Because let's face it, we eat with our eyes too.
There’s no denying that humble New Zealand has seriously upped their food game in the last few years. We are now offering world-class fare across the land of the long white cloud, and to help you get the most enviable Instagram posts, we've found some of the most Instagram-worthy restaurants New Zealand has to offer.
Rarely has a Queenstown trip ensued without an obligatory snap al fresco dining at Queenstown winery Amisfield. And why would you? Amisfield is the perfect place to enjoy an intimate dinner after a long day skiing, or a long lunch after no physical activity whatsoever. It’s picturesque alpine location, coupled with the buildings quintessential Queenstown stone and wood aesthetic make Amisfield the perfect place to get snap-happy. After you’ve finished taking photos – the food is good too, very good in fact. The chef always knows best, and ‘Trust the Chef’ starts at as little as $75 per person, the perfect way to subdue your hunger following your strenuous photoshoot.
Not even a trusty Toyota Corolla will perform as well as a gram with a view. So why not kill two birds and indulge in some delicious winery grub to accompany your above average post engagement? Perched atop a hill with panoramic views of the idyllic Te Awanga Coast, this is an exceptional place to enjoy a few vinos with a view. Stylish and warm, it’s an all year-round destination for the wine, and Instagram enthusiast, so get this one on your food bucket list.
You might not know about this hidden little gem, seek and you shall find – and you’ll be happy you did. Tucked away beyond the mainstrip of Federal Street is a charming restaurant serving up arguably New Zealand’s best Indian cuisine. It’s not Indian as you know it, and the fit out is a far cry from your $10 curry joint on Queen Street. The industrial vibe filled with drop lights that emit a soft golden glow make this a great place to eat and snap. There is also an enviable cocktail list, which come with all sorts of theatrics – including a health hazardous but exciting cinnamon quill set on fire. So, you’ll want to order some of these for your story, oh, and to drink of course!
‘An oldie but a goodie’ springs to mind when I think about Al Browns flagship restaurant The Logan Brown. Old world charm practically oozes out of the iconic red wooden double doors that guard this fine dining institution. There is so much to love about this place, you’ll be hard pressed to put your phone down for long enough to eat the delectable seasonal offerings. The building and its inhabiting restaurant exude the chic elegance you’d expect from an 175 year old build on historic Cuba Street. Lavish spiral staircases and opulent chandeliers litter this high-ceiling room, making it the kind of place you want to stay a while.
As every good Jaffa knows, black is the new black so Fearon Hay’s resurrection of Auckland old-timer Clooney will appeal. The concrete shell is filled with elegant tan leather boots, surrounded by elegant hanging black tassel drapes which provide intimacy in a dimly lit dining room. The interior isn’t the only thing photo worthy here, the fine dining fare looks like it was assembled by an artist – so prepare to feast with your eyes.
Opening only last year, Market Place has quickly become a highly talked about addition to the Christchurch CBD. Located in the Crowne Plaza, Market Place has a sophisticated, contemporary feel with clean cut lines accompanied by thoughtful wooden accents. Low hanging lights and an industrial styled bar complete this well-lit dining room’s look. The fit out is well put together, and this certainly is not your average non-distinguishable hotel restaurant.
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