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  • Jul
  • 2014

New Zealand cruise: Top 5 places to eat in Wellington

For years, we have considered European countries like France and Italy to be the world’s culinary centers, but it may be time to look to the Southern Hemisphere. In the city of Wellington, New Zealand, you will find an almost countless number of restaurants, cafes and bars that cater to individuals of all tastes.

During your cruise vacation through the South Pacific, be sure grab a bite at a few of the following restaurants:

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Capitol keeps its menu very simple. Seasonal and premium local ingredients are prepared in a classic style. The restaurant can get a bit crowded and it doesn’t take reservations, but for the price and quality of the food, it’s well worth the wait. Favorite dishes include the crispy duck breast, grilled beef fillet and baby crayfish.


Baby Crayfish photo courtesy of Capitol


French cuisine aficionados often forget that they’re in Wellington and not Paris when they dine in this establishment. Located on the third level of the Museum Art Hotel, Hippopotamus offers stunning views of Wellington harbor and surrounding areas. More importantly, though, the food here is superb. If you can’t decide what to order, try the five-course tasting menu.

Logan Brown

For more than two decades, Logan Brown has offered consumers a unique fine dining experience. Despite the upscale service and menu, the restaurant manages to provide a welcoming atmosphere for all diners.


Photo courtesy of Logan Brown

For those who want to indulge in dishes like lamb two ways, line-caught snapper with tuatua fritters, or the most popular paua ravioli with lime beurre blanc and kumera crisps . Reservations are strongly recommended.


Paua ravioli with lime beurre blanc and kumera crisps photo courtesy of Logan Brown

Ortega Fish Shack

As soon as you take your first bite at Ortega Fish Shack, you’ll understand why this establishment is a TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet top pick. The fish here comes from many places and is prepared in a variety of ways. Favorite dishes include ratatouille and crayfish butter and pork-and-prawn kedgeree with nam prik spicy relish. The environment here is very relaxed, helping you to feel right at home.

Pizzeria Napoli

The cooks at Pizzeria Napoli are very serious about providing their customers with pizza that could easily be mistaken for coming directly from Italy. Traditional dough and preparation methods are used and pizzas are baked in a classic wood fired oven. The kitchen is also set up to allow visitors to see the entire cooking process from start to finish.

A cruise vacation around New Zealand and the South Pacific is an unforgettable experience. If you’re curious about exploring this part of the world, why not take the plunge and visit? Our experts, Jeremy Hayes or Rachel Brandon at can answer any questions if you just give us a call at 1-888-804-CRUISE (2784) or visit our website


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