Local food and wine in Wellington

With great food, world-renowned coffee and their craft beer scene, Wellington has all the ingredients for a true culinary capital. Dine out at one of the city’s excellent cafés and restaurants, discover local Wairarapa wine and creative cocktails at one of the bars, sip award-winning coffee and try some truly unique craft brews.

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Enjoy a coffee

Whether it's a strong long black, a double-shot espresso, a mocha, single origin or a trusty, creamy flat white, New Zealanders, in particular Wellingtonians, are in love with coffee. With cafés on almost every corner, it’s fair to say that Wellington is just a little coffee-obsessed. Start your morning by enjoying a local coffee (or many).

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Pickle and Pie cafe, Wellington
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Explore the weekend markets

If you are around on the weekend, make sure you check out one of the local markets. Wellington's markets are filled with colour, vitality and local flavours. Soak up the aromas of roasted coffee, fresh vegetables and sizzling spices or browse handmade craft from cheesemakers, jewellery designers, chocolatiers and dressmakers.

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Join a local food tour

Culinary walking tours are a fun and delicious way to explore the capital’s history, art and striking cityscape while having an insider’s look at the vibrant food scene. Sample your way through Wellington’s excellent regional produce as the friendly local guides introduce you to culinary treasures visitors often miss.

Zest Food Tours 

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Pop into Moore Wilsons

Open daily is Moore Wilsons, where café owners and restaurateurs do their shopping. Discover a tempting array of locally-produced meat, bread, fresh vegetables and deli foods. If you are there around lunch time, they also offer a number of on-the-go food options for hungry shoppers including local cafés, restaurants and food trucks.

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Explore Hannah's Laneway

Home to artisan food producers, eateries and craft beer brew bars, this little laneway is a foodie haven. Sample award-winning peanut butter from Fix & Fogg, taste artisan bean-to-bar chocolate at the Wellington Chocolate Factory and munch on a salted caramel cookie from Leeds Street Bakery.

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Visit the local bars on the Craft Beer Trail

Wellington is known as the craft beer capital, and for good reason. Check out the Craft Beer Capital Trail for a self-guided tour of Wellington's welcoming craft bars. You can pick up the Craft Beer Trail map from the local Wellington i-SITE. Alternatively, adventure out to Brewtown in Upper Hutt where four great breweries are serving up award-winning local craft beer.

Craft Beer Trail

Wander down Jackson Street

Just 15-minutes by train from Wellington City, Jackson Street in Petone is a must visit for foodies, with 60+ eateries and food retailers in one street. The iconic street is home to renowned eateries and cafes, along with several coffee roasters. While you are there, stop at Te Puna Wai Ora for natural water direct from the aquifer.

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Dine at an award-winning restaurant

Wellingtonians are masters of smart-casual dining and with more than 750 eateries, you’re spoiled for choice in Wellington. So, weather you are looking for a cheap eat or a luxury night out, there is something for all tastes.

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Enjoy a great cocktail

After dinner treats can be found around the city or if you prefer dessert in the form of a delicious cocktail, there are plenty of favoured bars to check out while you’re in town. Wellington is known for their hidden cocktails lounges, so ask a local for the current hot spots.

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Continue to Marlborough

The next morning, take a 30-minute flight to Picton or sail between Wellington and Marlborough on board the Interislander ferry. The Interislander ferry is known as one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world and one of New Zealand's most iconic tourism experiences. To make the most out of your experience, upgrade to “Premium Plus”, an exclusive private lounge with complimentary beer, wine, tea, coffee and a mini buffet.

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Continue to Wairarapa

Alternatively, if you are travelling north along the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail you will be heading to the boutique vineyards of the Wairarapa region. This section of the drive is about 75-minutes where you will drive across the Remutaka Ranges.

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