Get a Taste of New Zealand Seafood

Get a Taste of New Zealand Seafood

Written by mighway

When going to an island nation, it makes perfect sense to eat a lot of seafood during your trip.  You will probably experience some of the freshest seafood of your life when visiting the coastal areas on your next adventure to New Zealand.  Be sure to try some of these authentic New Zealand favorites.      

Fish and Chips

Fish and chips is not a very rare dish since it is basically a fish filet that has been put in batter and deep-fried served with some french fries.  It is a very popular dish in New Zealand, and you can find this meal all over the country.  Typically, the fish served up this way in New Zealand are hoki, terakihi, and snapper.  A perfect meal for someone that is not very adventurous when it comes to their palate.  If you are looking to be a bit adventurous with this dish, you can look to add squid rings or scallops to your order.


Tuatua is actually a native shellfish to New Zealand, so this is certainly something you want to give a try while on vacation there.  You probably won’t get a chance to eat this very often.  They offer a mild flavor and a soft, creamy texture.  You can collect these yourself if you are near the beach, but a busy beach might mean you are out of luck to get these for free.  Seafood shops will sell them if you miss out.

Whitebait Fritter

A whitebait fritter is a treat for the truly adventurous seafood lover.  It consists of little fishes that are not quite adults yet as they are translucent, and are cooked up into a fritter.  Typically, this means that they have egg whites added to them as they are cooked in a similar manner to an omelet.

Chocolate Fish

Maybe not a traditional seafood for most people, Kiwis love their sweets, and this is a favorite.  The chocolate fish is a little strawberry marshmallow that is coated in chocolate and shaped like a little fish.

Common Fish in New Zealand

Some of the common types of fish caught fresh include:

  • Butterfish
  • Bluff Oysters
  • Gemfish
  • Longfinned Eel
  • Ghostshark
  • Greenshell Mussel
  • Grey Mullet
  • Hoki
  • Kahawai
  • Orange Roughy
  • Paddle Crab
  • Stargazer
  • Sole
  • Yellowtail Kingfish

During your travels in New Zealand, it is almost criminal to go the whole time without sampling some of the favourite seafood meals available.  There are many different types of seafood to choose from, so be ready to make some difficult choices, but be sure to get a taste of New Zealand seafood.