Adventure Package: New Zealand
Enjoy authentic tastes from New Zealand
Kiwis are all about delicious food. Kiwi is a nickname for the people of New Zealand and derives from their national symbol - the native Kiwi Bird. It would be difficult for anyone to choose a favorite cuisine here due to the outstanding seafood options, succulent meats, divine cheeses, local produce and, of course, fantastic wines.
New Zealand is made up of two islands, North Island and South Island which provide more than 8,700 miles of coastline! Therefore seafood has been a staple for New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people who inhabited the two islands well before Western influences arrived. They called themselves tangata whenua meaning “people of the land” due to their deep-rooted connection to the land and sea. Today, you can find heaps of crayfish, whitebait, salmon, mussels, paua (abalone), scallops, oysters and more at local markets throughout the country. Fish and Chips is also a bona-fide favorite here.
The island nation is also known for their high-quality lamb that has made its mark as an esteemed dish around the world, especially when flavored with fresh rosemary and served with local, seasonal vegetables. For a more cultural experience, make sure to try the Maori hangi, a native method of cooking meats and vegetables using a hangi, or underground oven. Kiwis are also big fans of desserts including pavlova (meringue with whipped cream and fruit), cheeses, chocolate fish (chocolate-coated marshmallows shaped as fish), chocolate pineapple candy called Pineapple Lumps and hokey poke ice cream (ice cream with honeycomb toffee pieces) to name a few. Yum!
Gather your friends and family, uncork your New Zealand wines and try pairing them with the three recipes for the ultimate Kiwi experience. Cheers!
Read more about the Products and Artisans below.
International wines sold separately.
J. Friend and Co.
Beekeepers, Jeremy Friend and Sharyn Woodnorth began a new venture together after tasting exquisite honey from roadside stands during a long drive. The result is outstanding artisan honey that is 100% pure, organic, single-vintage honey and expresses unique, complex regional flavors. A true salute to honey bees!
• Kamahi Honey
Located in Christchurch, New Zealand
Since 2011, husband and wife owners Tony and Afsaneh Howey have been producing the ViBERi range of 100% organic, artisan, superfood blackcurrants from their orchard in South Canterbury, New Zealand. The berries are packed full of nutrients and have extremely high levels of antioxidants.
• Freeze Dried Blackcurrant Berries
Located in Pleasant Point, New Zealand
Established in 1995, Wild Country started as a small passion project of infused oils and vinegars. Five years later, their enthusiasm for great flavor combinations morphed into a full-time family business with over 60 high-quality, small-batch products including chutneys, dressings, sauces, jams, and spreads.
• Tamarillo & Black Raspberry Chutney
Located in Hamilton, New Zealand
Rutherford & Meyer
When two farming friends from North Canterbury were faced with a surplus harvest back in 1996, they got together to preserve their delicious summer fruits using old family recipes and turn the robust flavors into something sensational. Today, the team continues to craft a range of fruit pastes, spreads, crackers and honeys from the freshest local ingredients.
• Corn & Chilli Grain Crackers
Located in Wellington, New Zealand
The philosophy behind this boutique producer is to strive for perfection while inventing truly outstanding culinary creations. Each product is hand-crafted using traditional methods and is made with all natural ingredients. By concentrating on New Zealand flavors enables them to capture the country’s beautiful spirit.
• Steak Sauce
• Lager Vinegar
Located in Wellington, New Zealand
The Tahi restoration project began in 2004 when founder Suzan Craig purchased a beautiful remote, yet run-down cattle farm in Northland, New Zealand and set about returning the land to nature. Since then, the Tahi team has restored nearly 30 hectares of wetlands, planted over 325,000 native trees, and created a buzzing honey business.
• Forest Honey
Located in Whangarei, New Zealand
One of New Zealand’s leading fine food companies, Wild Appetite began nearly 30 years ago on a small farm in a country village nestled in the heart of New Zealand. Local produce grew in abundance in the rich, fertile soils here, so all excess fruit and vegetables were preserved, pickled and turned into delicious sauces and condiments that are still sought after today.
• Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot Wine Jelly
Located in Auckland, New Zealand