Collected by Christian Mirasol, AFAR Local Expert
90 Federal St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
The hardest thing about dining at Masu is deciding which of the three kitchens you'd like to choose from. Do what we did - some palate cleansers from the Sushi Bar in front of you, followed by a few shared plates from the Kitchen (recommendation:...
Forresters Ln, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
A throwback to the roarin' twenties, you can find (or maybe not find) an emerging speakeasy-style bar culture hitting the streets in Wellington. Themed bars that you would never know about or find unless someone told you first are all the rage....
789 Main S Rd, Canterbury 8042, New Zealand
While there are plenty of places to get fancy meals and elegant drinks, outside Christchurch there exists a place for the child in all of us—a cookie factory. Home to the biggest cookie in the entire world, they have buckets of every kind of...
182 Wakefield St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Burn a few calories while adding many more during Zest’s Walking Gourmet tour of downtown. A guide will share local secrets (Did you know Wellington has more bars, restaurants, and cafés per capita than New York?) while you sample honey and...
10 Queen St, Auckland 0920, New Zealand
1, 53 Courtenay Pl, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
My go-to spot for after-work drinks is the Library in Wellington, and no, not the public library. Right on Courteney Place, there is a nondescript sign reading "The Library" in front of a simple doorway with several staircases. If you know what to...
169 Haven St, Moeraki 9482, New Zealand
Straight from the boat to your plate, it doesn't get any better than this. Fleur Sullivan's fantastic restaurant on the water in tiny Moeraki Village on the coast of North Otago (near Dunedin) is truly a destination restaurant. Plan your trip...
Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand
On Sunday mornings from 9am-1pm, Mt. Maunganui has a local farmers market within the car park on its main road, Mt. Maunganui rd. You’ll find everything from local produce to fresh juices made on the spot, from decadent Belgium waffles to...
33 Sale St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
The restaurant’s decor plays with industrial roughness and sumptuous luxury in a really intelligent way. Rich leathers and curtains of black cord enfold each round table, while overhead concrete beams and ductwork are left exposed. I love to...
210 Symonds St, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
What you need to plan when coming to Auckland, in order of importance: 1) Book flights, 2) Reserve a table at The French Café, 3) Book accommodations. If you're serious about food, then chances are "The French Café" has already...
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