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New Zealand's North Island restaurants

New Zealand cuisine relies heavily on local, seasonally fresh (and often organically grown) produce: seafood like juicy Bluff oysters in season (March to August), salmon, and green-lipped mussels; lamb and farmed venison; and native fruits and vegetables like kumara (a kind of sweet potato), feijoa (like a smaller, sweeter guava), and, of course, kiwifruit. Particularly in Auckland, Asian cuisine has had a big influence; sushi is plentiful, and Asian spices and cooking techniques are used by many chefs.

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Sally's Restaurant, Russell

In this sweet seaside village in the Bay of Islands, where the warm-weather population swells with tourists and "swallows" (better known in North America as...more

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Logan Brown Restaurant & Bar, Wellington

Wellington's most atmospheric restaurant occupies a former 1920s bank building, whose high domed ceiling and Corinthian columns now overlook a wooden bar and...more

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Grove, Auckland

Rising star Sid Sahrawat's innovative dishes have won him raves ever since he took over Grove's kitchen in the winter of 2006. The restaurant, tucked behind St....more

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French Café, Auckland

Visitors aren't likely to find this place by walking past it: It's set on a rather scruffy block at the edge of Auckland's downtown. But as well-heeled locals...more

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Euro, Auckland

A fashiony, sophisticated crowd throngs this culinary hot spot, set right on the swanky harbor-front complex of Princes Wharf (home to the Hilton). Euro is the...more

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Engine Room, Auckland

This bustling, casual bistro just across the Harbour Bridge from Auckland's city center became a favorite just after it opened in February 2006. Chef-owners...more

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Dine by Peter Gordon, Auckland

Native son Peter Gordon burst onto the Wellington scene in 1986, then ran restaurants in London, New York and Istanbul before deciding he wanted to come...more

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Citron, Wellington

It's won every culinary award in the country—and this dinky 30-seat dollhouse is still the best restaurant in the North Island's "Windy City." Here,...more

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Cibo, Auckland

Though it sits in the touristy neighborhood of Parnell, Cibo is almost exclusively frequented by the local smart set. The restaurant occupies a...more

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