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Dive into genuine Māori culture through the unique food experience of hangi. Used for centuries, the hangi sees meat and vegetables being wrapped in leaves and placed onto hot stones in a pit dug into the ground, proving the great connection between the Māori people and mother earth.
Best eaten at - Hangi shop, 583 Great South Rd, Otahuhu, 1062
Decades of debate have drawn no conclusion on the ownership of pavlova. But irrespective of whether it's a Kiwi or Aussie invention, you need to try it here in Auckland. Cibo, a restaurant found in an old chocolate factory, serves an unimaginably good pav covered in raspberries, best paired with something sparkly from their extensive wine menu.
Best eaten at - Cibo, 91 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell, 1052
The vanilla ice-cream with swirls and chunks of honeycomb toffee known as hokey pokey is a Kiwi invention that makes sweet dreams come true. It’s best sampled at Auckland’s artisan ice-creamery of Giapo, where vegan and gluten free varieties are available. And best of all they make the tallest ice-cream in the Southern Hemisphere.
Best eaten at - Giapo, 12 Gore St, 1010
When rolled oats, brown sugar, golden syrup and coconut come together with a few household staples, the traditional ANZAC cookie can be baked to perfection. Originally sent from Australian and New Zealand women to soldiers during World War I, these historic chewy biscuits can be found in any supermarket.
Best eaten at - any supermarket in Auckland
The burger culture of New Zealand is real and strong, with one tiny burger stand-alone burger shop in Queenstown even gaining a cult-following and 11,000 TripAdvisor reviews. For a ‘bloody great’ burger in Auckland try Velvet Burger, a hub of gourmet burgers, beers and good times.
Best eaten at - Velvet Burger, 18 Fort St, Auckland, 1010