Unique New Zealand Foods to Try

Unique New Zealand Foods to Try

New Zealand, a country known for it's exquisite beauty and vast tourism, but what about food? New Zealand has a good amount of unique yet simple food in just about every food group or category.
If you're planning on touring and visiting the beautiful country of New Zealand soon. I suggest not to just focus on the beauty of it all, but also the taste!

Here are 7 must-try foods from the great country of New Zealand

1. Paua

Paua is a wonderful and colorful dish originating from New Zealand. Paua is a simple combination consisting of three large edible snail species. The snails used in Paua are collected commercially yet they have a set of semi-strict legal limits. The non-edible shells included in the dish are also used and customizable in jewelry. 

2. Pavlova

Pavlova is a special and delicate dessert, and was specially crafted first in New Zealand! A seemingly healthy alternative to the countless other desserts originating from around the world. Pavlova contains a creamy meringue base and is topped with various healthy and tasty fruit selections. Common fruits accompanied by this dish are mostly strawberries and blueberries.

3. Hangi 

Hangi is a specially cooked dish that requires a certain method: the use of an underground oven. To basically explain. Hangi's specific way of cooking includes digging a pit into the ground, placing and heating stones into the pit, and then finally placing baskets of food above the stones to successfully cook. This process is finished off by covering up the pit in the ground for several hours before uncovering the pit again and retrieving the cooked baskets of food. Hangi is usually a food that is served for special occasions.
Ingredients in hangi include, but are not limited to, the below:

  • 1 Chicken Thigh or Drumstick.
  • 1 Pork Strip or Chop (or Lamb Chop).
  • 1 ball of stuffing (ripped up bread, mixed herbs, salt, pepper, chopped onion and 1 egg all mixed together in a ball).
  • Potatoes.
  • Kumura.
  • Carrots and pumpkin.
  • Cabbage leaves.
  • Salt and pepper.


4. Whittaker's Chocolate 

If you are familiar with the two famous chocolate brands Hershey's and Cadbury, then it's time to try and incorporate a new one right from New Zealand! Now, one may think, as big as Cadbury might be in the UK, could there even be another competing chocolate, even if that chocolate originated from New Zealand? Look no further, here we have Whittakers chocolate. Dreamy, silky, and smooth chocolate that also comes in a variety of flavors. 

5. Manuka Honey 

Honey is a common food for every country. It's a god gifted food, but when you go to New Zealand it must be different .. manuka honey is only produced in New Zealand from manuka flowers and it is really well known for its medicine purpose. You should try it! 

6. Jaffas 

Speaking of Cadbury and chocolate in general, Jaffas are a chocolate ball that has a special place in the annual Cadbury festival itself. They are useful and exploited in a simple race of course, which is a bit odd, but they are considered traditional and beloved chocolates, and are a must have and try when visiting New Zealand! 

7. Lamingtons 

Now on the trend of special sweets and desserts in New Zealand, we have Lamingtons. Although not originating from New Zealand, it has surged in popularity and is now a basic custom and favorite of New Zealand as well. To put it simply, Lamingtons are a simple sponge cake that is paired with a sweet delicious jelly, as well as coconut shavings and an outer layer comprised of chocolate.