Restaurants and Pubs
There are a couple of events that serious food buffs should look out for
when visiting Wellington. The New Zealand Wine and Food Festival is
typically held in mid-November at the Civic Square. The following
week, there is the Martinborough food and wine festival held in
Martinborough (one hour north of Wellington), and in February there is
the Marlborough Food and Wine festival in Blenheim (in the South Island,
but not far from Wellington).
General Note on Bringing Your Own Wine/Alcohol
Restaurants in New Zealand describe themselves either as
licensed, which means they are able to sell alcohol, BYO (bring your
own), or unlicensed (meaning they can't serve alcohol on the
premises). Just to make things confusing some places are both
licensed and BYO, meaning they will both sell you alcohol or let you
bring your own.
Quite a few restaurants in New Zealand let you take your own wine,
which lets you enjoy the wines you really prefer and which you think
will best complement your meal. This also tends to cut the price of
the meal significantly. Even places that have a liquor license
will usually let you bring your own
wine/alcohol, but will often charge a 'corkage fee'. Sometimes
they will try to dissuade you, but if you are polite and persistant
they'll usually agree. A reasonable amount to expect to pay for
corkage is no more than 2 dollars. (Even with the corkage fee, it's
usually much cheaper to bring your own.) It's always worth calling
ahead to check.
Some recommended restaurants in Wellington
Wellington City Restaurants has a great range of restaurants with many located in the Cuba St, Courtenay Place end of town. If you have a favourite restaurant then let us know and we will list it here.