I was greeted by cold weather and hearty food when I arrived. I had several delicious, flaky yet also juicy mince pies. It's basically like a pot pie but heaps better! You can get them everywhere from the gas station to Border's cafe. A simple mince and cheese with some tomato sauce (pretty close to our Heinz ketchup but sweeter) warms the body and soothes the tummy. When we were grocery shopping I found a bottle of Tuimato sauce which was a hit. Tui Brewery makes the tomato sauce with a little (2%) of their famous beer. It's worth passing the ketchup and reaching for it instead.
Kiwi families are very health conscience. Two of the families homes I got to visit each had an extensive garden with everything from fresh herbs, vegetables and fruit trees. In the kitchen there was a huge platter filled with different fruits that the family nibbled on. I tried the yellow kiwifruit that has been engineered to be more sweet and less bitter. It was divine. It's so good cold and juicy. I am now in love with kiwifruit. I didn't eat them growing up and I remember being confused in the lunch line as to how to eat them; all those seeds were intimidating!
We had a fancy dinner out or maybe I should say "up" in the Auckland Sky Tower above the city. I chose lamb for my main entree but the duck souffle appetizer was so much more succulent. The prices were reasonable though and the view was spectacular!