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New Zealand

Facts & Figures

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  • Capital City: Wellington
  • Population: 4m
  • Languages: English, Maori
  • Official Team Web Site
  • Best World Cup Performance: Winners (1987, 2011, 2015)
  • Best Rugby Championship/Tri-Nations Performance: Winners (multiple times)

Ideas for a New Zealand Party

Rugby is New Zealand's national sport, and when the national team are playing, virtually the whole nation stops whatever they're doing in order to watch. It's like one giant New Zealand Rugby Party!

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Food for a New Zealand Party

New Zealand cuisine is an interesting blend of traditional Maori cooking, English and other European recipes, and more recently South-East Asian cuisine, all "tweaked" and adapted based on the available local produce. Fortunately, the available local produce is both plentiful and of a good quality! New Zealand is rightly famous for its lamb, but being an island nation seafood is also plentiful. Potatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkins as well as many other vegetables are widely available. In the summer months barbecue is a popular and sociable way of cooking.

Australains and New Zealanders argue over the "onwership" of a few recipes, most notably pavlova (the New Zealanders probably win this argument) and Lamingtons, which is probably Australian but we'll include here so you have the option to try it anyway.

Try some of these next time the All Blacks are playing:

Serve either as a starter, or as part of a main course or buffet style meal.

Main Courses & Accompaniements Cakes & Desserts

Drink for a New Zealand Party

Outside the country, New Zealand is probably best known for its wines. However, while there is no contesting the quality of New Zealand wines, beer is actually the "most consumed" alcoholic beverage. Most New Zealand beers are of the lager type, with Speights, Tui and Export Gold being the best known local brands. International beer brands, such as Amstel, Heineken, Becks, Tiger, Carlsberg, Holsten, Budweiser, Guinness and Kingfisher are brewed in NZ under license. Some cider is also produced.

Turning our attention back to wine for a moment, New Zealand produces good quality reds and whites, and some sparkling wine as well. Of the reds, Pinot Noir is one of the more popular varieties, along with blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. But it is perhaps the white wines that New Zealand is most well-known for, especailly Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, although other varieties such as Riesling, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Gris are also grown. There is a good selection of New Zealand wines available at

Café culture has arrived in New Zealand, and coffee shops and cafés are popular places for meeting and socialising during the day, replacing many of the old-fashioned tea rooms which were popular in the 20th century. As with the coffee culture of the USA or Great Britain, for example, the baffling array of coffee styles (from espresso to latte, mochaccino to cortado) is on offer, although the New Zealanders claim the "flat white" as their own.

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