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10 Muslim-Friendly Eateries For A Foodie’s Trip To New Zealand

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Zarifah Azhar  •  Aug 30, 2016

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New Zealand is a land full of beautiful, scenic beaches, vast pasturelands, serene lakes and many more. I mean, just look at the beautiful shots from The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit movies. But of course, visiting all these places will make you hungry.
Credit: Giphy So we’ve narrowed down these 11 Muslim-friendly eateries to satisfy your hunger pangs.

Auckland

Raw Power Vegan Café (CLOSED)
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Credit: lauraa_belle on Instagram If you’re doing some shopping in central Auckland, drop by Raw Power Vegan Café. This quaint café is best known for their unique twist on vegan and vegetarian food.
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Credit: georgieats The Lemon Pancakes and the French Toast are highly recommended, and is sure to keep your energy levels up for your next adventure. Address: Raw Power Vegan Cafe, 1/10 Vulcan Lane, Auckland Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 7AM-3PM, Sat, 11AM-3PM (Closed on Sun) Price: ~ NZ$35 for 2 people Directions: The restaurant is located between Queen Street and High Street Halal status: While the restaurant is not halal-certified, a vegetarian menu is available Facebook
1. Grill and Shakes
Head over to Grill and Shakes’ Instagram page and you will find many photos of mouth-watering dishes that will leave you salivating.
Credit: i.am.abdul on Instagram This casual dining restaurant is best known for their flatbreads that are topped with juicy chunks of meat. Their flatbreads are made with organic milk and real butter, making them extra fluffy! 
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Credit: tyla_wilkinson on Instagram And if you’re craving for something sweet, they have more than 50 different flavours of milkshakes for you to choose from. Address: Grill and Shakes, 473 New North Rd, Kingsland, Auckland Opening Hours: Tue-Thu, 3PM-10PM; Fri-Sun, 12PM-10PM (Closed on Mon) Price: ~ NZ$60 for two people Halal status: Muslim-owned Website | Facebook | Instagram
2. Theobroma Chocolate Pavillion
Channel your inner chocoholic, when you go to Theobroma Chocolate Pavillion.
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Credit: muatoomalatai on Instagram This establishment serves everything chocolate. From hot and cold beverages to chocolate dips and desserts, there’s something for everyone.
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Credit: _wanderlustiscalling on Instagram A crowd favourite would be the waffles, which are freshly made and dribbled with a liberal amount of Belgian chocolate. And if you just want a drink, try out their hot chocolate, which is available in dark, white, milk and caramel flavours. Address: Theobroma Chocolate Pavillion, Botany Town Shopping Centre, 588 Chapel Rd, Botany, Auckland Opening Hours: Mon-Wed, 9AM-5.30PM, Thu-Fri, 9AM-9PM, Sat, 9AM-5.30PM, Sun, 10AM-5.30PM Price: ~NZ$35 for 2 people  Halal status : Muslim-owned Website | Facebook P.S. For more food options, check out our 12 Muslim-friendly eateries for your Auckland vacation

Wellington

3. Marrakech Café
Step into Marrakech Café and you’ll be transported to another land. With patterned curtains adorning the windows and coloured glass and gilt lanterns decorating the place, you will feel like you’re in Morocco.
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Credit: tabharris on Instagram This small restaurant serves authentic Moroccan dishes and their tagine is highly recommended by its customers. Address: Marrakech Café, 307 Evans Bay Parade, Hataitai, Wellington Opening Hours: Tue-Thu, 11AM-2.30PM & 5PM-8.30PM; Fri, 5PM-9PM; Sat, 11AM-2.30PM & 5PM-9PM; Sun, 11AM-2.30PM & 5PM-8PM (Closed on Mon) Price: ~NZ$50 for 2 people Halal status: Halal-certified Website | Facebook
4. Kebabs on Queen
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Credit: Eat.Fly.Halal The best part about this Turkish fast food joint is that you can customize it to your liking. Choose from 4 different types of kebabs – chicken, lamb, mixed or falafel and wrap it up with either a regular or wholemeal pita. You can also choose your own salad and finish it off with one of the three available sauces. #HHWT Tip: Their bestseller is their chicken kebab so remember to grab them quickly! Address:  Kebabs on Queen, Lambton Square Shopping Centre, 180 Lambton Quay, Wellington  Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 9AM-5.30PM; Sat, 10AM-4PM (Closed on Sun) Price: ~ NZ$30 for 2 people Halal status: Muslim-owned

