True foodies and lovers of fruits of the sea won’t want to miss out on trying these fresh seafood delicacies while travelling on the Top of the South touring route in New Zealand.
Akaroa Fish and Chips
The best place to start with seafood in New Zealand is a big feed of fish and chips. Begin your journey to the Top of the South in Akaroa, just south of Christchurch is home to the famous Akaroa Fish and Chip shop. Try the battered blue cod, a South Island delicacy that is extremely popular with locals, add some chips and a ‘Lemon & Paeroa’ and you have got yourself a classic Kiwi feast.
Head north from Christchurch to Kaikoura for one of New Zealand’s most sought after kaimoana (seafood), the crayfish. Koura means crayfish in Maori so as you can imagine Kaikoura is the best place to try this delicacy. Head to any one of the restaurants, cafes or takeaway bars in town and no doubt crayfish will be on the menu.
From Kaikoura, just two hours inland, is Hanmer Springs, a resort town well known for its thermal hot springs. Part of the Hurunui district the area is also home to some incredible lakes which can be tricky to access. With the help of Hanmer Helicopters anglers can fish in world class wilderness for trout on stunning alpine high country lakes, rivers and streams. Experienced helifishing guides and equipment are available upon request.
Urban Oyster Bar and Eatery in Nelson
Visit Urban Oyster Bar and Eatery in Nelson to sample Kiwa Oysters, a rare style of oyster treasured in New Zealand as a seasonal offering. The unique hanging culture during the growing process results in one of the plumpest and tastiest flat oysters available. Go a step further and join Urban’s head chef Matt Bouterey on a heli tour as your exclusive private chef, creating an amazing meal matched with great wines in a landscape that will blow your mind. New Zealand is never short on options for an oyster fix, from inner-city bars to seafood festivals and roadside stalls.
Green-lipped mussels in Marlborough
A New Zealand specialty not to be found anywhere else in the world, this particularly large and flavoursome mussel is simply delicious. It is easily distinguished from other mussels by the dark green shell with a bright green lip that it is named for.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the sheltered Marlborough Sounds, the best way to indulge in this local delicacy is on board the mussel cruise where you can enjoy freshly steamed mussels with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for the ultimate wine and food match.