In general Kiwis love a good drink. There are now only three major breweries serving the North and South Island, but there are many regional brands testing the boozey waters. The New Zealand wine industry is huge though and they’re now one of the top producers of Sauvignon Blanc. You need to be 18 to purchase alcohol in New Zealand, and anyone who looks under 25 will be challenged for their passport or driving licence.
The Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand is well known for its Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and more recently Viognier varieties. Marlborough is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc and is the largest wine producing region. Many vineyards now offer winery tours, wine tasting and sales from the vineyard – sounds like a great reason to visit New Zealand to me!
New Zealand has recently introduced a liquor ban in certain areas, meaning you can’t even carry alcoholic drinks in particular places at certain times of the day or night. You can be arrested if you don’t comply. Youth drink-driving is one of the largest causes of death and injuries on New Zealand’s roads – if you’re found to be this stupid, expect severe consequences.
As we found out in Food in New Zealand cafe culture in the country is booming. All the coffee styles are catered for – in fact I challenge you to find a coffee that can’t be created. Flat whites are the most popular caffeine drink in New Zealand. If you’re missing the comfort of home, just order a Fluffies – it’s a small frothed milk for children, sprinkled with chocolate powder – perfect for keeping any pangs of homesickness at bay.
The tap water in New Zealand is perfectly safe to drink and regarded as some of the cleanest in the world – though might be a little chlorinated for some tastes. Tap water in places such as Christchurch and Hastings is not chlorinated at all as it is drawn from the pure artesian aquifers of the Canterbury and Heretaunga plains.
All the worldwide favourites are available in New Zealand, but the most popular choice is L & P or Lemon & Paeroa. Thesweet carbonated lemonade-style drink is said to be "world famous in New Zealand". It’s sold in a brown plastic bottle with a yellow label, similar to the traditional brown glass bottles it used to be sold in. Kids love it and you’ll probably love it with a dash of whisky.