New Zealand is known for its rugged wilderness and idyllic countryside, but did you know it is also a fabulous gourmet destination? Here are some of the highlights.
Featuring over 120 vineyards, the scenic New Zealand Wine Trail is a great place to sample some world-class varieties. They’re famous for Sauvignon Blanc, but you can also try Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Bordeaux.
Due to their unique and far-flung geography, New Zealand’s distinctive Pacific Rim cuisine blends of European, Asian and Polynesian flavors. Traditional Kiwi cuisine utilizes ingredients from the surrounding waterways and pastures including mussels, bluff oysters and lamb. A local favorite is the Hokey Pokey – a creamy vanilla ice cream laced with pieces of honeycomb. Or satisfy your sweet tooth with a Pavlova, a meringue dessert topped with cream and fresh fruit.
While you can easily find incredible cuisine all year round, consider planning your trip around one of these fun festivals:
- Bluff Oyster Festival, May 26, 2018
- Hawke’s Bay Food and Wine Classic, June 1-24, 2018
- Beervana, August 10-11, 2018
- Visa Wellington on a Plate, August 10-26, 2018
- Taste of Auckland, November 1-4, 2018
- Toast Martinborough, November 18, 2018
Whether you’re an avid chef or foodie or simply a traveler who likes to taste their way around the world, New Zealand is a fabulous destination. Together with our partner Journese, your Stellar Travel advisor can craft your custom vacation, tailored just for you.