Hotel Tour Cruise Car
   Hotels in New Zeland
   Popular Places
   Best of New Zealand
   Special Interests
   Food in New Zealand
   Travel Tips
   General Info
   Express It!
   Weather Check
   Currency Converter
   TimeZone Converter
   Language Translator
   Stock Index
   About Us
   Contact Us
   Join Us
   Reservation Terms
   Site Map


Restaurants 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 street.

43 Ponsonby Road
Tel: 09-367 8370
Asian-influenced New Zealand cuisine with a long wine list and contemporary décor.

129 Hurtsmere Road.
Tel: 09-489 3104
Located in the suburb of Takapuna, the tuna steak with Chinese vegetables is recommended.

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.

Bay of Islands

The Strand, Russell
Tel: 09-403 7618
One of the oldest buildings in the area with a view across the Bay of Islands.

Kelly Tarlton's Shipwreck Restaurant
Waitangi Bridge, Paihia
Tel: 09-402 7018
Museum during the day, but a highly atmospheric restaurant by night.

Poppy's Villa
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.

Saltwater Café & Bar
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 and Restaurant
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.

Kanniga's Thai
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.

Panini Bar
Lichfield Street
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 food.

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.

The Percolator
142 Stuart Street
Tel: 03-477 5462
Coffee to die for with light snacks available throughout the day.


Casa-Gardini Bistro & Bar
77 Dalton Street
Tel: 06-835 3846
Mediterranean-style restaurant.

Pierre sur le Quai
62 West Quay, Ahuriri
Tel: 06-834 0189
Excellent French dishes served in an old warehouse in the fishing port.

Hastings Street
Tel: 06-835 6699
Coffeehouse with inexpensive lunchtime snacks.

28 Tennyson Street
Tel: 06-835 1490
Cosy café featuring exhibitions by local artists.

Westshore Fish Café
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 dishes.

Broccoli Row
5 Buxton Square
Tel: 03-548 9621
Serves vegetarian and fish dishes.

Chez Eelco
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.


Boardwalk Café
Steamer Wharf
Tel: 03-442 5630
Excellent fish restaurant with a view of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables.

Gibbston Valley
Kawarau Gorge (on the Cromwell Higway)
Fine vineyard with excellent food served during the day.

Lone Star
14 Brecon Street
Tel: 03-442 9995
Western-style restaurant serving large portions.

Minami Jujisei
45 Beach Street
Tel: 03-442 9854
Fair-tasting Japanese cuisine.

Solera Vino
25 Beach Street
Tel: 03-442 6082
An attractive joint serving Spanish cuisine with a wide range of wines.


The Bach
116 Lake Terrace
Tel: 07-378 7856
Creative pizzas served in an old cottage.

Cobb & Co / Jesse James
Corner of Tongariro and Tuwharetoa Streets
Tel: 07-378 6165
A pub with a beer garden serving good and simple food.

Top of Page



Home l Places of Interest l Outdoor Travel l Food in Asia l General Info l Entertainment
Shopping Asia l Special Attractions


Australia l Bali l Brunei l China l Hong Kong l Japan l Korea l Macau l Malaysia l Myanmar l New Zealand
Philippines l Singapore l Taiwan l Thailand

Designed & Maintained by, Inc. For feedback and comments, please email webmaster.
Copyright © 1999-2002 by, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Copyright and Disclaimer l Privacy Policy