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A Postcard from New Zealand – Part 1

The gorgeous shores of Lake Wanaka, on the South Island, New Zealand

Well that frenetic writing didn’t materialise, did it? Mainly because everything else was so busy, and with jet lag I was no longer able to push myself to work late as I am used to. I also wanted to make the most of my short time in New Zealand and soak up as much as possible. I am now in Hong Kong and moving at a slower pace so should be more present on here this week.

It was my first trip to New Zealand, although I felt quite prepared as I have friends from there and lots of people I know had visited. The stunning landscape and vibrant food still caught my attention in a way that I hadn’t expected. Everything was big and lovely, rich green hills and light blue skies with little popping fluffy clouds and others choosing to streak across the sky.

In food and drink what really came across was the integrity of produce and passion for producing really good things with it. Great chefs have established a wonderful New Zealand cuisine in a way not too dissimilar to what has been happening in the UK and Ireland. Loads on that soon. And the wine, oh the wine was delicious.

Thanks to Air New Zealand for sponsoring the flights for the trip. I can’t imagine any trip starting better than with a business class flight with the whole of Nurse Jackie season 3 to watch, Peter Gordon’s food to eat, and a terrific New Zealand wine list to accompany it. All while I lie in bed. I am now spoiled for economy but I better get used to it.

As always, a little highlight in photographs first.

Nurse Jackie with the dessert course of a lovely 3 course meal, with matched wines, and in a bed all while flying to Auckland - DREAMY!

Cycling tour of Art Deco city Napier, North Island

The view from Temata Peak, which we visited to soak up the view and have a glass of local sparkling wine with Gourmet Odyssey

Clams at Ponsonby Road Bistro, Auckland

Flank steak taco at Depot, Auckland, New Zealand

Wonderful desserts incl superb tapioca and coconut dessert at Peter Gordon's Dine

Wonderful tour at Waimarama in Hawke's Bay including their Food of the Chiefs

Wonderful tour at Waimarama in Hawke's Bay including their Food of the Chiefs - these are NZ's famous and delicious whitebait fritters

Cream of Paua (Abalone) soup at The Foodstore, Auckland

The view from my room at River Run Lodge, Wanaka

A visit to and tasting at Rippon Biodynamic Vineyard on Lake Wanaka

I travelled to New Zealand as a guest of the New Zealand Tourist Board




  1. I have always wanted to go to New Zealand, and I have cousins there, but looking at your amazing photos I know now I have to go. Glorious photos of the landscapes and the amazing food. I chanced across the food when in 2008 I was researching for son Anthony, the designer of “Black Pudding & Foie Gras”, which you were kind enough to review, and realised that New Zealand was quite a ‘foodie’ heaven. You look as if you’re having a great time, Niamh, as usual on your travels. Love your blog, seeing the world of food and great places through your eyes. Keep having a great time, for us to read about.
    PS. Anthony & Andrew Pern’s second book, Loose Birds & Game, has won the same accolade as Black Pudding. Silver Medal for the Best Cookbook in the World at Gourmand World Food Awards in Paris. Not bad for two lads with their first two cookbooks.
    Looking forward to your next adventure, wherever it is.
    Regards, Astrid.

    • hello Astrid. Thank you and you must go. I saw their well deserved award on the Gourmand website earlier. Hearty congrats to them! :)

  2. You’re lucky it was so green actually! Usually this time of year everything is very brown, but it rained all summer.

  3. New Zealand is one of the loveliest places I have ever been – you lucky girl. Give it a kiss from me!

  4. Awww maaaaan (yes, I’m whining)…I’m from New Zealand and even I’m jealous about your adventures! Especially that blinging flight! I’m drooling over the thought of a whitebait fritter. Yum. Don’t get them in our little village in South Korea, that’s for sure! Enjoy your stay in our beautiful country!

  5. Great blog, LOVED the photos! I went to NZ last year for 5weeks backpacking but am planning to return at some point in the future for a food tour of the north and south island!

  6. Meister @ The Nervous Cook says

    Oh, woah — I’ve long wanted to visit NZ but this just puts me over the edge. Did you have any delicious coffee while you were there? They’re bonkers for great coffee!

  7. New Zealand looks amazing. Mr Glam and I are trying to decide whether to visit Australia or New Zealand first. I think it might have to be New Zealand. GG

  8. Wow! beautiful country. would love to go there too. I love your photos beautifully shot. Perfect actually. :)

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