You'll never lack for places to eat in Wellington. Hundreds of restaurants around the city offer a wide variety of cuisine from Thai to Turkish. Funky Cuba Street is a good place to start, with its open-air cafes, bustling pubs and fine ethnic restaurants. Consider trying a little New Zealand wine with your meal. Note: Tipping is not customary in New Zealand.
Looking for a splurge? Step back in time at Logan Brown, set in the rotunda of a classic 1920s bank. Order a la carte or select the chef's tasting menu; either way, leave room for dessert and some local wine.
Great India earns raves as one of Wellington's best Indian restaurants. The lengthy menu includes everything from standards (tandoori chicken, rogan josh) to less familiar items (Goan squid masala). Servers are friendly and efficient.
Zibibbo, named for a grape, offers great dining in casual surroundings. Chef Adam Newell, who hails from London's star-rated La Gavroche, shows off his creative talents with tapas, pizzas and local produce.
Shed 5 is housed in one of the oldest remaining buildings on Queens Wharf. It's best known for offerings from the sea, from fresh fish to seafood risotto, but there are plenty of other options for the landlubbers among your party. The window tables offer lovely harbor views.
Explore the flavors of Vietnam at Restaurant 88. You'll struggle to choose among dishes like lemongrass chicken with coconut noodles, "shaking" beef with papaya salad and baked fish wrapped in banana leaves.
For a quick pick-me-up, try Mojo for excellent coffee and pastries. There are nearly two dozen locations around the city.
- Go Stargazing on Mt. John
- Visit the Wildlife Capital
- Take a Food Tour in the Bush
- Drive the Surf Highway
- Experience Art in Queenstown
- Stay on a Working Farm
- Search for Kiwi Birds on Stewart Island
- Climb a Dormant Volcano in Auckland
- Experience Maori Life in Kaikoura
- Bike the Otago Central Rail Trail
- Go Behind the Scenes in Wellywood
- Swim with Rare Dolphins in Akaroa
- Uncover a Buried Village in Rotorua
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