Dining out in New Zealand offers a wide range of cuisine styles and budget options. In the larger cities you will have more options than a small village or town which may only have 1 or 2 choices.
The style of cuisine will also be more extensive in cities, where you’ll find all manner of international eateries and fusion style restaurants. As a guide expect to pay between NZ$25 and NZ$35 per main dinner course for most restaurants and cafes. And remember tipping is optional in New Zealand -- staff are not reliant on tips.
A cheaper option is the abundance of take-away meals available, ranging from Indian to Thai to the Kiwi favourite of fish and chips. A take-away meal for 2 people might cost around NZ$20-30. Breakfast at a local café will cost between NZ$15 and NZ$25 depending on the style and location.
Bed and Breakfasts and boutique lodges will often include breakfast in the room rate, which can work out to be a savings.
The most cost effective way to dine as you travel through New Zealand is to self-cater. We have a fantastic range of motel and apartment style accommodation that contain kitchenettes or kitchens so you can prepare you own meals. Supermarkets are located near most of the accommodations you’ll stay at, with a few exceptions in remote locations, but we will advise you of these so you buy groceries before arriving. As well as supermarkets you can also shop at farmers markets on weekends and these are often great places to browse for local produce.
Are you interested in making local food and wine a particular focus of your New Zealand touring experience? See a selection of New Zealand food and wine focused itineraries.