11 Totally Kiwi Foods to Try in New Zealand

New Zealand is so much more than rolling hills, snowy mountains and Lord of the Rings. The breathtaking nation is also home to an amazing array of rare culinary treasures that you’ll struggle to find anywhere else in the world.

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1. Pavlova

A crumbly shell filled with a fluffy meringue, stacked with fresh cream and seasonal fruits, pavlova will put your head in the clouds. The contrast of the flavours and the textures is just too delicious to even imagine.


2. Fush and Chups

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Perhaps better known by it’s English name of “fish and chips” this New Zealand twist on the classic deep-fried fish is a can’t miss meal. As you’ll never be more than 140km from a beach during your stay, it’s no wonder why New Zealand is famous for their battered, fresh fish. Gastro-enthusiasts will have a range of batters and marinades to choose from and for those of you wondering what the difference between a french fry and a “chip” is…prepare to be amazed.

3. Lamington

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There has been a long-standing debate as to whether this coconut deliciousness is technically Australian or Kiwi. But after much historical research, debate, and consultation, we have to give it to the New Zealanders. A light vanilla sponge cake, rippled with jam, covered in chocolate icing and smothered in desiccated coconut, these delicious cakes go down so easily that you won’t be able to stop at just one.

4. Fish

But hang on, isn’t fish already on the list? We see how that could appear to be a mistake, but this is a whole different ballgame entirely. We’re talking about chocolate fish; a fish-shaped delight that is jam-packed with strawberry marshmallow, coated in chocolate and cherished in the hearts of every Kiwi’s inner child. But let it be noted that you don’t need to be a child to enjoy these marshmallow miracles.

5. Feijoas

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Fei-what? Such a difficult name for such a delicious fruit, but we’re here to help: feijoas is actually pronounced Fee-Joe-Ahs. Don’t let their South American origin fool you, this fruit is 100% Kiwi. Pun intended. The flavour of this avocado doppelgänger is a blend of pineapple, guava and strawberry, so you know that they’re going to taste incredible.

6. Hokey Pokey Ice Cream

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Hokey Pokey, a flavour explosion of smooth vanilla ice cream rippled with chunky bits of honeycomb toffee, has been mending broken hearts since the 19th century. If you’ve never tried it, we highly recommend you give it a go on your next trip to New Zealand. In the meantime, you best get to work inventing a portable freezer, because once you try it you’ll never know how to live without it again.

7. Kiwis

I know it must be tricky for you to know which “Kiwi” we’re referring to right now but we’re talking kiwifruit. Our love for this yummy New Zealand icon is utterly insatiable. With its furry skin, bright green vibrant flesh speckled with small black seeds and a crisp white core, this superfood has a distinct flavour, making it both sour and sweet with every single mouthful. While this fruit is refreshing on its own, we recommend enjoying it alongside one of New Zealand’s famous pavlovas.

8. Lamb

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Ok so wherever you are in the world, there’s most likely lamb available to enjoy. However it’s made the list because you’ve never really tried lamb until you’ve tried it in New Zealand. In a country where there are twenty-two sheep to every person, you can imagine that the Kiwis know their way around a great cut of lamb. Roasted, marinated, barbecued or braised, your palate will celebrate the amazing flavours with every bite.

9. Jaffas

Found at any supermarket, these sweet treats break the chains of confection convention. Are they a candy? Are they a chocolate? Who cares. They’re delicious. Jaffas are a dark chocolate ball coated in an orange flavoured shell and native to New Zealand. The more you travel New Zealand, the more you realise that there is a jaffa-flavoured version of just about everything.

10. Whittaker’s Peanut Slab

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What appears as a bite-sized chocolate bar, is a little chocolate treat that packs a peanut punch. Voted one of New Zealand’s most trusted brands, the smooth, creamy milk chocolate and roasted peanuts are a match made in heaven.

11. Whitebait Fritter

Despite New Zealand’s abundance of fresh seafood, whitebait has become a national favourite. This New Zealand comfort classic is renowned for its clean flavour, crispy texture and melt-in-your-mouth goodness when served drizzled in fresh-squeezed lemon juice and garlic aioli.

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A citizen of the world, Ella has a passion for all things travel, music, fashion and food. When she's not hard at work as a badass M.C (Marketing Coordinator), she enjoys long walks on the beach, online shopping, real-life shopping and exploring new hole-in-the-wall cafes.

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