Best Restaurants in New Zealand

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  • Taste the best of the South Island's Central Otago region at this acclaimed restaurant and organic winery.

  • The exploration of Māori and Polynesian culture through kai (food) – Monique Fiso’s intimate Wellington degustation restaurant is locally and internationally acclaimed.

  • With a menu that taps into New Zealand's varied cultural influences, chef Michael Meredith's restaurant is contemporary yet comfortable and elegant without being stuffy.

  • For well over 10 years, this serene restaurant and its chef, Makoto Tokuyama, have been sharing the best of “new-style” Japanese cuisine, including sushi, sashimi, wagyu and a standout dessert of sake-chocolate ganache.

  • Nothern Italian cuisine with premium southern New Zealand ingredients makes for a phenomenal combination at Ben Bayly’s renowned Arrowtown restaurant.

  • Head to some of the South Island's prime winegrowing country for a meal at Arbour, a welcoming degustation restaurant set among the vines of Blenheim.

  • It may be in the centre of Auckland, but Ahi's menu and fit-out celebrate the entire country’s natural bounty in a quest to explore and refine our understanding of modern New Zealand cuisine.

  • In a narrow worker's cottage, this intimate restaurant serves up some of Wellington's most sublime food in the form of three-course set-menus, served in two sittings a night.

  • Enjoy artful dishes in an elegant setting at this Auckland fine dining stalwart.

  • Pull up a stool at the shining brass bar overlooking the kitchen for the full chef's table experience at this central Christchurch restaurant, specialising in elevated plates that are all designed to share.

  • In a bright blue bungalow facing the sea, chef Jeremy Rameka and his partner Natalie Bulman highlight their passion for New Zealand’s produce and ingredients with every five-course degustation menu.

  • Thoughtful, creative five-course menus are the star at this Dunedin restaurant in a characterful heritage building.

  • Acclaimed restaurateurs Sid and Chand Sahrawat serve up their nostalgic, nourishing modern Indian dishes from their elegant and comfortable Skycity venue. Order a tandoori taco before tucking into a decadent dessert of chocolate, coffee and miso.

  • An expansive restaurant across two Britomart heritage buildings, the city flocks to Amano for both its daytime bakery and seasonal, Italian-inspired dine-in menu.

  • This polished Britomart restaurant is inspired by the flavours and history of Andalusia. Most dishes are cooked on the large open wood fire, and sing with those punchy Spanish, Arabic and North African techniques and ingredients.

  • Head to this Herne Bay fine diner for a degustation from a team that rejoices in experimentation (but never at the cost of taste) while also celebrating New Zealand produce.