Fish and chips has to be one of the most popular takeaways in New Zealand, especially on a Friday night. We Kiwis love huddling around a parcel of deep fried and battered morsels and we all have our favourite local to buy them from.
But what if you’re visiting another town and craving fish and chips? Where do you go? With all the options, it’s hard to know where to get the best, so we put together a list of some of them – and while we know just how fierce competition can be – we hope it helps you find a top chippie near you on your next holiday.
Here’s our picks:
- So Fine Seafoods, Lower Hutt, Wellington
Let’s start with an official winner of New Zealand’s best fish and chip shop. This Lower Hutt takeaway became the Grand National Winner of the 2017 Best Chip Shop Competition, having been a regional winner in the competition an impressive five times. According to the mystery shopper who helped judge them, So Fine Seafoods‘ chips were ‘easily the best’ they’d ever had.
- Akaroa Fish and Chips, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula
This chip shop is world famous, and with its amazing view of Akaroa Harbour, indoor and outdoor dining, and generous portions, it’s easy to see why.
We have it on good authority their blue cod is real winner too. Just be prepared to queue, this is one popular place!
- The Smokehouse, Mapua, Nelson
Recently renovated with indoor seating, The Smokehouse on the Mapua Wharf is a local institution. Sit in, or sit out on the beautiful Mapua Wharf and watch the tide roll in and out.
With a deli counter full of delectable pates, pies and chowders to take away for later, The Smokehouse should be on every foodies bucket list whilst in Tasman.
- FishSmith, Herne Bay, Auckland
A fresh take on an old favourite, FishSmith offers all the classics and more. So, as well as your usual crumbed or battered seafood, sausages and hand cut chips, you’ll find some more unique options like fish tacos, fish croquettes and even fresh salads and fish soups – great if you’re on a health kick, but don’t want to say a hard no to takeaways.
- The Naked Chip, Waimate, South Canterbury
With strong reviews and some past regional wins in the Best Chip Shop Competition, we aren’t the only ones that rate The Naked Chip – and it isn’t just their quirky name that we love.
Cooked in clean oil and at just the right temperature, their chips are lower in fat, but oh so tasty.
- Erik’s Fish and Chips, Queenstown
If you’ve toured around Queenstown, you’ll know food can be on the pricier side in this popular hotspot, which makes Erik’s budget friendly fish and chips a welcome relief on the pocket.
Affordable doesn’t mean low quality though! Erik sources the best local ingredients and even has gluten free, dairy free, nut free and halal certified options and is a family favourite with the locals.
- Queen Vic Chippy, Cambridge
There’s no doubt that we make good fish and chips in New Zealand, but it has to be said that the English are pretty good at it too, a point that isn’t lost on this chip shop.
With a decent English population, Queen Vic Chippy offers mushy peas, black pudding and curry sauce along with the old faithfuls, and with two qualified chefs at the helm, they do an excellent job of it too.
What do you think?
These are just some of the best. If you know some great fish and chip shops in your area, we’d love to hear about them! Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.
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