New Zealand is renowned for its incredible food; from the freshest produce, to delicious dairy, seafood and meat, world-famous wines and a growing range of acclaimed craft beers.
Add to that Pacific Rim and indigenous Māori influences and the result is delicious, creative cuisine prepared with originality and flair. Turn up the heat on your next incentive by adding these unique foodie experiences to the programme and enjoy a real taste of New Zealand.
Take a traditional approach to Māori food, experiencing food cooked fresh via the geothermal activity in Rotorua’s Te Whakarewarewa Valley. After enjoying a cultural experience at Te Puia, taste lobster cooked in a geothermal cooking pool, or try a feast from a traditional hāngī (pit oven).
Wild food safari
Treetops Estate wilderness luxury lodge in Rotorua offers ‘The Estate to Plate Safari’. Start with a tour of the kitchen gardens and apiaries, then take a 4WD tour of the 2500-acre Estate to encounter wild deer and pigs, sheep, rabbits, fowl and trout, plus a forest forage for ingredients to make a memorable feast.
Forage Cloudy Bay
Marlborough winery Cloudy Bay offers a ‘Forage’ experience with style. Eat freshly harvested oysters at Tio Point, taste Ora King Salmon sashimi, enjoy a private helicopter tour over the Marlborough Sounds and a Cloudy Bay Range tasting & blending session. Finish with The Forage dinner, created with the produce collected.
Accessible only by helicopter, the Mountain Kitchen at Minaret Station in the Southern Alps is the ultimate in exclusive, luxury dining. Enjoy a private scenic helicopter charter over Wanaka before disembarking on an alpine landing and enjoying modern cuisine prepared by resident chefs using fresh local produce.
Add some magic to your meal with a dining experience at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set in Matamata. Immerse yourself in the Shire, enjoying a Lord of the Rings themed feast of fresh New Zealand produce at The Green Dragon Inn or Party Marquee, washed down with Southfarthing brews and Middle-earth wine.
Scream for ice cream
New Zealand’s dairy produce is legendary. Sample unforgettable ice cream at Giapo in Auckland with a Chef's Table degustation, kitchen tour, or masterclass.
Board the ‘Shuckle Ferry’ near foodie haven Matakana for an oyster farm tour to learn about, collect and eat some of these shellfish delicacies fresh from the ocean.
Just the tonic
The Botanical Distillery’s Gin and Tonic Experience at Batch Winery on Waiheke Island explores the plants and spices used in gin, with tastings and High Tea.
Visitors to craft beer capital Wellington can enjoy a dedicated beer tour and boutique beer tastings with a Wellington Craft Beer Tasting Tour.
West Coast spirit
Reefton Distilling Co. offers Biddy’s Backyard Premium Tour, a unique look at the woman, landscape and history behind the crafting of their spirits.
Wine and ride
Cycling Marlborough’s Golden Mile takes in 6km of stunning scenery and nine wineries boasting world-renowned wine, with dining and art stops along the way.
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