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10 Halal Food Stops (Near Top Attractions) In New Zealand’s South Island


Cheng Sim  •  Jun 19, 2019


When planning your first trip to New Zealand, it can get overwhelming. Your mind starts spinning with questions like, ‘What’s the climate and weather like?’, ‘Do we need to apply for a visa?’ or ‘Do we need an international driving license?’ To save you from the frantic typing, this guide covers everything you need to know about New Zealand.
Credit: Giphy Here comes another question that is begging to be answered, ‘Where can I find halal food in the South Island of New Zealand?’ Guess what? Everywhere! The best way to explore a new destination is through food. From ingredients grown from their homeland to the local’s spin on famous comfort food, it’s the closest way to familiarise with a country’s roots, cultures and history. To experience a newfound appreciation for New Zealand cuisine, let’s hit the streets to find the next halal eatery in South Island! Christchurch
1. Dubba Dubba
Everyone has a soft spot for fresh and flavourful Moroccan dishes. When the craving hits, Dubba Dubba delivers. With a serving of fresh ingredients and bold flavours, your late nights are better with Morrito, a grilled tortilla wrap complete with grilled chicken or Moroccan lamb. Otherwise, opt for a soft grilled pita called Pitadina that is packed with vegetables and sauces. 
If you must eat rice at some point in your trip (like us!), revel in the Morrito Bowl that includes a bed of rice with vegetables, tomato salsa and meats. Not forgetting a drizzle of aioli and hummus tzatziki sauces for a flavourful punch. Address: Dubba Dubba, 11B Waimairi Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041 Operating hours: Mon-Sun, 10.30AM-9.30PM Halal status: Muslim-owned Website | Facebook Attraction nearby Orana Wildlife Park
Credit: Orana Wildlife Park on Facebook It’s liberating to see wildlife animals roam freely at Orana Wildlife Park. Described as New Zealand’s first open-range zoo, you can hand feed a giraffe, explore through the Lion reserve and more. Spend time at the Nocturnal House and tell us if you can spot New Zealand’s national icon, the Kiwi! Address: Orana Wildlife Park, 793 Mcleans Island Rd, Harewood, Christchurch 8051 Operating hours: Daily, 10AM-5PM Admission fees: NZD36.50 (per adult above 15 years), NZD29.50 (per senior citizen above 60 years or student), NZD9.50 (per child, 5-14 years), Free (for pre-schooler below 5 years) Website | Facebook
2. Dux Dine
 When you drive along Riccarton Road, you’re likely to spot a sky-blue historical villa that shies away from the busy street. When you do, step into Dux Dine where a variety of seafood and vegetarian dishes await.
With seafood freshly caught from the coast of South Island and vegetables grown from their organic garden, you’re in for a whirlwind of honest and imaginative flavours. Start with seafood chowder before moving on to mains like baked lime and coriander crusted fish as well as hot smoked Akaroa salmon. The menu is updated regularly based on their catch of the day and seasonal vegetables, so prepare for a surprise at every visit. Address: Dux Dine, 28 Riccarton Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011 Operating hours: Daily, 9AM-9PM Halal status: While this restaurant is not halal-certified, this eatery serves seafood and vegetarian menu. Do note that some dishes are prepared with alcohol, and we advise that you consult with the server before you order. Alcoholic beverages are also served on the premise. We recommend that you dine at your discretion. Website | Facebook Attraction nearby Punting On The Avon River
Getting half an hour’s worth of tranquillity is easy at Punting On The Avon River . Let the Edwardian punter glide the boat along the river as you admire the serene garden city around you. While you do, spot the 130-year-old Weeping Willows and native trees like Kōwhai and Kahikatea! 
P.S. Look out for Paradise shelducks along the river too! Also known as Pūtangitangi in Maori, these ducks are inseparable from their mates. Find a pair of male (black head) and female (white head) ducks swimming together! Address: Punting On The Avon River, 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013 Operating hours: Daily, 9AM-6PM (Summer, 1 Oct-31 Mar), 10AM-4PM (Winter, 1 Apr-30 Sep & 25 Dec) Rates: NZD30 (per adult), NZD15 (per child, 5-12 years), Free (for infants) Website | Facebook P.S. Searching halal food in Auckland? Check out 12 Muslim-friendly eateries for your Auckland vacation!
