I was working in Cusco when the Canterbury Earthquake struck New Zealand and it hit home as one of the hostelers was from New Zealand and was concerned about his family.
Initially hearing it was smaller was reassuring until we realized it was more shallow and destroying much of Christchurch
March 21, 22, and 23 has been set aside by travel bloggers throughout the world as 72 hours to remind the world what a great country New Zealand is and the best way to support recovery is through tourism as it’s desperately hurting.
I visited New Zealand for a month in 2007 and fell in love. It was such a beautiful country that I met with several headhunters to see if I could find work in the country. But alas I came back to Canada and years passed.
While many people rave about New Zealand as an adventurers play land they often overlook the culinary proficiency.
While the country is often compared to Canada, and it’s true we’re commonwealth siblings, I couldn’t help but wish that Canada had the food culture of New Zealand.
Below are photos of my favourite food memories from New Zealand all shot in film a month after I learned how to manually use an old 1970s Canon SLR:
Auckland: In addition to the stonegrilled fish we had on the waterfront, this curry wrap and scallop salad is a great example of the cafe culture in Auckland.
In 2007 they were years ahead of us offering local and organic as the norm.
One of the best things to do in Rotorua isn’t food so I didn’t eat there.
A Maori co-worker of a friend sent home this coconut milk marinated fish. I kept asking what it was so I could look up the recipe but he simply said it was raw fish.
Nelson: I took a wine/olive oil tour and sampled great savignon blanc, olive oil and was introduced to the Middle Eastern spice mixture dukka.
Hokitika: Fortune smile on me and I landed in the South Island just in time for the Wild Food Festival which featured amazing horse burgers, more delicious deer, cow udder and the crickets on crostini featured above.
Queenstown: New Zealand was years ahead of Canada in the gourmet burger business.
In the North I ate Burger Fuel and in Queenstown I was introduced to Ferg Burger with burgers the size of my head! A must-eat in Queenstown.
So yes there’s plenty of bungee jumping, glacier hiking and other extreme sports in New Zealand but when you’re done all that there’s also lots to eat!