New Zealand has a fantastic range of unique beverages available throughout the country. From world renowned dairy to award winning wine, there is sure to be something on this list for you. Check out our 'must try' drinks below!
1. L&P (Lemon & Paeroa)
Lemon & Paeroa, more commonly known as "L&P" is New Zealand's favourite soft drink and an iconic part of kiwiana.
Lemon & Paeora was created in 1907, from a combination of lemon juice and naturally carbonated mineral water from the Paeora spring.
It is now owned and manufactured by Coca-Cola, however, the proud memories of L&P’s creation are kept alive in Paeroa by the giant, 7 metre tall L&P bottle standing in Ohinemura Park. Plus it makes for a great picture!
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2. Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Milk
This chocolate milk is so good it genuinely caused a national crisis when it ran out! Upon re-release, supermarkets had to limit 1 bottle per customer and had to have security guards monitor milk fridges as it was in such high demand.
Lewis Road Creamery collaborated with Whittaker's Chocolate (a fellow Kiwi brand) to make some of the best chocolate milk you'll ever have.
Lewis Road offer an extensive range of dairy products including butter, milk and ice cream. Be warned the prices can be steep but it is worth every cent!
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3. "The Longest Drink in Town" Milkshake
Since 1968, The Longest drink In Town with its iconic blue and red giraffe image has appeared on the side of the cups used by dairies (corner shops), ice cream parlours, cafes, and takeaways for milkshakes and thickshakes.
Nearly every Kiwi will have had a shake in one of these cups and the sight of one will bring back memories of walking home from the beach on a hot summer's day, Friday fish & chips wrapped in newspaper or holidaying at the bach with family.
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4. Charlie's Orange Juice
Started in 1999 when three childhood friends joined forces, started hand juicing oranges, and created the sweetest and pulpiest juice. Charlie's make "honest juice", meaning; no concentrate, no preservatives, and no added sugar!
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5. Flat White
The flat white is a staple of New Zealand coffee culture. A double shot of espresso combined with silky milk that has a thin band of foam on top. It's less milky than a latte and less foamy than a cappuccino.
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6. New Zealand Spring Water
Most rural areas in New Zealand provide water from a local spring that tastes sweet, clean and pure. The Blue Spring in Waikato is so pure that it supplies 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water.
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Not that many people would associate New Zealand with gin, however, it turns out we aren't too bad at making it. New Zealand’s own Scapegrace Gold won best London Dry Gin at the 2018 International Spirit Awards beating more than 600 other gins.
There are now 21 different Kiwi companies making gin, offering a vast range of options. Grab yourself a New Zealand made East Imperial Tonic Water to go along with the gin, and have a New Zealand inspired gin and tonic.
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8. Craft Beer
Craft beer is defined as being made in a traditional way by a small brewery so it seems natural that New Zealand has embraced the trend. Many ideas brands started as project in the shed or backyard and grew into breweries.
There are now over 150 small craft breweries across New Zealand creating a vast range of unique beers, including international styles and original Kiwi creations. Keep an eye out at your local supermarket or liquor store.
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9. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough in famous for its Sauvignon Blanc production, it put New Zealand on the international wine map. Sauvignon is usually full of pungent, grassy flavours that are internationally associated with New Zealand wine style. Make sure to look for a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region when in New Zealand.
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10. Central Otago Pinot Noir
Not an easy grape to grow, Pinot Noir is the red wine grape and is the second most planted and picked grape in New Zealand. Predominantly grown in the cooler southerly wine regions, be on the lookout for some of New Zealand’s best red wine from the Central Otago region.
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