Each country has their own unique take on various treats and New Zealand is no exception. If you’re visiting Auckland, or anywhere else in the country, here are a few treats you need to taste before you leave.
Seafood lovers might be familiar with tuatua, but the average eater has probably never heard of these delectable shellfish indigenous to New Zealand. Kiwis love these things because of their milder taste than traditional shellfish and creamier texture. Since the shorelines are teaming with them you can find some on the menu in any restaurant that serves fish.
Australians have their Vegemite and the Kiwis are in love with something called Marmite. To be honest, this stuff is definitely an acquired taste and most foreigners who try it aren’t itching for a second helping, but it’s a staple in every Kiwi cabinet and has to be tried at least once during your trip. Slide some on a slice of bread and give it a go.
It’s hard to turn down a good cookie and if someone offers you an Afghans in Auckland you’d better readily accept, because these things are downright delicious. They’re chocolate and cornflake cookies coated in chocolate icing and topped off with walnuts. Sounds simple, but it’s a lot of great flavor in one small bite.
Pavlova, a true Kiwi dish, is simply a sponge cake with the consistency of a marshmallow made with meringue, fresh fruit and cream. Once you bite through the crispy outside into the center, each slice practically melts in your mouth. Don’t buy the store ones, have a local bake you up one if you can.
Not being able to bring a pet along for a trip can be a dealbreaker from some dog lovers when making plans. Luckily, the folks at Pup Flask created an easy-to-use portable dog bowl that will travel anywhere you and your pup go so hydration is never a problem.
Lantern festivals are sweeping the nation. Lanterns originated in China, but made their way across the world. Lantern lights are mesmerizing when they light up the night sky. I always think of the scene in the Disney movie Tangled, where the whole town sends lanterns up to the sky in honor of the missing princess and the entire sky is covered with lanterns. Travel around the world to see the best lantern festivals.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Spend the holidays at National Harbor, a growing destination conveniently located just south of Washington, D.C. National Harbor offers something for everyone this season, whether you’re traveling with the family in tow, seeking a romantic pre-holiday getaway or want to host a friends’ weekend for the season.