Well, it’s been a bit over a week since we left New Zealand. That means it’s time to share all the things we ate (and drank) during our visit. New Zealand is one of the most expensive countries we planned to visit on this trip, so we cooked the majority of our meals in the kitchen at our hostel. However, we did venture out a few times and found some local gems.
At Our Hostels
Jenny perfected her fried eggs (with Lantana of Texas seasoning…yup she brought that along) which we had for breakfast pretty regularly. She was a pro at this before our trip, but when you’re working with hostel-provided cookware, it’s a bit more tricky. Breakfast typically included avocado toast (we could eat this forever!). Many of our lunches were PBJ’s (ideal for hiking) and fruit. For dinner we tried a variety of things… stir fry, pasta with veggies and chicken and sometimes deli sandwiches or grilled cheese sandwiches. We also consumed a ton of cheese.
Britomart Country Club (BCC)
When Anna and Adam took us out in Auckland, we stopped by this place after our trip to Devonport. We mostly focused on the beers, but also got some tasty pizzas, fries and chorizo snacks. The location was great, the food was tasty and the company was even better!
Cable Bay Vineyards
We spent a day exploring various wineries on Waiheke Island (which you may have read about here). At the end of the tours, we stopped at Cable Bay to take in the amazing views, share a bottle of wine and devour a late lunch. We opted for one of our favorite things – a mezze platter with a variety of snacking foods. It was tasty and beautiful!
Off the Track
In Napier we went to Off the Track with Mandy, Ben and Maddie. It was Mandy’s birthday when we arrived and this was a great way to celebrate! We took the opportunity to try a variety of tapas and platters since we had several people to share with. We got mussels, scallops, shrimp, lamb, filet, a variety of other meats, cheeses, olives, bread, veggies… the list is never-ending! Since Hawke’s Bay is a well-known wine region, we also made sure to sample a few local wines while we were there.
We extended Mandy’s birthday celebration with a visit to some wineries near Napier. At one stop we ordered a lunch for the three of us that consisted of… guess what… a sampler platter! Jenny gave the mussels a taste test to make sure they were safe, then we all dug in and enjoyed as we drank wine and caught up.
After we finished the Ben Lomond hike in Queenstown we hit up Fergburger. This place is well-known in Queenstown, famous for it’s burgers and long queue. We timed it just right and didn’t have to wait too long to get two burgers the size of our heads and some fries. And it didn’t take us long to inhale the entire burger after hiking for over 6 hours!
This was epic. We heard from a fellow traveler that pizza was amazing at this restaurant in Queenstown, then online reviews confirmed the same thing. After our lazy day of sitting in our bunks doing nothing, we decided to go here and have some pizza. Some pizza. Ha! It was happy hour when we arrived, so we ordered a few beers and their Parmesan curly fries that were on special. They were huge… we should have realized then what we were getting ourselves in to. We continued with a few more beers. Then ordered our pizza. We decided on a 20 inch (12 inch would NOT be enough) split between with 2 of their specialty pizzas. Here’s the description on the 2 we chose:
Cheesy Badgers Cheesy Cheese 5 Cheese Pizza: Cheddar, NZ Mozzarella, Feta, Ricotta, with crusted Parmesan
The Smokey Badger: Italian Sausage, Pepperoni, Roast Ham, Chicken, Spicy Beef, Thick Cut Bacon, a Smokey BBQ Swirl, All Topped Off With NZ Mozzarella.
Needless to say the pizza was giant and amazing. We ate a ton, then packaged up the rest for leftovers the next day. They were pretty darn delicious left over for breakfast and lunch.
As far as the beer and wines we tried… the list is long. New Zealand is well known for a lot of its wines, so we stayed pretty busy sampling those. Here are some of our favorite drinks, bars and vineyards we visited.
In Paihia, this was the first bar we tried in New Zealand. It had a great patio, was close to the beach, happy hour beers, free wifi and was directly next to our hostel.
All of Waiheke Island
We visited a few different wineries and loved each of them for their own reasons. More on this great visit is in this blog post.
Speight’s Summit Lager
This beer was suggested to us while we were staying in Rotorua. It quickly became a favorite and our regular go-to beer when we hit the stores in each town. Jenny was a champ and carried it back to our hostel, the Funky Green Voyager, after our long day’s visit to Wai-O-Tapu.
Near Napier, the grounds of this vineyard are stunning. We tried a ton of wines and settled on a few to take home with us to drink on Mandy and Ben’s patio as we overlooked Napier.
This wins on the atmosphere card for sure. Located in Queenstown, this bar is actually a boat floating on the lake, overlooking the mountains. The views are amazing, the beer is cold and they provided blankets during a chilly, windy rooftop visit.
~ Kerry & Jenny