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Meals and Dining

New Zealand is known for its abundant and fresh cuisine. Described as Pacific Rim, it draws on inspiration from Europe, Asia and Indonesia. Being a small island country, food served in restaurants is seasonal and consequently, always fresh. Classic New Zealand dishes include lamb, bluff oysters, salmon, whitebait fritters and pavlova, the national dessert.

Every kind of international cuisine can be found in most places nationwide, although the larger cities have a much wider selection - as you would expect. While you're here be sure to try another kiwi classic, fish and chips on the beach. For specific dietary requirements, New Zealand caters well to those who are gluten free/vegan/dairy intolerant.

 

The cost of a restaurant meal including drinks will vary, but your bill should be roughly $100 and up for a couple, and a little more if you're at a fine dining establishment.

Expect to pay NZ$19 - NZ$40 for a main meal at a local restaurant, and NZ$30+ for mains at fine dining restaurants. A good hearty pub meal will be around NZ$30 for a main course.

Drinks cost between NZ$9 and NZ$15 for a glass of wine (depending on what it is of course) and a beer will cost you between NZ$9 and NZ$15.

A bottle of wine will cost anything from NZ$35 upwards in a restaurant or cafe.

New Zealand has a small population of Muslims but also welcomes many Muslim visitors who require Halal meals. This means there are plenty of Halal certified or specialist restaurants in New Zealand.

This comprehensive guide details restaurants and eateries offering Halal food in New Zealand and also prayer facilities. It is provided by Tourism New Zealand. Please check directly with the restaurant or facility to ensure the information is up to date.

Halal food is readily available across Australia, but particularly in Sydney and Melbourne where there are a multitude of options from dining out to supermarkets.

For two fantastic dining experiences that are Halal certified, head to Gazi in Melbourne, specialising in Greek street food, or Efendy in Sydney, serving some delicious Turkish flavours.

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