs NZD $ 11,90 and can be easily split. Between us, I haven’t tried noodles as good as these in Asia!
6| Quesadilla – Zambrero
Fresh and spicy. A mixture of meat, vegetables, sauces and cheese to refresh your day. This Mexican chain is all around the country and when you try it you can’t stop! Just a note, portions are not very big.
7| Ice-cream – Joy Ice Cream
I almost missed this place and I have to thank Prue and Rebecca for telling me about it! Joy’s ice-creams are masterpieces with a delicious taste. Who doesn’t like a colorful ice-cream to cheer up the day?
8| Lemon&Paeroa White Chocolate by Whittaker’s
This is my favorite chocolate in the whole world. You think I’m exaggerating? Well maybe I am, but I can’t resist to white chocolate with lemon! The first time I tried this combination was in Sorrento (Italy) and I loved the taste. But what’s different about this block is that the lemon inside the chocolate is crunchy! Too good to be true!
9| Hokey Pokey Ice Cream by Tip Top
Vanilla ice-cream with crunchy honey pieces, this is an award winning product and a kiwi fave! You can find it in any supermarkets and share it with your friends. Once we even melted it and drank it as a milkshake… Not recommended! 😀
10| The Kiwi Dip
The first time I asked what a “dip” was, the people I was talking with asked me: “Don’t you dip your chips in a sauce to enrichen the flavor?” – And then I tried it. And guess what? I bought three sets of dip to bring home! Basically, you mix a can of reduced cream with a pack of cheap onion soup until they combine, then you leave it in the fridge. After 30 minutes, you’re ready to dip your chips in the sauce!
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11| Pizza – Stefano’s
I’m Italian and you can trust me when I say that Stefano’s pizza is the best in New Zealand. At least the best among the ones I’ve tried! Forget Domino’s and Pizza Hut for a second, with few dollars more (around NZD $6,50) you can get a Margherita that really tastes as a Margherita.
12| Pies – The Swiss Bakery & Cafe
Pies pies pies. I can’t get enough of them. The Swiss Bakery & Cafè offers delicious pies and sandwiches, if you’re heading to the Abel Tasman National Park from Nelson, stop here and refill your belly!
13| Mussel Pie – Havelock Inlet Bakery & Cafe
Here I had the best pie ever. Havelock is known for its yummy (and huge!) greenshell mussels. If you like mussels, their pie is for you.
14| Crayfish – Seafood BBQ
I don’t know if it was the sun, the view over the sea or the fresh air, but something made me love this plate. I think I know what it was. The crayfish! Kaikoura is known as the crayfish’s capital of New Zealand. The “Kaikoura Seafood Bbq” is the best place to give it a try. Not only for the view, but also because they have the best prices around!
15| Chocolate Brownie – Doughboys Bakery Cafe
And the prize for the best brownie goes… To Doughboys Bakery Cafe! This is honestly the best brownie I’ve ever tried and I’ve tried many. It’s harder than Pandoro’s brownie and filled with almonds. Peace of mind.
16| Salmon Bagel – The Old Mountaineer’s Cafe
If you go to Mt Cook (and you should!), try the Aoraki smoked salmon. This bagel, enriched with butter, salad, onion and tomato, is the perfect way to sample it.
17| Burgers – Fergburger
Time to mention Fergburger. You probably know where Fergburger is located, but ignore what’s the capital city of New Zealand (Wellington by the way!). Fergburger’s burgers are known to be the best ones in the whole New Zealand. Travelers might skip the beauties of the North Island, but they won’t miss Fergburger. The burgers are really that good, the balance between ingredients and sauces is above expectations and when you finish it, you’ll either cry or have a happy face all day long. Quick note: these burgers are addictive. Ask Marco, who had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
18| Cookies – Cookie Time Bar
Maybe you’ve seen this brand in the supermarkets but there’s only one Cookie Time Bar in New Zealand and that’s in Queenstown! They bake fresh cookies daily and I promise you that the taste is ten times better than the taste these cookies have if bought in packages at the supermarket. You’re going to Queenstown for Fergburger, right? Now you know where to go next!
19| Fudges – The Remarkables Sweet Shop
Sweets of all kind. Boost your day with one of the many fudges in this shop, or grab some candies to share with your friends. Whatever you choose, try it!
20| Ice Cream & Chocolates – Patagonia
Isn’t Queenstown the city of temptations and extreme sports? If you’re still keen to try sweet food, your last (or first!) stop is Patagonia. As you can see an ice-cream can be bigger than your face, but the fun is all about sharing! On a cold day try their hot chocolate with few chocolates on the side, you won’t regret it…
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21| Fish&Chips – Mangonui Fish Shop & Takeaways
This place was voted The Best Restaurant in New Zealand in the Telegraph’s 2010 Best of British Award. Simply put, is it good? Yes and the place is really nice, but it is not the best restaurant in New Zealand. Anyway, even if everything’s deep fried, it is a pretty light Fish&Chips.
22| Lemon Cake & Carrot Cake – Sand Dunz Beach Cafe
Heading to Muriwai to catch the waves, explore the gannet colony or simply watch the sunset? Make your day a little bit sweeter and try the carrot cake or (and!!) the lemon cake. Both are delicious and served with either yoghurt or cream.
23| Pies – Broadway Bakery
I’m pretty sure Stratford is not in your itinerary, unless you’re going to Taranaki. In this case, you might want to add Stratford to your list and stop for a pie or two in the city centre. Be aware! They’re delicious!
24| Fish&Chips – The Chippery
When it comes to fish&chips, the North Island rules. At The Chippery, you can choose your fish, your chips and your home-made sauce to turn a simple meal into a gourmet one.
25| Butter Chicken & Cheese Naan – Taste of India
Love indian food? This place is where you’re going to have the best indian food in Wellington. Situated next to the Base Backpacker, it’s a short walk from Courtenay Place.
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WORTH A MENTION
Well, this ended up being quite a long list! I think I wouldn’t be able to write down such a long one for any other countries actually, Italy included! Anyway, next thing you need to do is to point all these places on a map and try at least 5 of them. Don’t leave New Zealand without trying these foods, you’ll regret it! And then? Let me know how you did 🙂
I’ve learnt two things while writing this article. Number one: I can’t write about food, it makes my mouth watering! Number two: I need more of those yummy things to try next time, so please let me know if you’ve tried something I haven’t listed here in the comments below 🙂
Thank you for reading.