April 24, 2011

Stories from Aotearoa

We’re back from Aotearoa, the country of the long white cloud and are so happy to have visited such a beautiful place. Our 1-month trip took us through the breathtaking South and North Islands, which are quite different. What I liked the most about New-Zealand was the diversity of its landscapes, the people, the lifestyle and the Kiwi accent. For outdoors and nature lovers like us, it was perfect.

I could talk for hours about the places we’ve seen and our experiences: we hiked, kayaked, swam with dolphins, sailed to uninhabited islands, slept in a tipi, surfed...

Kiwi Berries

Chocolate Tasting at Patagonia Chocolates, 50 Beach Street, Queenstown 9197

And the food? We ate really well. Our tour guide was cooking for us every night, and she was a pretty good cook (recipes to follow). But we also ate out quite often as we wanted to taste New Zealand cuisine. We had muffins, pies, fruits (kiwi berries, feijoa), seafood (thinking of the scallop risotto we had in Wellington makes me salivate right now), hangi (a Maori way of cooking in the ground with hot stones) and a lot of chocolate. We also tasted New-Zealand wines and particularly liked white ones.

Lunch at Vudu Café, 23 Beach St, Queenstown 9197 – Open Vegetarian Sandwich / Venison Meatballs

In addition to being the world's adventure capital, Queenstown also has great restaurants and cafés. It is located in the Central Otago region, where a lot of wines are produced.

Eating freshly caught fish and urchins in the Bay of Islands.
The Bay of Islands is a gem of a place, with warm clear waters and a very chilled out vibe.

Wine and Cheese Tasting at Gibbston Valley Winery, 1820 State Highway 6, Queenstown

Lunch at Lime Caffeteria, 1096 Whakaue Street, Rotorua 3010, Thai Green Chicken Risotto and Sweet Chilli Prawns
Rotorua is a geothermal town, with mud pools and geysers and a sulphur smell in the air. We went to a Maori cultural evening and had a delicious meal prepared for us. The potatoes, cooked in a traditional way had an amazing taste.

We’re now off to Europe, for another month of travel and hopefully lots of tasty food!

By the way, Happy Easter everyone :)

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