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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Wellington is complete without tasting the traditional Wellington food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Wellington to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.



  • Kumara Soup: deliciously healthy and not too heavy-the perfect mid-week soup.
  • Maori Boil-up: is a delicious soup normally made with a pork stock base.
  • Pipi Soup: the soup is infused with the salty pipi liquor and balanced by its sweet flesh.
  • Seafood Chowder: carrot, celery, potato, chicken stock, cream, corn cobs, herbs, spices.


Main courses

  • Barbecue: used chiefly in the United Kingdom and Australia.
  • Braised mutton bird: this dish should be served with damper and mashed potato.
  • Cauliflower gratin: cauliflower with a very yummy cream sauce.
  • Crayfish: the succulent sweet meat of crayfish tails needs very little fancying up.
  • Grilled Bluff Oysters: infused in herb oil and lightly grilled.
  • Hāngi Dinner: hāngi food is pork, mutton or lamb, and chicken, accompanied by vegetables.
  • Lamb Roast: crisp on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside.
  • Roasted Potato: are a perfect accompaniment to meat, fish or vegetarian dishes.
  • Smoked Eel: fresh and sea water fish, caught all year round and smoked according to well established technologies.
  • Steamed green-lipped mussels: fresh live mussles, garlic, butter, white wine, parsley.


  • Afghan biscuit: made from cocoa powder, butter, flour and cornflakes, topped with chocolate icing and a walnut.
  • Apple Pie: is a fruit pie (or tart) in which the principal filling ingredient is apples.
  • Blackberry Pie: is pie composed of blackberry filling, usually in the form of either blackberry jam.
  • Feijoa: a chicken-egg-sized and ellipsoid-shaped fruit, with a sweet, aromatic flavour.
  • Hokey Pokey Ice Cream: consists of plain vanilla ice cream with small, solid lumps of sponge toffee - known as "hokey pokey".
  • Kiwifruit: often shortened to kiwi in many parts of the world.
  • Lamington: is a sponge cake in the shape of a cuboid, coated in a layer of chocolate icing then desiccated coconut.
  • Louise Cake: consists of a biscuit or thin cake base topped with raspberry jam and coconut meringue.
  • Manuka Honey: is a monofloral honey made by bees in New Zealand that frequent the manuka bush, Leptospermum scoparium.
  • Marmite: made from yeast extract, a by-product of beer brewing.
  • Minties: are hard, white and chewy, square mint-flavoured lolly.
  • Pavlova: is a meringue-based dessert.
  • Pineapple Lumps: are a flavoured chocolate covered confectionery with a soft, chewy pineapple-flavoured middle that are unique to New Zealand.
  • Raspberry Friands: almond cake flavored with fresh raspberries or citrus fruits.
  • Tamarillo: a fruit which is a very good source of vitamin C, and is low in fat.

Fast food

  • Bacon sandwich: is a form of sandwich made from cooked bacon between two slices of bread, usually buttered.
  • Fish and chips: is a popular take-away food that originated in the United Kingdom.
  • Kiwiburger: burger with egg and beetroot.
  • Lamb Burger: parsley, dill, cumin, and garlic give these burgers a lively flavor reminiscent of a lamb gyro.
  • Meat pie: is a savoury pie with a filling of meat and other savoury ingredients.

Street food

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Coffee: is a brewed beverage with a dark, slightly acidic flavor prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant
  • HardieBoys Ginger Beer: ginger beer, manufactured in Wellington.
  • Lemon & Paeroa: also known as L&P, is a sweet soft drink manufactured in New Zealand.
  • Phoenix Organic Cola: flavored with natural cola nut & liberated from caffeine & all artificial ingredients.
  • Smoothie: strawberries blended with milk, yogurt, sugar, vanilla and ice.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • 42 Below Vodka: is distilled near a world benchmark for air purity 42 degrees below the equator and from GM Free wheat from the purist wheat-fields in.
  • Brandy Alexander: is a sweet, brandy-based cocktail consisting of cognac and crème de cacao.
  • Canterbury Draught: is also known as Ward's beer, named after it's founding brewer James Hamilton Ward.
  • Emerson's beer: they combine fidelity to style, aroma, flavour and finish with their own distinctive balance and memorability.
  • Kiwi Pinot Noir: is a black wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera.
  • Lindauer Fraise: is a wonderful sparkling wine that complements very well with different foods.
  • Mac's beer: came into the world in 1981.
  • Oyster Bay Merlot: is a staple on the top shelf of supermarkets up and down the country.
  • Sauvignon Blanc: is a green-skinned grape variety.
  • South Gin: comes alive in your mouth with distinct juniper berry and lemon flavours.
  • Speights: local beer.
  • Steinlager: is New Zealand's biggest export beer.
  • Tuatara Pilsner: is a Wellington based craft brewery that has been fast developing a wide fan base by producing some great beer.
  • White Wine Sangria: is a delicious, easy to make, crowd pleasing cocktail.
  • Yeastie Boys beer: are all developed by award-winning homebrewer (and Yeastie Boys director) Stu McKinlay in Wellington, New Zealand.

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