The Best Restaurants in New Zealand
Collected by Brett Atkinson , AFAR Local Expert
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 arethe perfect foil to its excellent...
26 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
17 Grantham St, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
Snaga shadyoutdoor table overlooking the slow-moving Waikato River and enjoy excellent tapas at one of regional New Zealand's best restaurants. Expandingfrom a smaller, cozier location on nearby Hood Street, Gothenburg is popular for shared plates...
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 Zealand...
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...
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