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New Zealand - North and South Islands in December

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Hello Dear Chowhounds -
We are making a trip - first time and very excited to New Zealand beginning of December for 15 days. We will start at the North end of the North Island and finish at the South end of the South Island. We want to eat and/or drink our way on the trip. Please help me with any and all suggestions or recommendations. We will definitely plan our trip around food (and the magnificent sights). We are interested in anything, more local than imported, home stays or roadside stops, fresh is best, delish is key. Off the beaten path is good too. If you have a favorite let us know. Hubby is a beer king.

We had an amazing trip in Hawaii thanks to someone who helped us eat our way through the trip.

Thank you for any help you can provide.

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  1. Not going to be much help on the food since I was there at an off time and more in search of golf courses than food. But Wellington is the self proclaimed craft beer capital of New Zealand.
    http://www.craftbeercapital.com/compl...
    http://www.craftbeercapital.com/cbcma...

    1. Thank you for this. Beer crawls are a part of our lives!