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YOU MOVED FROM SAMOA TO NEW ZEALAND AT THE AGE OF EIGHT, WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF NEW ZEALAND?

Very cold compared to the islands and I thought it was so busy.

WHICH RESTAURANTS SHOULD YOU TRY IN NEW ZEALAND BEFORE YOU LEAVE?

In Auckland we love the Depot Eatery. In Wellington, go to Whitebait for a fine-dining option, Karaka Cafe for Maori-style cooking or Charley Noble for casual, but great food.

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WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO HAVE COFFEE IN NEW ZEALAND?

Honestly, New Zealand really knows it coffee. Havana Coffee Works is one of the best for us.

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WHICH FOODIE SOUVENIR SHOULD VISITORS BUY?

Definitely Manuka Honey!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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THE BEST PLACE TO ENJOY A COCKTAIL?

In Wellington I’d recommend Hippopotamus Bar. In Auckland, along the Viaduct is very popular.

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IF SOMEONE WANTED TO DO A MINI FOODIE TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND WHERE SHOULD THEY GO?

Go to Auckland, for the large diversity – it offers and easy accessibility to gorgeous places like Waiheke Island. Head to Bluff for the Bluff Oysters! Visit Hawkesbay, Martinborough and Otago for some fabulous wine and food tours. Then go to Rotorua to see how food is cooked in the boiling volcanic pools.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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