What do people eat in New Zealand?


The diet in New Zealand is influenced by a variety of factors, including its multicultural population, indigenous Maori traditions, and access to fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Fresh Produce: New Zealand is known for its high-quality produce, including fruits, vegetables, and seafood. With its temperate climate and fertile land, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables are grown locally and enjoyed as part of the diet.

Seafood: Given its extensive coastline, seafood is a significant part of the New Zealand diet. Commonly consumed seafood includes fish such as snapper, hoki, and salmon, as well as shellfish like mussels, oysters, and crayfish.

Meat: Meat is also a staple in the New Zealand diet, with lamb being particularly popular. Beef, pork, and chicken are also commonly consumed, often cooked on barbecues during the summer months.

Dairy Products: New Zealand is known for its dairy industry, and dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are widely consumed. The country is famous for its high-quality dairy products, thanks to its lush pastures and strict quality standards.

Breads and Grains: Bread and grains are dietary staples in New Zealand, with a variety of breads, cereals, and grains available. This includes both traditional bread varieties as well as multicultural options influenced by the diverse population.

Cultural Influences: New Zealand's multicultural population has brought a diverse range of cuisines to the country, including Asian, Pacific Island, European, and Middle Eastern influences. This has led to a rich culinary landscape with a wide array of flavors and dishes available.

Barbecue Culture: Barbecuing, or "having a BBQ," is a popular cooking method in New Zealand, particularly during the warmer months. It's a social activity where friends and family gather to cook and enjoy food outdoors.

Coffee and Tea: Like many Western countries, coffee and tea are popular beverages in New Zealand. The country has a thriving coffee culture, with cafes serving a variety of espresso-based drinks.

Snack Foods: Snack foods like potato chips (crisps), biscuits (cookies), and chocolate are also commonly consumed in New Zealand, both as standalone snacks and accompaniments to meals.

Health and Wellness: In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on health and wellness in New Zealand, leading to increased consumption of organic and locally sourced foods, as well as a focus on balanced, nutritious meals.


The evening meal dinner is the main meal of the day, it generally consists of some type of meat dish which is often lamb. It is also common to have a mid-morning snack called "morning tea" and a bedtime snack called "supper" Hangi is a famous Maori tradition. The Hangi is a feast where a pit is dug in the ground in areas where there are hot springs. The pit is lined with rocks and then meats and vegetables are placed on top of the rocks and left to steam for several hours.

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