3. KoTane Hangi Dinner
While you can find Maori cuisine across New Zealand, there’s a place that offers delicious bites with a side of cultural experience. Park your car at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and visit KoTane, known as South Island’s only Maori performance and Hāngī dinner. We’ll get to the Maori performance in a bit because we’re excited to share about hangi.
 It’s a traditional Maori dinner where meat, fish and vegetables are cooked in an underground pit for 3-4 hours. Once done, get your plates ready for off-the-bone meat, steaming hot kumara (sweet potatoes) and aromatic vegetables. Since Hangi dinner is part of the KoTane Maori Experience package, you get to catch a 45-minute kapahaka performance that includes poi dances, stick games, action songs, weapons display and haka performance. Address: KoTane, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, 60 Hussey Road, Christchurch Operating hours: Daily, 5.15PM-7.15PM Halal status: While the kitchen prepares and serves pork, the halal meats are wrapped and prepared separately to prevent cross-contamination. We advise you to dine at your own discretion. Website Attraction nearby Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
It’s always a bonus to meet New Zealand’s native wildlife. At Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, you can meet the country’s Big 5. We’re talking about the Tuatara (ancient lizard), Takahe (flightless bird), Kaka (endangered parrot), Kea (mountain parrot) and North Island Brown Kiwi, known as New Zealand’s famous icon! Address: Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, 60 Hussey Road, Christchurch Operating hours: Daily, 9.30AM-5PM Admission fees: NZD32.50 (per adult), NZD26 (per senior above 65 years or student) NZD12 (per child, 5-14 years), Website | Facebook
4. BurgerFuel
Credit: BurgerFuel on Facebook You can’t go wrong with fast food, so find yourself a table in this contemporary-furnished BurgerFuel. Since the name speaks for itself, sample their 100% pure grass-fed New Zealand beef burgers such as the Bio Fuel (complete with free-range egg, raw grated beetroot and salad) and American Muscle (sandwiched with melted cheddar, pickles and Dijon mustard).
Credit: BurgerFuel on Facebook Planning to go light on fast food? You’ll definitely enjoy Gourmet Minis where some are adorably called Bambina and Hamburgini with Cheese. BurgerFuel also serves plant-based burgers and replaces meat with organic tofu, mushroom or crumbed pumpkin. End it on a sweet note with some ice cream too! Address: BurgerFuel, Unit 15, 1005 Ferry Road, Ferrymead, Christchurch Operating hours: Daily, 11AM-10PM Halal status: While the restaurant is not halal-certified, all beef, chicken, cheddar, parmesan, pineapple and avocado are sourced from halal-certified suppliers. They also commit to using clean utensils to avoid cross-contamination with non-halal products Website | Facebook Attraction nearby Ferrymead Heritage Park
Credit: Ferrymead Heritage Park on Facebook When New Zealand’s first railway opened in 1863, it was a famous railway that connected Ferrymead to central Christchurch. Today, you can still check out the famous Peveril steam train at the Ferrymead Heritage Park or explore the township for a glimpse of the restored cottages, school houses and more. Address: Ferrymead Heritage Park, 50 Ferrymead Park Drive, Heathcote, Christchurch Operating hours: Daily, 10AM-4PM Website | Facebook BONUS: Get halal meats from these grocery stores!
Credit: Maihan Middle Eastern Supermarket on Facebook If you enjoy cooking for your loved ones, Christchurch has 5 Muslim-owned meat and grocery stores that stock up halal meats and ingredients!
  • Halal New Zealand Meat - 292A Lincoln Road, Addington
  • Krazy Price Mart - 431 Tuam Street, Philipstown
  • Maihan Supermarket and Halal Meat Ltd - 303 Colombo Street, Sydenham
  • MEFCO - 24A Acheron Drive, Riccarton
  • Spice Heaven - 103 Stanmore Road, Linwood
P.S. Make the most out of your adventure with our 8D7N Muslim-friendly itinerary to New Zealand’s South Island! Queenstown
5. Erik’s Fish And Chips
Credit: Erik’s Fish And Chips on Facebook Sometimes, it takes something as simple as fish and chips to win over a Kiwi’s palate - and yours too. Erik’s Fish And Chips figured it out from the get-go, knowing that it’s a close-to-home staple in New Zealand for over a century.
