Food is a big reason to cruise with Azamara, and New Zealand is a great example why. Its capital city serves up globally inspired dishes as well as local fare drawing on the traditional staples of lamb, pork, venison, salmon, and other fish. Cooking here doesn’t get more authentic than Maori Hangi, a style in which meals are prepared in a deep hole lined with red-hot stones and burning wood and covered in vegetation. Inside, meats, seafood, and vegetables steam for several hours, lending a smoky flavor. You’ll need something to wash it all down, and wine would be a natural choice. After all, many of New Zealand’s finest wines are cultivated in vineyards around Auckland, notably on Waiheke Island, a 35-minute scenic ferry ride from downtown. Stroll through the deep-green vineyards with the sea breeze in your hair, then cozy up for a taste of world-class Chardonnay, intense red Bordeaux-blends, and sophisticated Syrah.
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