Our Pick of Restaurants & Cafes:
Open the Map of New Zealand Tourist Hot Spots page, click on your destination to check out where to eat.
We have selected a range of Restaurants and Cafes using the following criteria :
- Innovative menu.
- Tasty food, freshly prepared.
- Friendly and helpful service.
- Locally roasted coffee.
- Comprehensive wine list, featuring local wines.
- Welcoming ambience.
- Good location.
For a quality meal in a café or restaurant, you can expect to pay:
Breakfast main: Up to $20
Lunch main: $15 - $30
Dinner main: $25 - $45
Eating Out Tips:
When choosing a café or restaurant, we try to look at the menu beforehand, and are always on the look-out for places where the owner is also the chef. We also keep an eye out for :
- Busy restaurants with lots of local patrons. If the locals like it, it’s bound to be good.
- Smiling and helpful staff.
- Not too many food choices on the menu. A large menu can mean that the food is not freshly prepared.
- Lots of people eating and happy sounds when you arrive. Too many tables waiting for their food means a long wait, and potentially bad service.
Organic Vineyards and Wineries in New Zealand
Restaurants and Cafes:
The Far North -- Whangarei -- Bay of Islands -- Auckland
Coromandel -- Waitomo Caves -- New Plymouth -- Rotorua
Taupo -- Mount Maunganui -- Whakatane -- Eastland -- Napier
Wairarapa -- Wellington
South Island Restaurants and Cafes:
Marlborough -- Marlborough Sounds -- Nelson -- Abel Tasman
Golden Bay -- West Coast -- Wanaka -- Queenstown -- Te Anau
Milford Sound -- Dunedin -- Mt Cook -- Christchurch -- Akaroa
Hanmer Springs -- Kaikoura
Though raising sheep is firmly entrenched in our national profile, our country’s reputation for its wine and gourmet foods now features just as prominently. While you’re travelling, make sure you visit our premier wine and food regions, such as Waiheke Island, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Martinborough, Marlborough and Otago to sample the best we have to offer. Check out the stalls at the local farmers’ markets for a delightful array of locally produced goodies, the cafes which offer casual dining at reasonable prices, the restaurants where à la carte menus and full table service promise a full evening’s outing, and fine dining establishments for a special night out. As a general rule, café style eateries do not accept bookings, it’s first come, first served. At restaurants, reservations are recommended, definitely on Friday and Saturday. In all but the finest eateries, serving staff are not usually professionally trained, but they should be friendly and attentive. Tipping is not generally expected, but we always leave a small tip (it’s always appreciated) when the food and service are very good. Though eating out is fun, don’t forget the simple pleasures. New Zealand is a country full of scenic delights, and there are plenty of road-side rest areas along the way. A picnic basket, thermos flask and folding chairs are worth their weight in gold when you’re keen to enjoy our Great Outdoors.North Island
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