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Jul 19, 2008 02:55 PM

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?

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  1. Hello Eve,

    Can't tell you much about Auckland (I'm in Wellington) but I'm sure someone can help. Look up and you might find some idea's, also look up 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

    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!


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    1. re: rachelfc

      Don't miss Fleur's Place in Moeraki, a small fishing village just north of Dunedin. Fantastic fish and I love the smoked fish in particular.

      1. re: higgy

        Rick Stein has recently sung the praises of Fleur's - he specifically mentioned it in an interview in Canvas magazine last weekend! Shame I'm in Auckland, I'd love to try it.

    2. You absolutely should go wine tasting on the South Island. I haven't been to Marlborough yet (planning to in the next month) but Central Otago is amazing. Amazing scenery and amazing wine. I've written a couple of blog posts about it.