Top ChoiceModern NZ in Waiheke Island

Tantalus Estate

Tantalus Estate

Up a winding driveway framed by grapevines, Waiheke's newest vineyard restaurant and tasting room channels an Iberian ambience, but the savvy and diverse menu effortlessly covers the globe. Secure a spot under...

Top ChoiceCafe in Hamilton

Hayes Common

Journey across to Hamilton East to this bustling eatery in a former garage. Thoroughly unpretentious, Hayes Common's versatile menu stretches from smoothie bowls for breakfast to chilli-butter-fried eggs or a...

Top ChoiceCafe in Paeroa

Refinery

Get pleasantly lost in the Refinery, a spacious showcase of 1960s and 1970s Kiwiana style including a turntable where customers are encouraged to play the vinyl records that fill overflowing bins. Good coffee and...

Top ChoiceModern NZ in Ponsonby & Karangahape Rd

Sidart

No one in Auckland produces creative degustations quite like Sid Sahrawat. It's food as both art and science but, more importantly, food to fire up the taste buds, delight the brain, satisfy the stomach and put a...

Top ChoiceCafe in Raglan

Rock-It Kitchen

Around 3km from town adjacent to surf beaches, Rock-It Kitchen combines rustic decor – it's housed in an old woolshed – with the area's best food. New Zealand wines and beer from west Auckland's Hallertau brewery...

Top ChoiceFilipino in Auckland

Nanam

Modern Filipino food is the star at Nanam in the North Shore suburb of Takapuna. Dine on innovative updates of traditional Filipino food that made UK chef Marco Pierre White a big fan. Especially good is the...

Top ChoiceCafe in New Plymouth

Federal Store

Crammed with retro furniture, superpopular Federal conjures up a 1950s corner-store vibe. Switched-on staff in dinky headscarves take your coffee requests, keeping you buoyant until your southern-fried-chicken...

Top ChoicePizza in New Plymouth

Ms White

Sharing a fairy-light-draped courtyard with Snug Lounge, seductive Ms White serves trad wood-fired Italian pizza and a bedazzling range of 40-plus craft beers from its outdoor kitchen. Choose from pizza rosse...

Top ChoiceCafe in Kuaotunu & Around

Luke’s Kitchen

Luke’s Kitchen has a rustic surf-shack ambience, cold brews including hyper-local craft beer from Kūaotunu's tiny Blue Fridge Brewery and excellent wood-fired pizza. Occasional live music, seafood and creamy...

Top ChoiceCafe in Coromandel Town

Wharf Road

Bringing cosmopolitan cool to Coromandel Town, Wharf Road offers the opportunity to ease into another day equipped with excellent coffee, interesting brunch dishes such as avocado bagels or Turkish eggs with...

Top ChoiceGreek in Parnell & Newmarket

Gerome

Greek cuisine is rare in Auckland, but Gerome's modern interpretation of traditional Hellenic flavours make it one of Auckland's best restaurants. Highlights include the pork and lamb manti (dumplings) with...

Top ChoiceCafe in Wellington

Husk

Follow the throbbing basslines down the twinkling alley into Husk, where punky leather guys and laptop-wielding students convene for pork-shoulder tacos, chilli eggs and 'dirty' chips with beef brisket,...

Top ChoiceIce Cream in City Centre & Britomart

Giapo

That there are queues outside this boutique ice-cream shop even in the middle of winter says a lot about the magical confections that it conjures up. Expect elaborate constructions of ice-cream art topped with...

Top ChoiceModern NZ in Napier

Mister D

This long, floorboarded room with its green-tiled bar is the pride and joy of the Napier foodie scene. Hip and slick but not grossly unaffordable, with quick-fire service delivering the likes of chestnut flan...

Top ChoiceBakery in Masterton & Around

Clareville Bakery

On the highway just north of Carterton, this excellent little bakery-cafe makes famously good sourdough bread, lamb-cutlet pies, steak sandwiches and lavash-style crackers...but everything in the counter is...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Paihia

Terra

Muted colours give way to sea views at this new upstairs seafood restaurant across from Paihia pier. The seasonal menu is largely seafood focused (who can resist Orongo Bay oysters with lemon, seaweed, horopito...

Top ChoiceBistro in Wellington

Logan Brown

Deservedly ranked among Wellington's best restaurants, Logan Brown oozes class without being overly formal. Its 1920s banking-chamber dining room is a neoclassical stunner – a fitting complement to the...

Top ChoiceInternational in Auckland

Cazador

The Persian heritage of the Lolaiy family combines with game meat and foraged ingredients at Cazador. Decor such as stuffed animal heads is largely unchanged since the 1980s, but the food is delicious and...

Top ChoiceItalian in Mt Maunganui

Alpino

The sea air might easily be Mediterranean at this new restaurant that has brought quality Italian cooking to the Mount. All the accents are Italian, from the staff and the checked tablecloths, to the all-Italian...

Top ChoiceLebanese in Ponsonby & Karangahape Rd

Gemmayze St

Located amid the restored heritage architecture of St Kevin's Arcade, Gemmayze St presents a stylish update on Lebanese cuisine. Mint, orange blossom and rosewater cocktails are prepared at the beaten-copper bar,...