Kiwis flocked to social media to discuss the staple Kiwi meal, unearthing some hidden gems and locally famous chippies from around the country, all worth venturing to on your summer holiday.

FishSmith, Herne Bay, Auckland

FishSmith was ranked in Metro's top 5 best fish and chips in Auckland for 2018.

The staff will cook the fish to your liking, and offer a wide range of sauces with your meal offering a unique dining experience.

There fish is flaky, extremely fresh and the chips are crispy and salty. Some customers even noting "I'd go out of my way just to eat at FishSmith" and "easily amongst the best fish n chips I've been to".

200 Jervois Road, Herne Bay
Open 7 Days (12:00pm - 8:30pm, Mon - Thur & Sun, 12:00pm - 9:00pm, Fri & Sat)
Take Away Orders, Ph: 09 376 3763

Greenwoods Fresh Catch, Epsom, Auckland

Greenwoods was ranked in Metro's top five Auckland fish and chip shops in 2018 and was awarded the best fish and chip shop in 2013.

It'd be hard to find a more passionate fish and chips chef in Auckland. Owners Thomas and wife Lilian hand pick their fresh fish at the markets and offer the option of battered or crumbled fish.

A number of customers have rated the shop as their favourite establishment, highlighting the flavour and freshness of the fish.

1 Pah Road, Epsom
Open 7 Days (4:30pm - 7:45pm)
Take Away Orders, Ph: 09 631 0111

Kaiaua Fisheries, Kaiaua


Kaiaua Fisheries Restaurant and Takeaways has twice been voted top in New Zealand for their fish and chips.

"Worth the drive" and "you have to eat here" tells you all you need to know about the little fish and chip shop located east of the Hunua Ranges. Kaiaua Fisheries guarantee 100 grams or more of fish fillet in every order.

Kaiaua Fisheries even have a gluten-free deep fryer so there is no chance of cross-contamination.

East Coast Road, Kaiaua 1870
Open 7 Days (9:00am - 8:00pm)
Take Away Orders, Ph: 09 232 2776

Bobby's Fresh Fish Market, Tauranga

Overlooking the harbour, you're sure to find the freshest fish in Tauranga. You just might have to share with the seagulls!

Known as the most popular fish and chip shop in Tauranga, you often have a lengthy wait but locals and tourists will tell you it's worth it every time. Bobby's overlooks the sea, providing a brilliant backdrop to enjoy your food with.

The batter is crispy and chips crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. At Bobby's you can have your fish wrapped in ice to take home or battered on the spot.

As one local puts it: "Good fish and chips at a reasonable price, is worth the wait". One Kiwi claims he "literally drove from Auckland just to have lunch there one day."

1 Dive Crescent, Tauranga
Open 7 Days (8:00am - 7:00pm)
Take Away Orders, Ph: 09 232 2776

Devon Sea Foods, Rotorua

Owner Dave Kelly has been serving up takeaways for over 26 years!

Devon Sea Foods is considered one of Rotorua's finest and has fans from around the world. Their fish is fresh, light and crispy and is the go-to chippie in Rotorua.

The delicious takeaway store is also known for its customary extra piece of fish they throw in for every family meal order, making it a favourite among the locals.

3 Devon Street, Glenholme, Rotorua,
Open Tue - Sun (10:30am - 7:00pm)
Take Away Orders, Ph: 07 349 2490

The Flying Squid, Dunedin

The Flying Squid is a North Dunedin institution that is hugely popular with locals and hungover students.

Customers have called their blue cod the best in the South Island and they cater for those who are gluten intolerant. Locals flock for their $2 shoestring fries with the option of garlic salt.

One student claimed he did a roadie down the South Island with his mates just to visit The Flying Squid.

118 Albany Street, North Dunedin
Open 7 Days, (12:00pm - 8:30pm Mon - Fri, 4:30pm - 8:30pm Sat & Sun)
Ph: 03 477 9800