Zealand is a nation of foodies, so it only makes sense to visit the culinary hotspots of the country.
Here’s your guide for where to go to with your Wellington or Auckland car hire to keep your taste buds happy when travelling through the North Island!
Ask any Kiwi from the North island, the Coromandel is the place to go for oysters. It’s not bad as a holiday spot either, but that’s another story. The Coromandel Oyster Company is right in the heart of the Coromandel and offers fresh pacific oysters from the farm gate – as well as a multitude of other oceanic delights from the area.
Kapiti is a small area just an hour away with a Wellington car hire and while small, cannot be missed because it is home to two of New Zealand’s best dairy products. The name Kapiti goes hand-in-hand with both ‘cheese’ and ‘ice cream’. Cheeses from here are known throughout the country as award-winning favourites, and the ice cream comes in divine flavours like ‘lemongrass and ginger’ or ‘blue berry muffin’.
New Zealand’s capital city is known around the world as having more cafes, bars and restaurants per capita than New York. In particular, the ‘best little capital in the world’ is known for its cafes. It’s hard to go wrong here, so grab a coffee and a bite to eat in any one of them and see for yourself.
Many visitors to New Zealand will be interested in the indigenous Maori culture, and of course, their traditional food. In Rotorua you can book yourself a tour of the Tamaki Maori village, where you will be treated to a hangi feast. Your meal will be prepared in a traditional earth oven with native herbs by the local Maori chef.
This trip will only take you three hours from Auckland with a car or campervan rental.