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IN THE HOTSPOT

It’s a city that heaves with cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars, so the opportunity to take a deep dive into the local food culture of Rotorua was one I took very seriously.

THE MIGHTY WAIKATO

Set yourself up at the Novotel on Alma Street and you will have easy access to the heart of Hamilton city. Another great reason to stay here is that it is right across the road from Palate, where an outstanding chef has been producing seasonally and locally inspired menus since 2005.

St Kevin’s Arcade

Fast approaching its 100th birthday, St Kevin’s Arcade was built in 1924 and has retained much of its character – or regained, rather, after a restoration five years ago saw dubious 1970s touches replaced with the elegant likes of granite and basalt tiles, bronze detailing and tasteful signage.

MARLBOROUGH, YOU’VE GOT THIS

Known world-wide as a paradise for wine lovers, with sauvignon blanc and pinot noir as the shining stars, my latest expedition to Marlborough had me firmly focussed on curating a trail that brings food and drink together with a special nod to the locals that drive that conversation so well.

Tītī

A bright, casual seaside dining room with an ever-changing ‘Trust the Chef’ menu of dishes, masterfully crafted and filled with exciting textures and delicious flavours.

FLORIDITAS

A buzzing whirl of deliciousness set within a haven of timeless hospitality.

AHI

A bright star in the busy Commercial Bay dining hub that delivers a menu with a strong contemporary New Zealand food focus, expertly prepared and presented.

HIDDEN GEM

SAVIOUR BY THE SEA READ MORE STALL CRAWL READ MORE STILL GOING STRONG READ MORE Their Best Shot READ MORE Pleasure Island READ MORE DOWN MEXICO WAY READ MORE DOUGH-GOODERS READ MORE GRACE & FLAVOUR READ MORE GROWING GARDEN CITY READ MORE GOLDEN GOODIE READ MORE FAMILY MATTERS READ MORE

THE MAKER

SPICE & SMOKE READ MORE MAKING WEAVES READ MORE SWEET BOY READ MORE Rekindle Skills READ MORE Our top NZ makers for 2018 READ MORE Leaven Sent READ MORE THOSE THINGS WE HOLD DEAR READ MORE WEAVE LENGTHS READ MORE IN GOOD FORM READ MORE A cut above READ MORE A light touch READ MORE

ARTISAN WATCH

MAKING THE LINK

A scratchy phone line to Rob Beard is explained by the fact he’s on a high inland farm in Hawke’s Bay inspecting farming stock; he’s also overjoyed by the fact that he’s just spotted three deer.

CHILLI OUT

“Call me Betsy, that is what everyone in Wellington and New Zealand calls me,” says Betsaida Rivas Teutenberg.