Farmers’ markets are often home to some of the country’s best ingredients, artisan foods and ready-to-eat goodies – the Feilding Farmers’ Market in the heart of Manwatu for example is the stuff of legend (voted best in the country on multiple occasions), and several similarly outstanding markets operate around the regions. Most held on weekend mornings – look up the local ones where you are and then head over to fill your picnic basket with the likes of gourmet foods, artisan breads, whitebait and oysters (in season), olive and avocado oils, local cheeses and fruit. In the beverage department you’ll often come across home-grown wines, distilled liqueurs, fresh fruit juices and organic beers. Many legendary local markets combine fresh produce with ready-to-eat goodies, crafts, art, knick-knacks and more – the Pasifika-flavoured Otara Markets in Auckland, Wellington Night Market in Cuba Street, the Nelson Market in the city’s Montgomery Square and Riccarton Market in Christchurch are all vibrant weekly occasions that should be checked out by any visitors to their respective areas.

In addition, you can often get hold of the freshest possible versions of New Zealand’s delicious produce and artisan foods directly at the farm, grower’s or artisan’s gate at many places around the country – look for roadside stalls in places like Hawke’s Bay, Nelson and Kerikeri ,and have some cash on hand to put in the honesty box!