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New Zealand Culinary Road Trip

Tour the far reaches of New Zealand, where oysters are plentiful, roads are wide open, and everyone has a story to tell.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  In New Zealand, everything has a way of feeling personal, intimate, connected. The country’s image handlers have done a great job... more »

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Points of Interest

A meal at this award-winning restaurant is a must when touring the eclectic Black Barns Winery, which boasts a summer concert venue, a modern Kiwi art gallery, and local farmers’ market.

Address:
Black Barn Rd., RD 12
Havelock North
New Zealand

Phone:
64-6-877-7985

Black Barn is many things: winery, summer concert venue, modern Kiwi art gallery, restaurant, local farmers’ market, and lodging. What makes it all work is that it feels like a personal project, a kind of curated lifestyle, tastefully conceived and stylishly executed.

Address:
Black Barn Rd.
Havelock North
New Zealand

Phone:
64-6-877-7985

A modern restaurant with sweeping vistas across the gulf.

Address:
12 Nick Johnstone Dr.
Oneroa
New Zealand

Phone:
64-9-372-5889

All but unknown in America, Eagles Nest is famous in New Zealand for its setting (directly on the water in the placidly beautiful Bay of Islands), the scale of its five freestanding villas (the smallest is 1,107 square feet), and its aesthetic profile (brusquely modern and acres of glass). With villas sporting full up-to-the-minute kitchens and... More

The view alone is worth the detour: outdoor tables overlook a glassy pool, down past the rows of grapevines, and out to a thin ribbon of blue sea. It feels like a colorful hybrid of Thailand and Provence.

Address:
86 Clifton Rd.
Te Awanga
New Zealand

Phone:
64-6-873-0400

6. Martin Bosley’s Restaurant

Martin has a goatee and a winking, genial gruffness. His restaurant occupies the glass-walled dining room of a 126-year-old yacht club. The room is tidy but unpretentious, dominated by views of swaying sailboats and old sheds once used by the American navy. The focus, however, is on what’s on the plate, which mostly comes out of the waters around ... More

A 13-suite hotel in a Victorian house not far from Ponsonby.

Address:
6 Tweed St.
Auckland
New Zealand

Phone:
64-9-376-3489

Vegetables grown on-site, and a great view of the Hauraki Gulf.

Address:
126 Church Bay Rd.
Oneroa
New Zealand

Phone:
64-9-372-9050

Set on 30 acres amid soft, sheep-speckled hills that look like the backdrop for a Masterpiece Theatre production of a Jane Austen heartbreaker, Otahuna Lodge is one of the finest examples of Queen Anne architecture in Australia. The interiors celebrate the Arts and Crafts movement: embossed green-and-gold William Morris wallpaper in the grand... More

Pinot Noir wine and locally sourced food in a garden setting.

Address:
263 Stockgrove Rd.
Waipara
New Zealand

Phone:
64-3-314-6869

11. Terrôir, Havelock North

Craggy Range Winery’s restaurant has a wood-fired oven turning out great roasted meats.

Address:
253 Waimarama Rd., Craggy Range Winery
Havelock North
New Zealand

Phone:
64-6-873-0143

12. Westin Auckland Lighter Quay

The understated 172-room hotel sits on Auckland’s downtown marina.

Address:
21 Viaduct Harbour Ave.
Auckland
New Zealand

Phone:
(800) 228-3000