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Capital flavour - food and wine

Said to have more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, New Zealand’s culinary capital is widely celebrated for its good taste. Wellington offers the best of both worlds, with award-winning cuisine and acclaimed regional wine to match. It’s best to leave the diet at home when you’re packing your bags for Wellington. Here’s a few must consumes.

Centre court

The theatre and party district of Courtenay Place is always adding to its gastronomic game. Enjoy Ancestral (31-33 Courtenay Place) and Dragonfly (70 Courtenay Place). Classics such as Capitol (10 Kent Terrace) and The Tasting Room (cnr Courtenay Place and Cambridge Terrace) should also be on your menu when in the area. 

Cuba quarter

New Zealand's coolest street also happens to be a culinary hotspot. Must eats include past Cuisine Restaurant of the Year winner Logan Brown (192 Cuba Street) and casual-smart eatery Loretta (181 Cuba Street). Cuba is also home to some of Wellington’s best BYOs and ethnic eateries.


There are dozens of delectable eateries on the city fringe in Wellington’s film-making hub, Miramar. Head for the hills for a taste of the suburbs and try tongue to tail eating at The Larder (133 Darlington Road). Head back in time and experience 1930s glamour at Coco at The Roxy (5 Park Road), or spice up your life with Mexican flavours at La Boca Loca (19 Park Road).

Mt Vic to the waterfront

As you’d expect from a city wrapped around a harbour, seafood is a feature and you’ll find world-class quality at The Crab Shack (Shed 5, Queen's Wharf) or the Ortega Fish Shack & Bar (16 Majoribanks Street).  

We are the world

Wellington’s cuisine offers something to please every palate, from vegetarian to global cuisine and ethnic to traditional-style eateries. Head to Newtown's Cicio Cacio (167 Riddiford Street) for rustic Italian food, or try Bastardo (82 Tory Street) if American-Italian is your thing. Visit The Old Quarter (39 Dixon Street) for modern Vietnamese or pop across to Little Penang (40 Dixon Street) for fragrant and flavourful Penang Nyonya cuisine. Oikos (382 Broadway) in Miramar is the place for modern Hellenic cuisine or head to Boquita for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free tacos.