Food & Drink

Home to some of the best produce in the world, it’s little wonder New Zealand is establishing a reputation for great food. The nation’s cuisine draws on many different cultural influences to offer a wide variety. Get into fresh New Zealand seafood, browse a farmers’ market or sample a traditional Māori hangi. If you’re thirsty, seek out New Zealand’s award-winning wines and craft beers, or crack open a bottle of the iconic Kiwi soft drink, L&P.

Book a table at a local restaurant, grab a drink at a new bar or try a tasty treat at a unique café. Whatever you’re in the mood for, support local businesses and tell them you saw them on What's Hot New Zealand.

Aikmans Bar & Eatery


Aikmans Bar & Eatery is one of the hottest spots in Christchurch. A local favourite, this trendy gastropub is the ideal spot for a stylish meal and relaxed drink.


Christchurch | Shopping

Located on the first floor of Ballantynes, Contemporary Lounge focuses on high fashion for those among us who demand the latest, hottest looks with concept stores from top New Zealand designers.

Ben & Jerry’s


Ben & Jerry’s is known the world over for its huge variety of original flavours chock full of chunks and swirls.

Cellar Door

Christchurch | Wine Bar/Bistro

This wine bar and wine-tasting room is set in the historical School of Art building in the Arts Centre of Christchurch Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

Cook ‘N’ With Gas

Christchurch | New Zealand cuisine

Cook ‘N’ With Gas is a classic old-school bistro that explores top-quality, modern New Zealand fare. Established in 1999, it’s an icon in the city and the place to enjoy a memorable restaurant experience – the team have worked hard to create this favourab ...

Coriander's Ethnic Indian Restaurants

Christchurch | Indian

Take an authentic culinary journey with Coriander’s Ethnic Indian Restaurant and immerse yourself in a truly unique experience. With an extensive and varied menu, customers can expect to enjoy only the finest in Indian cuisine.

Curator’s House


Nestled on the edge of the Botanic Gardens is the picturesque heritage classed Curator’s House. The restaurant is a stunning backdrop to enjoy all the delicious fare on offer – they serve fresh, local produce in Spanish traditional dishes – with the best ...

Curiosity Gin

Christchurch | Spirits/Distillery

There is a treat for everyone at The Spirits Workshop Distillery.

Dux Central

Christchurch | Cosy Pub/Swishy Bar

The Dux is a Christchurch hospitality legend. Whether you experienced good times at the original site in the Arts Centre or are new to the Dux Family, you’ll feel instantly at home at the new Dux Central, whether it’s relaxing inside or in the stunning, t ...

Dux Dine

Christchurch | Vegetarian/Seafood

Situated in a historic turn-of-the-century villa, Dux Dine provides a variety of welcoming, comfortable spaces in which to enjoy their vegetarian and seafood fare, the excellence of which saw them win The Press People’s Choice award in the Christchurch Ho ...


Christchurch | New Zealand

Sophisticated, sociable and relaxed, Fiddlesticks is a distinctive restaurant and bar offering an inviting atmosphere in which to while away some time.

Kiwi Spirit Distillery

Golden Bay | Spirits

Kiwi Spirit Distillery is family owned and operated, producing unique, quality spirits from the purest homegrown ingredients.

Kum Pun Thai Restaurant

Christchurch | Thai

Now re-open after spectacular renovations, Kum Pun Thai offers intimate dining and the traditional tastes of Thailand in a relaxed environment.

Mona Vale Homestead

Christchurch | Dining

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting than Mona Vale Homestead – it feeds the soul and the taste-buds – with its combination of stunning gardens, a serene river setting and the restaurant’s delightful menu offerings.


Christchurch | Indian Fusion

Story opened in 2018 on the famous Spanish Mission architecturally styled New Regent Street.

Strawberry Fare


Located near the city and with stunning views of Hagley Park, Strawberry Fare offer something for everyone. They open early with delicious breakfasts and their own roasted coffee, sourced from a recent trip to Colombia, is a perfect way to start the day.

The Crossing

Christchurch | Shopping

Nestled in the heart of the city, The Crossing is a Christchurch landmark featuring international and local fashion brands, a boutique supermarket with a myriad eateries.

The Dish


Attentive service and an inviting atmosphere is what you’ll find at The Dish. This sophisticated space has only recently opened its doors.

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