After a recent jaunt around our beautiful country I’m writing to tell you about something that was a most delightful surprise: dining out in regional New Zealand. Don’t baulk! I realise it’s likely been some time since you last tried your luck at a provincial eatery and I really don’t blame you; one can’t easily erase the memory of the dining options available to us 50-odd years ago! But I promise my recommendations below contain not even a whiff of the salty soup and plain bread rolls, dry roast beef and grey boiled cabbage or the standard fruit salad and trifle a la 1970s New Zealand menus. The folks at MoaTours really know their stuff and they took us to all the best out-of-the-way restaurants - some in the middle of nowhere! – and I tell you they’re as good (if not better) than your beloved city eateries. On your next trip, make sure you stop at all of these amazing restaurants. You can thank me later!

A Couple of Special Mentions

They may be well and truly off the beaten track, but these eateries deserve a mention for their super-fresh ingredients, friendly service and incredible locations.

Join MoaTours for a special experience

So there you have our top recommendations for regional dining in New Zealand. But don’t just make your own way there–join MoaTours for a really special experience. We have been visiting these amazing restaurants (and many others on our numerous tours) for decades so we know all the owners personally and get welcomed like family! You’ll be in your small, friendly group, you’ll get the best seats in the house and lots of inside tips when it comes to choosing from the menus. I know you’ll love it. And what’s more, there’s not a 1960s-style prawn cocktail in sight.

Bye for now, and Bon Appetit!

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