The ultimate foodie bucket list for seafood lovers
New Zealand is a great destination for you to tantalise your taste buds. The country has one of the longest coastlines in the world and boasts a rich marine environment. It is a haven for seafood lovers.
Some of the best seafood on the international market is produced in New Zealand.
A local favourite is scallops, a real must to try when in the North Island. The season for fresh scallops runs from October through to March. Whitianga holds an annual Scallop Festival, an iconic seafood event where you can sample your way through the various scallop varieties. Watch live seafood cooking demonstrations from some of New Zealand’s top chefs as your belly rumbles waiting for the taste test!
The Green-lipped mussel is a seafood delicacy that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The Marlborough region in the South Island is where these mussels are sourced from. Large mussels full of flavour and distinguished by their dark green shell and bright green lips. The best way to indulge in this fresh delicacy is aboard a green mussel cruise from Havelock. Enjoy fresh steamed mussels accompanied by a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Kaikoura on the coast north of Christchurch is the crayfish capital of New Zealand. The name Kaikoura means ‘eating crayfish’ in Maori. Seafood caravans can be found along the roads around Kaikoura selling fresh crayfish. Imagine devouring these crustaceans boiled and dipped in seafood dressing. Fresh seafood at its best!
Take a trip over to the West Coast and you will arrive into whitebait territory. Whitebait is sourced from the rivers within the West Coast region and is a well sought-after delicacy. The most popular way to eat whitebait in New Zealand is in a pattie and many places offer this on their menus including Monteiths Brewery in Greymouth. The Curly Whitebait Company just north of Haast is a famous spot to try these talked about whitebait patties.
Bluff on the southern point of the South Island mainland, is home to New Zealand’s oyster production. The Bluff Oyster is a large, plump and juicy seafood delicacy that has put Bluff on the map with the annual Bluff Oyster Festival held every May. A festival where you can taste the mouth-watering oysters raw and straight from their shell.
From October to late April, the New Zealand salmon season is in full swing. New Zealand accounts for over half of the world’s king salmon production. The highest salmon farm in the world, Mount Cook Alpine Salmon is in the Southern Alps between Twizel and Mt Cook. The cold, fast flowing water from the glacial mountains provides for a sustainable operation. Mt Cook salmon is an absolute treat! Try it grilled, smoked or pan fried accompanied with your favourite glass of red or white.