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Indian Veg food in South Island, Newzealand.

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New Delhi, India
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Indian Veg food in South Island, Newzealand.

Help please,

Any recommendations for Indian vegetarian food in Kaikuora, Mount cook and Wanaka? Am traveling with my parents who are strict vegetarians. Restaurants, take aways, home cooked meals all suggestions are welcome.

Thanks

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Nelson, New Zealand
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1. Re: Indian Veg food in South Island, Newzealand.

Kaikoura and Wanaka each have at least two Indian restaurants. At Aoraki/Mt Cook there will be other vegetarian dishes avaialble.

To find recommened restaurants go to the forum for the town then click on the tab to the left of the page which says restaurants.

Currently you are on the Chch forum so if you click on restaurants you will find most Chch restaurants listed, scroll through to find Indian cuisine.

Christchurch, New...
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2. Re: Indian Veg food in South Island, Newzealand.

Or try www.dineout.co.nz.

Auckland
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3. Re: Indian Veg food in South Island, Newzealand.

You can get microwave meals from the supermarket. The Taste of India dahls are quite nice, they are normally in the international food section and come in a black tub.

Mumbai (Bombay...
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4. Re: Indian Veg food in South Island, Newzealand.

Can I carry some simple home food items from India to NZ? We are a big group traveling and some of us have food restrictions. Please let me know if I will face problems at the airport with customs etc.

Dallas, Texas
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5. Re: Indian Veg food in South Island, Newzealand.

Your definition of "simple food items" is probably different that the NZ government's definition.

You must declare all food items upon arrival. The Immigration and Customs agents will determine if those items are allowed in the country.

By declaring food you will certainly delay your entry during the arrivals process. You will be asked to show the food items. By not declaring them you are subject to immediate fines which start at $400.

NZ is a tourist destination with visitors from many countries. You will have no problem finding vegetarian dishes, NZ supermarkets can provide what you need if restaurant meals are not satisfactory.

Woodend, New Zealand
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6. Re: Indian Veg food in South Island, Newzealand.

I would suggest that you do not bring any food into NZ because this can lead to long delays at Border controls. I will be very surprised if you have trouble purchasing all your needs here in NZ. If you make a mistake and leave some food items off the declaration form you will be charged $400kiwi per item. As many New Zealanders love Indian food you will be pleasantly surprised at the large number of Indian Restaurants nationwide

Dallas, Texas
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7. Re: Indian Veg food in South Island, Newzealand.

I've never seen a place on the form to declare specific items. It's a single question that applies to all food.

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Perth, Australia
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8. Re: Indian Veg food in South Island, Newzealand.

In Wanaka - The Spice Room and Bombay Palace are both good, and both offer vegetarian options

NZ is very vegetarian friendly.

Christchurch, New...
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9. Re: Indian Veg food in South Island, Newzealand.

If you tick the box that you have food then they will ask you what you have, and probably inspect it. All food must be declared - if you don't declare it and they find it (eg with the biosecurity dogs, or in the xray machines) you will be fined and/or could be charged.

If you declare it but it is not allowed in you won't be in trouble, but you will lose the items. In general the following won't be allowed in: fruit and vegetables, seeds, nuts, spices, herbs, meat, eggs or egg products, dairy products, honey, and mushrooms / fungi.

You should be able to find almost everything you are after in supermarkets or specialty stores in NZ. I wouldn't bother trying to bring food in.

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10. Re: Indian Veg food in South Island, Newzealand.

I am vegetarian and have no trouble with meals in restaurants or in the supermarkets. All Indian restaurants I have been to serve vegetarian meals. Definitely check though on the website, foods that you cannot bring into New Zealand - it will make your exit through customs much easier, and as others have said, declare all food. I think though that you will find what you need here. We also have specialised Asian grocery stores that may sell what you need.

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