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Sep 25, 2007 06:34 PM

Best places to eat in NZ??

We're going to NZ during the holidays and would like some ideas of restaurants with good food & wine and cool atmosphere in; (all kind of foods; local, seafood, asian, meat)

Queenstown, Rotorua, Ohakune, Wellington, Kaikoura and Auckland

We're travelling with 2 kids (8&13) so not too fancy&strict.

thx in advance...........

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  1. Hi

    Here are just a few suggestions off the top of my head.

    Auckland - Ponsonby and the Viaduct are the places to go for good food - Chapel, Andiamo and GPK in Ponsonby are my picks. Also Ken Yakitori (Japanese) located on K Road.

    Rotorua has a nice restaurant out on the water at Lake Tarawera (about 15 minutes from town) - beautiful view over the lake.

    Christchurch - Chinwag Eathai in High Street is great but you will need to book in advance. The "Fish and Chip Shop" in His Lordship's Lane is also neat for a nostalgic look at NZ food. "Mu" on Leichfield Street is great for steak.

    Queenstown - The Cow is great for pizzas. Mt Difficulty in Bannockburn is great for lunch - beautiful veiws, food and wine. Amisfield winery at Lake Hayes is also great

    I really enjoy the food of these places, but that is also coupled with the ambience. These places are not stuffy or too expensive and they would all suit kids of your age.

    Hope this helps!

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    1. re: jojo500

      Try Monsoon Poon on the Viaduct in Auckland (there's also one in Wellington, on Blair Street).

      In Wellington, I recommend Chow (Tory Street or Woodward Street) for good Asian-fusion, Little India for excellent curry, and Grand Century (also on Tory Street) for fantastic dim sum (it's called yum cha in New Zealand).

    2. Wellington Area. My husband and I were on holiday last March. Our friend started us off at St. John's Bar for before dinner drinks. They serve food here, but went for a very enjoyable dinner at Monsoon Poon. Their menu offers several South East Asian selections. We shared a combo platter as a starter while we waited for our table, then got serious at the dinner table with the beef rendang, malabar fish curry and thai yellow chicken curry.

      A few days later our friend took us to La Bella Italia in Petone, north of Wellington. A combination cafe/deli/market, it is casual and family-friendly, with good food and wine selection. We shared a beautiful antipasti platter, salad and a bottle of wine. After lunch we drove around and got an insider's tour of Wellington. We ended up at The Bach (a little seaside cafe on The Esplanade) for a round of flat whites before heading back to his place for supper.

      Auckland area. We found lots of places to choose from in Ponsonby. We had a wonderful dinner one evening at Estasi, reasonably priced.

      We also took the (Fuller) Ferry over to Devonport. The ferry departs every 30 minutes on either end, and is about a 15 minute ride. They have a family round trip fare for $25NZ. We found lots of cafes on Victoria Road and Church Street but the smell of fresh baked bread at the Devonport Stone Oven Bakery and Cafe is what drew us in for lunch. Great casual atmosphere and family friendly.

      Enjoy your holiday!

      St. John's Bar
      5 Cable Street, Wellington

      Monsoon Poon
      12 Blair Street – off Courtenay Place, Wellington

      La Bella Italia
      10 Nevis Street, Petone (Lower Hutt

      222 Ponsonby Road

      Devonport Stone Oven Bakery and Cafe
      5 Clarence Street, Devonport

      1. Hi, I think the best thing is to buy an annual magazine put out by Cuisine (see called "Wine country". Despite its title it actually has fantastic recommendations of restaurants (and other foodie things to do) all around the country. Great places in Auckland (Ponsonby Rd) are Dizengoff, Prego, SPQR, Thai Village, Saffron...
        Have a great time.

        1. Hi and thx for all your suggestions! Looking forward to go, only 1 1/2 month left now...


          1. Auckland has some great Asian food halls that are cheap and tasty with great atmosphere. They are as far removed form a shopping mall food court as you can get. My favourite is Food Alley in central Auckland (9-11, Albert St, Auckland City). The Ponsonby International Food Court is good (106 Ponsonby Road) - it also has Italian and authentic Mexican food.

            One of my favourite restaurants in Auckland is Satya South Indian Restaurant (2 locations - 271 Karangahape Rd and 17 Great North Rd, Newton. There is a 3rd location in Sandringham but these 2 are closest to the CBD). You have to try the Dahi Puri and/or the Bel Puri for entrees - crispy, crunchy, tangy and mouthwatering. For the mains, the green bean coconut curry is something we always order when my family go there. The dosas are fantastic too. You can ask for your food mild if the kids don't like spicy food. Prices are reasonable and the food is healthy and fresh-tasting.

            Here is a link you might find interesting - a list of NZ's Top 100 food-related things as decided by New Zealand's Cuisine magazine - <<>>. Hope you have a fabulous holiday.

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            1. re: Billy33

              Also - forgot to mention this - check out for ideas.