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The Best Restaurants in New Zealand

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Bracingly fresh wines, just-picked organic vegetables, and local cheeses are served alongside Indian curries and Indonesian noodles in New Zealand's increasingly cosmopolitan cities. While touring vineyards, stop for food and wine paired perfectly with stunning landscapes. Wine lists are, as expected, top notch in every part of the country.
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86 clifton Rd Te Awanga, Haumoana 4172, New Zealand
The Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand's North Island features many excellent vineyard restaurants, but Elephant Hill certainly enjoys the area's most spectacular location. Facing the Pacific Ocean on the Te Awanga coast, it boasts stellar views of...
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1431 SH 1, Rd 5h 9493, New Zealand
A short drive north of the South Island town of Oamaru, Riverstone Kitchen is often lauded as one of New Zealand's best regional restaurants. The stylish dining room is anchored by a robust fireplace crafted from local river stones, and much of...
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554 Frankton Rd, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
Welcome to one of Queenstown's most versatile venues. Formerly a 1980s motel—check out the quirky Tudor-style exterior—Sherwood's now been reborn as a stylish destination in a hilltop location around two miles from the center...
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Te Nuku, 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
Combining fine-dining flair with the relaxed ambience of a mountain resort town, Rata in Queenstown is one of the New Zealand eateries operated by well-known Kiwi chef Josh Emett. With a CV that includes cooking stints in the United States and...
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8 London St, Lyttelton 8082, New Zealand
Venture to the slightly rough harbor town of Lyttelton near Christchurch for some of the country's most innovative and inspirational degustation menus. The intensely seasonal options constantly evolve—often on a daily basis—and tasting...
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130 Hammerichs Rd, Rapaura 7272, New Zealand
Handily located a short drive from Blenheim in the midst of the Marlborough wine region, Rock Ferry boasts a pleasant garden setting that's a perfect place to stop for lunch between tasting excursions (likely involving the excellent local...
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262 Wakefield St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
There's no shortage of great eateries in the New Zealand capital—reputedly Wellington has more cafés and restaurants per person than New York City—and Field & Green is a popular option for the city's discerning diners. With...
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609 SH 16, Kumeu 0891, New Zealand

Given the Tasting Shed's close proximity to some of the best vineyards of the West Auckland wine region, it follows that the restaurant's menu incorporates flavors, from Asia and across the Mediterranean, that are the perfect foil to its...

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76 Onetangi Rd, Onetangi, Auckland 1971, New Zealand

An easy 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, Waiheke Island combines art galleries, coastal hiking, kayaking, and edge-of-the-vineyard opportunities for relaxed lunches. Reached by a winding, unpaved road, Te Motu Vineyard is renowned...

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70 - 72 Onetangi Road, Onetangi, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1971, New Zealand
Waiheke Island's glowing reputation as an arty and bohemian refuge away from New Zealand's biggest and most cosmopolitan city is being further bolstered by excellent vineyard restaurants. Accessed by a sweeping, tree-lined entrance...
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196 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand
Welcome to Auckland's most eclectically decorated restaurant, a quirky and stylish combination of retro-Euro-chic ski lodge and colonial Shanghai. Such disparate design elements shouldn't work together, but they do, and there's an equally...
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26 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Behind a very discreet entrance on Auckland's Ponsonby Road eating-and-drinking strip, the slim and stylish interior of Azabu is enlivened only by big-format photos of Tokyo, which rightly leaves the emphasis on the Japanese-Peruvian-fusion...
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5 Fort Ln, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Often lauded as Auckland's best restaurant, Cassia boasts modern Indian plates that offer a stellar and spicy step up from a neighborhood curry house. The childhood culinary memories of chef Sid Sahrawat are channeled here into contemporary dishes...
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17 Grantham St, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
Snag a shady outdoor table overlooking the slow-moving Waikato River and enjoy excellent tapas at one of regional New Zealand's best restaurants. Expanding from a smaller, cozier location on nearby Hood Street, Gothenburg is popular...
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16 Majoribanks St, Mount Victoria, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Hardly a "shack," the stylish and cosmopolitan Ortega is a superb place to dine in New Zealand's capital city. Of course, seafood is a major focus on the menu, with highlights including lobster-and-prawn ravioli, or sautéed paua (New...
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10 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Rd, Frankton, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand
Here's where to fulfill your fantasy of a glass of fine Central Otago pinot noir amid semi-alpine views of New Zealand's South Island. In cooler weather, seated near a cozy fire in Amisfield's dining room is the place to be; during summer, the...
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40 Hastings St, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1931, the relaxed port city of Napier is New Zealand's capital of art deco design and architecture. Nestled amidst the heritage shopfronts of its compact downtown area is one of the country's most...