Credit: Erik’s Fish And Chips on Facebook When you’re here, revel in the crunchy fish and chips. Also, don’t hit the road without trying kumara wedges (sweet potatoes), calamari, bluff oysters and of course, the Instagram-friendly potato spiral. Address: Erik’s Fish And Chips, 13 Earl St, Queenstown 9300 Operating hours: Daily, 12PM-8.30PM Halal status: Halal-certified Website | Facebook Attraction nearby Ben Lomond
Credit: @returningweasel on Instagram You would need a good level of fitness to hike up Ben Lomond. But all those huffing and puffing will reward you with a breath-taking view of Mount Earnslaw and Aspiring. Whether you’re challenging yourself to a 3-4 hour walk (return) at Ben Lomond Saddle or a 6-8 hours walk (return) at Ben Lomond Summit, every step will take you closer to their natural splendours. Address: Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve, Ben Lomond 9371
6. Boliwood
Credit: Boliwood Indian Restaurant, Queenstown on Facebook Embracing the flavours and fragrance of Indian cuisine, Boliwood makes a pleasant food stop after exploring the best of Queenstown. Browse the menu for starters such as samosa chat, chicken tikka and fish koliwada. Then, bring out the flavours of kashmiri pilav rice with a side of butter chicken, vindaloo and kadai curries.
Credit: Boliwood Indian Restaurant, Queenstown on Facebook If you have room for seafood dishes, try everything from fish masala to prawn malabari. Besides that, vegetarians won’t feel left out after enjoying a round of vegetable amritsari, aloo gobi and vegetable jalfrezi. Address: Boliwood, 62 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300 Operating hours: Daily, 11AM-11PM Halal status: While the restaurant uses Muslim-friendly ingredients, do note that alcoholic beverages are served on the premise. We recommend you dine at your discretion Website | Facebook Attraction nearby Skyline Queenstown
Credit: Skyline Queenstown on Facebook Queenstown is one of South Island’s adventure capitals, so never let fear stop you from going to Skyline Queenstown. Speed downhill on a luge, admire the view of Queenstown from the gondola, go mountain biking on their world-class trails and experience stargazing once the skies turn to dusk. Address: Skyline Queenstown, Brecon Street, PO BOX 17, Queenstown Operating hours: Daily, 9AM-9PM Website P.S. Searching for more halal food in Queenstown and beyond? Check out with these 11 Muslim-friendly eateries for a foodie’s trip to New Zealand! Mackenzie
7. High Country Salmon
High Country Salmon cares more about fresh salmon than almost anyone else. Floating on the glacial waters of Wairepo Arm, you can bet their catch of the day is fresher than the ones from a supermarket.
 Step into this freshwater farm to feed the fishes (the kids will love this one!) and purchase salmon for tonight’s dinner. While you’re here, indulge in seafood chowder, salmon burger, miso noodle salmon soup and the beautifully sliced sashimi using fishes from the farm itself. Address: High Country Salmon, 2602 Twizel-Omarama Rd, Twizel Operating hours: Daily, 8AM-6PM (hours might differ according to season) Halal status: While this restaurant is not halal-certified, all the food is either vegetarian or seafood except for pastries, which are brought in by various suppliers and not prepared in the kitchen Website | Facebook Attraction nearby NZ Alpine Lavender Farm
Credit: NZ Alpine Lavender on Facebook You’ve probably seen NZ Alpine Lavender Farm on Instagram. Guess what? It’s only a 15-minute drive from your last salmon stop! Known as the largest organic lavender farm in the Southern Hemisphere, the rows of blooming lavender will keep your inner photographer busy. As long as you make time for lavender ice cream and souvenir shopping, continue to take pictures to your heart’s content.
#HHWT Tip : We went to the farm in early March only to find that the lavenders have been harvested, so do visit in January to enjoy the flowers in full bloom. Address: NZ Alpine Lavender Farm, 31/657 Mount Cook Rd, Ben Ohau 7999 Operating hours: Daily, 9AM-5PM (during opening seasons only) Admission: Free Note: The lavender farm is only open from mid-Nov to mid-March Website | Facebook Dunedin
8. KL Aroma Restaurant & Cafe
Credit: K L Aroma on Facebook Any time someone mentions ‘Malaysian food’, the Kiwis are likely to point you to KL Aroma Restaurant & Cafe. You’ll find this restaurant tucked away between boutiques and footwear shops along George Street, which makes a nice place for a short lunch break.
