are plentiful in New Zealand, especially in Auckland, Wellington, and
Christchurch. Almost all resort towns offer good quality eateries that
feature various types of cuisine, most notably Chinese, Indian, Thai and
Italian. A lot of restaurants are reasonably priced with the exception
of some hotel restaurants.
Some places display
the sign 'BYO' at the door or glass panel. BYO means 'bring your own'
bottle, and indicate that a restaurant is licensed for the consumption,
though not the sale, of alcohol. At BYO restaurants you will be charged
a small corkage fee for supplying glasses and a corkscrew.
Below are just
some of New Zealand's best restaurants :
333 Parnell Road
Tel: 09-379 8756
Elegant, highly innovative gourmet restaurant located in a busy shopping
43 Ponsonby Road
Tel: 09-367 8370
Asian-influenced New Zealand cuisine with a long wine list and contemporary
129 Hurtsmere Road.
Tel: 09-489 3104
Located in the suburb of Takapuna, the tuna steak with Chinese vegetables
72 Jervois Road
Tel: 09-376 2049
One of the city's best restaurants featuring Pacific Rim cuisine.
259 Parnell Road.
Tel: 09-358 4804
A large, busy bar and restaurant featuring Cajun and Italian food.
The Mexican Café
67 Victoria Street West
Tel: 09-373 2311
Popular with large servings.
226 Ponsonby Road
Tel: 09-376 3095
Fine Italian cuisine.
20 High Street
Tel: 09-307 0225
Popular café in a small busy street off Queen's Street.
26 Victoria Road, Devonport
Tel: 09-446 0877
Specializes in fish and fresh salads. The menu changes daily.
The Strand, Russell
Tel: 09-403 7618
One of the oldest buildings in the area with a view across the Bay of
Waitangi Bridge, Paihia
Tel: 09-402 7018
Museum during the day, but a highly atmospheric restaurant by night.
4 Marguerita Street
Tel: 07-337 1700
Very tasteful décor for an elegant evening's dinner.
116 Hinemoa Street
Tel: 07-348 9273
Lamb and game specialties in a Tudor-style house.
14 Kings Road.
Tel: 09-402 7783
Popular among backpackers for its cheap burgers and excellent oysters.
23 Amohia Street
Tel: 07-348 4908
Good and popular Italian restaurant.
Annie's Wine Bar
Gloucester Street (in the Arts Centre)
Tel: 03-365 0566
Rustic atmosphere, good food, and superb wine list.
The Blue Note
20 Regent Street
Tel: 03-379 9764
Elegant dining to the strains of jazz music.
Dux de Lux
Worcester Boulevard (in the Arts Centre)
Bar and buffet restaurant.
French Farm Winery
Akaroa Valley Road
Tel: 03-304 5784
Ideal lunch hangout.
16 New Regent Street
Tel: 03-379 0087
A Japanese restaurant.
Carlton Courts, Corner of Bealey Ave and Papanui Road
Tel: 03-355 6228
Excellent Thai cuisine.
Le Bon Bolli
Corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street
Tel: 03-374 9444
Popular French restaurant in the Arts Centre.
Tel: 03-377 5543
A small Tuscan-style café serving panini (filled rolls) and good coffee.
143 Worcester Street
Tel: 09-379 7668
Cuisine from the Basque country.
Sumner Wine Bar
27 Wakefield Avenue
Tel: 03-326 7230
Delicious salads and game dishes.
Bell Pepper Blues
474 Princes Street
Tel: 03-474 0973
A pleasant, high-quality restaurant with fireside atmosphere and superb
12 Moray Place
Tel: 03-474 5055
Brasserie meals including pizza, pasta and tacos.
8 Moray Place
Tel: 03-477 3737
The interior is Edwardian, the food is pure Italian.
10 Clarendon Street
Tel: 03-477 8773
Highly imaginative cuisine in an attractive interior.
142 Stuart Street
Tel: 03-477 5462
Coffee to die for with light snacks available throughout the day.
77 Dalton Street
Tel: 06-835 3846
Pierre sur le
62 West Quay, Ahuriri
Tel: 06-834 0189
Excellent French dishes served in an old warehouse in the fishing port.
Tel: 06-835 6699
Coffeehouse with inexpensive lunchtime snacks.
28 Tennyson Street
Tel: 06-835 1490
Cosy café featuring exhibitions by local artists.
110 Charles Street
Tel: 06-834 0227
Slightly on the outskirts of town but worth a visit.
38 Bridge Street
Tel: 03-546 8105
Serves good fish dishes.
Boat Shed Café
350 Wakefield Quay
Tel: 03-546 9783
Very pleasant restaurant with a view of the water and imaginative fish
5 Buxton Square
Tel: 03-548 9621
Serves vegetarian and fish dishes.
296 Trafalgar Road
New Zealand's oldest outdoor café serving simple food and good coffee.
The Honest Lawyer
1 Point Road
Tel: 03-547 4070
Old-style building outside Nelson with a large beer garden.
Tel: 03-442 5630
Excellent fish restaurant with a view of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables.
Kawarau Gorge (on the Cromwell Higway)
Fine vineyard with excellent food served during the day.
14 Brecon Street
Tel: 03-442 9995
Western-style restaurant serving large portions.
45 Beach Street
Tel: 03-442 9854
Fair-tasting Japanese cuisine.
25 Beach Street
Tel: 03-442 6082
An attractive joint serving Spanish cuisine with a wide range of wines.
116 Lake Terrace
Tel: 07-378 7856
Creative pizzas served in an old cottage.
Cobb & Co / Jesse
Corner of Tongariro and Tuwharetoa Streets
Tel: 07-378 6165
A pub with a beer garden serving good and simple food.
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