Winter in New Zealand
We are soon leaving for a three week trip to Auckland and South Island and have read postings with great interest. However---things are different in "winter"!!!! Does anyone have knowledge of food/wine/dining things to do when it is cold, rainy, snowy?
Can't tell you much about Auckland (I'm in Wellington) but I'm sure someone can help. Look up www.cuisine.co.nz and you might find some idea's, also look up www.aatravel.co.nz and click on 101 must see's for Kiwi's and that'll link you in to a fair few idea's. There's a month by month events calendar on www.newzealand.co.nz.
Sometimes Winter is wild, sometimes its mild- sometimes both in one day- I was out in my t-shirt this moring and this afternoon I have the fires roaring!
If you don't already know, Kiwi life is quite casual and non-posh, and the best food to me is the sort that you have worked up an appetite for by long walks, kayaking, bike rides and skiing- especially if log fires and hot spas are involved! That might not be your cup of tea though.
Well many of the vineyards are open year round- there are plenty in the South Island near the top of the Island in Nelson/Marlborough. Also in an area a bit further down called Waipara- near Hanmer Springs, where you can soak in the spa year round. Further down in the Central Otago region- pinot noir and lamb or venison or rabbit in a thymey sauce..... I'm hungry now, can you tell?
Let me know how it goes!