Eat some Māori kai (food)
Take the opportunity to try some traditional and contemporary takes on Māori and Pasifika food while you're in the culinary capital
Have some hāngī at Karaka
2 Taranaki Street, Wellington
Hāngī is a traditional Māori method of cooking, where food is wrapped in leaves or cloth and steamed underground in hot stone ovens. Try hāngī for yourself at Karaka Café at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke on Wellington's waterfront. Karaka's signature dish is a café version of a traditional hāngī meal, including rewena (Māori potato bread) or legendary fry bread. Finish your meal off with a purini (golden syrup steamed pudding) and you'll be ready for a moe (sleep)!
Sample Pacific-inspired food
Inspired by the islands of the Pacific, from Hawaii to Aotearoa, Lulu is a fresh new dining and cocktail experience on Courtenay Place. Lulu's semi-tropical enclosed courtyard is the perfect spot for a drink and a bite, while the intimate indoors spaces are made for settling in for a feast of Oceanic-inspired eats.
On Saturday mornings, head to Porirua's Saturday Market and immerse yourself in Pacific culture, music and flavours. Visit Samoa's Finest (Commerce Crescent, Waitangirua) to try traditional Samoan panikeke, a fried banana pancake.