Christchurch

5. The Lotus Heart
Step into The Lotus Heart and you will be enveloped in a calm and peaceful atmosphere. This pure vegetarian restaurant is dedicated to conscious living and healthy eating.
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Credit: lottawatia on Instagram Besides their basic main and dessert menu, they also have a special menu that changes daily!
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Credit: indywardy on Instagram And if you have any other dietary requirements, do not worry as they also have vegan, gluten-free and raw food options available. Address: The Lotus Heart, 363 St Asaph St, Christchurch Opening Hours: Tue-Thu & Sun, 7.30AM-3PM; Fri-Sat, 7.30AM-3PM, 5PM-9PM (Closed on Mon) Price: ~ NZ$50 for 2 people Halal status: While the restaurant is not halal-certified, a vegetarian menu is available
6. Afghan Restaurant
 Dining at this Middle Eastern Restaurant is sure to be a unique experience. Step into the establishment and you do not even have to order. The owner will serve you what he wants and however much he thinks you need. Of course, do let the owner know if you are allergic to anything. Other than that, sit back, relax, and enjoy the food. 
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Credit: A Year Of Plates The portions served are large and if you cannot finish the food do not fret. The owner will insist that you pack the leftovers. Best of all, it is not too pricey and the locals love it. P.S: Remember to call in advance to check if the restaurant is open. Address: Afghan Restaurant, 318 Lincoln Rd, Addington, Christchurch Opening Hours: Sun–Thu, 12PM-8.30PM, Fri–Sat, 12PM-10.30PM Price: ~ NZ$40 for 2 people Halal status: Muslim-owned

Queenstown

7. Caribe Latin Kitchen
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Credit: amalinaamrann on Instagram If you feel like having some spicy food, step into this colourful and quirky restaurant and be spoilt for choice.
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Credit: cupofjamine_tea on Instagram This restaurant serves Latin American food, Caribbean food and Mexican food. The friendly staff and rocking music are also a huge plus! Address: Caribe Latin Kitchen, 36 Ballarat St Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Opening Hours: Daily, 12PM-10PM Price: ~ NZ$50 for 2 people Halal status: While the restaurant is not halal-certified, a vegetarian menu is available
8. Turkish Kebabs
Credit: windykhong on Instagram If you want something quick and filling, head over to Turkish Kebabs. The generous portion of fillings is sure to fill you up. And if you are feel like having some dessert, look no further. You can buy New Zealand ice cream there too! 😄 Address: Turkish Kebabs, 31 Beach St, Queenstown; or O’Connells Pavilion, 51 Main St, Queenstown Opening Hours: Daily, 10AM-10PM Price: ~ NZ$30 for 2 people Halal status: Muslim-owned P.S. For an ultimate foodie's adventure, check out 10 halal food stops (near top attractions) in New Zealand's South Island! Dunedin
9. The Good Earth Café
With it's clean white interior and charming decor, the light and airy atmosphere at The Good Earth Café makes it the perfect place for a relaxing brunch.
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Credit: courtneyjf22 on Instagram Located right by the University of Otago, this quaint café makes their food using fresh, wholesome, and mainly organic ingredients. In the spring, sit amongst 100 daffodils when you dine al-fresco in their courtyard.
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Credit: brie_harrison on Instagram They also serve fair trade coffee that is roasted locally, perfect for coffee lovers! Address: The Good Earth Cafe, 765 Cumberland St, Dunedin Opening Hours: Mon–Fri, 7AM-4.30PM, Sat-Sun, 8AM-4.30PM Price: NZ$10 – NZ$20 Halal status: Vegetarian menu available
10. Nando's
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Credit: mrnicwch on Instagram If you’re not familiar with Nando's, they are a chain restaurant that is famous for their Portugese flame-grilled, butterfly-cut chicken. Their super secret PERi-PERi sauce adds a kick to the chicken and makes it PERi-fect. 
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Credit: Nando's New Zealand Pair your chicken with an assortment of sides such as chips, rice, corn, potato salad, and more. They also have an assortment of dips that you can add on to go with your meal. Address: Nando's, 137 St Andrew St, Dunedin, New Zealand Opening Hours: Daily, 11AM-9PM Price: ~ NZ$50 for 2 people Halal status: Muslim-owned P.S. For more things to eat, check out our ultimate guide to halal food in New Zealand! So what are you waiting for? Pack up your bags for your next adventure in New Zealand. Don't forget to #havehalalwilltravel on Instagram, or leave us a comment below when you visit these places.