Food and Wine Experiences in New Zealand

Food and Wine Experiences in New Zealand
Kimberly

Written by Kimberly

Are you looking for some fun and quintessential food and wine experiences in New Zealand? Rent a campervan and indulge in some of our local specialties. There are so many things to do in New Zealand, so read about all the food and wine you can enjoy while on tour.

Wine

When you visit New Zealand, you should try and make some time for wine-tasting. There are over ten wine regions, spanning both the North and South Island. Depending on the region you visit and local climate, you will find some great Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Riesling along the way.

Choose a region or two that you would really like to visit and have a leisurely experience enjoying both distinctive wines and the Kiwi cuisine. Majority of New Zealand’s wineries will have restaurants featuring local food to make your day even more enjoyable.

Artisan Cheese

New Zealand’s small-scale artisan cheeses are handcrafted using traditional methods. Cheesemakers here are known for producing award-winning cheese from cow, sheep, goat and buffalo milk.

If you are a cheese-lover, visit some of our cheesemakers and explore the area. You’ll be rewarded with some exquisite cheese, as well as spectacular scenery. You will find something to please your palette — including fresh, washed rind, bloomy rind, semi-hard and cheeses aged over three years.

Plan a day trip with this cheese trail map. And if you don’t have time for touring, make a stop at Canterbury Cheesemongers in Ferrymead. They offer many of New Zealand’s fantastic artisan cheeses.

Cheese, New Zealand

Lamb

New Zealand is well-known for its grazing sheep. In fact, the sheep outnumber New Zealand’s population. New Zealand lamb is prized for its exceptional flavour, due to being raised on lush, green pastures. Kiwi lamb is 100 percent grass-fed and grass-finished.

If you enjoy great quality meat, then you shouldn’t pass up on the opportunity to try some New Zealand lamb. Local restaurants will often source their meat from local farmers, otherwise if you prefer to cook you could visit one of the local butcher shops.

Seafood

New Zealand is famous for its seafood delicacies. Your campervan journey won’t be complete without sampling the green-lipped mussels, Bluff oysters, scallops, crayfish (rock lobster) or whitebait fritters.

Whatever your preferred experience — from restaurant dining to takeaways on the beach — you will be able to enjoy some of the most amazing seafood in the world.

mussels, New Zealand

Hangi

A Hangi is a delicious, time-honoured Maori way of long-roasting a combination of meats and vegetables in an underground pit for 3-4 hours. If you are interested in participating in a Hangi, there are a few Maori cultural experiences available.

Experience the bounty of New Zealand while exploring our diverse land. At Mighway, we offer peer-to-peer motorhome and campervan rentals. If you’d like to rent a motorhome or campervan for your New Zealand journey, contact us today. Otherwise, read our great article on top Kiwi food to try on the road.