New Zealand’s mix of diverse cultures creates a melting pot of ethnic foods. With inspiration from Europe, Asia and Polynesia, Kiwi chefs take an innovative approach to blending international influences with traditional fare to create impressive Pacific Rim cuisine.
A strong emphasis is put on freshly harvested produce, along with top-quality dairy, beef, lamb and seafood products. Organic and artisan foods are popular, and regional specialties and homegrown produce can be discovered at local farmers’ markets.
New Zealand is well known as a producer of premium wine. There are eight main grape-growing regions throughout the country, with many vineyards offering wine tasting, tours and dining in picturesque settings.
New Zealand celebrates creative cuisine and quality wine with several annual festivals throughout the country, including the famous West Coast Wild Foods Festival, the Auckland Seafood Festival, Taste New Zealand and regional wine festivals such as the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival and Toast Martinborough.