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maître d' Laura
things up; the
tables are set
seafood at Fish;
leg with red
duck liver, and
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
The "City of Sails" dishes the real thing as Kiwis discover their local larder.
the Marlborough region. The reinvented Kiwi
and casual Archive Bar and Bistro, a recent
for attention with the beauty of
cuisine - forged by a crew of chefs determined
addition to the estate.
New Zealand's countryside, globally
to cook from New Zealand's volcanic soil and
broadcast by The Lord of the Rings
seafood-rich surrounding waters - is evident
trilogy. It also gets unfairly lumped in with
throughout the country, but most concentrat-
A cruise ship is a natural way to call on the
Australia's big cities, and some old stereotypes
ed in Auckland. New in town is Pasture (235
City of Sails, which is frequently included on
have tarnished its culinary reputation.
Parnell Road), where chef Ed Verner pickles
Australia and New Zealand itineraries. Viking
vegetables, ages butter, and cooks over an
Ocean Cruises' 15-day, two-country voyage
'cooking from your English grandma's kitchen' -
open flame for just 20 diners at a time, while
aboard the 930-passenger Viking Spirit visits
not great or tasty," says Lynda Turley, a Virtu-
his wife, maître d' Laura Verner, expertly pairs
several Aussie culinary highlights, including
oso advisor based in Saratoga, California. "But
wines and creative cocktails. From legendary
Sydney and Melbourne, finishing up in Auck-
the scene has dramatically changed, and this
chef Gareth Stewart, Fish (Prince's Wharf )
land (be sure to have your travel advisor book
striking destination known for its adventure
is Turley's pick for sustainable seafood. And
Viking's three-hour tasting tour excursion).
travel and natural attractions has now become
don't miss the 40-minute ferry ride to Waiheke
Adding a two-night post-cruise extension in
a mecca for foodies and oenophiles."
Island for tastings at its many vineyards: Turley
the city allows for plenty of unrushed grazing.
recommends Mudbrick (126 Church Bay
Departure: December 16, 2018; from $6,799.
Road), with its "romantic winery restaurant"
Extension from $699.
"New Zealand food used to be known as
That gastronomic awakening has taken
place beyond the popular sauvignon blancs of
4 2 V I R T U O S O T R AV E L E R
(PASTURE) AARON MCLEAN, (FISH) ALEX WALLACE
uckland doesn't just have to compete