Credit: K L Aroma on Facebook If you’re craving for nasi lemak, roti canai, and mee goreng, this restaurant will bring these meals to your table. For a side of fire and flavour, complete your dining experience with butter chicken, lamb varuval and chicken rendang. Address: KL Aroma Restaurant & Cafe, Downstairs, 252 George Street, Dunedin Operating hours: Mon-Sat, 10.30AM-9PM; Public holidays, 11AM-4PM Halal status: Muslim-owned Facebook Attraction nearby Dunedin Botanic Garden
Credit: Dunedin Botanic Garden on Facebook You may have been to many gardens in the past, but Dunedin Botanic Garden offers a different kind of blooms. Known as New Zealand’s first botanic garden, it has seasonal attractions to explore such as the rose garden (summer), azalea garden (autumn), winter garden glasshouse (winter) and flowering cherry trees (spring). Address: Dunedin Botanic Garden, 12 Opoho Rd, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016 Operating hours: Daily, 24 hours Admission: Free Website | Facebook
9. Potpourri Vegetarian Cafe
Credit: @faithluv2eat on Instagram Consider Potpourri Vegetarian Cafe as an ode to fuss-free, plant-based dining. Walk up the counter and let them know you’re up for vege lasagne, falafel hummus and salad, mushroom burger or toasted cream cheese bagel.
Credit: @ncvelty on Instagram If you think all-day breakfasts are the best things ever, you’ll enjoy eggs benedict on a toasted bagel, waffles with berries and maple syrup as well as toasted granola with Greek yoghurt at noon. Address: Potpourri Vegetarian Cafe, 97 Stuart St, Dunedin 9016 Operating hours: Mon-Fri, 8AM-3.30PM; Sat, 9AM-3PM (Closed on Sun) Halal status: Muslim-owned, all-vegetarian menu Facebook Attraction nearby Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
Credit: Monarch Wildlife on Facebook It’s interesting to explore wildlife in the Southern Ocean, and Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours will take you there. Departing from Wellers Rock Wharf, the cruise will take you to Otago Peninsula where you’ll meet penguins, double albatross, dolphins and more. Address: Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours, 824 Harington Pont Road, Dunedin Operating hours: Mon-Fri, 9AM-5PM; Sat-Sun, 10AM-3PM Website | Facebook
10. Cafe Nesli Turkish Kebab
Credit: @bibbityboppitybites on Instagram You know you’ve arrived at Cafe Nesli Turkish Kebab when you spot its bright red exterior on George Street. Make your way to the counter and find a favourite among wrap kebabs, Iskender kebabs, pita bread kebabs and Shish kebabs.
Credit: @dapo_kitchen on Instagram Regardless of what you choose, each will be packed with spit-roasted lamb or chicken complete with salads and sauces. There’s also baklava and Turkish delights if you’re up for desserts. Address: Cafe Nesli Turkish Kebab, 355 George Street, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016 Operating hours: Daily, 11AM-10PM Halal status: Muslim-owned Facebook Attraction nearby Otago Museum
Credit: Otago Museum on Facebook There’s always something new to learn at Otago Museum, home to over 1.5 million museum items ranging from Japanese armour to pinned insects. With seven galleries to explore, visit the Southern Land, Southern People gallery for New Zealand’s largest fossil and Animal Attic gallery to see a tooth from Megalodon, the largest extinct shark that ever lived. Address : Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin 9016 Operating hours: Daily, 10AM-5PM Admission: Entry by donation (for museum and galleries only) Website | Facebook P.S. If you’re ready to savour the flavours of the North and South Islands, you’ll love our ultimate guide to halal food in New Zealand!
Credit: Giphy There are many halal restaurants and grocery stores sprinkled across New Zealand’s South Island, and all it takes is a dash of culinary curiosity to find them all. For times when you’re craving for hearty salmon chowder or crunchy fish and chips, this guide is the perfect checklist for every foodie. You might need extra serviettes for this one! This article is brought to you by Tourism New Zealand.