Welcome to Wellington! The last time I was down here I was only vegetarian, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect now that I've also scratched dairy & eggs off the menu and am following a more plant-based diet.
On the 3 hour flight over from Melbourne, Qantas had an amazing fully vegan meal on board for us, including cookies! There's a reason why they're still my favorite airline (it probably also helped that their in-flight entertainment was superb - KUWTK anyone?!).
Once I arrived in Wellington I explored some supermarkets and the choice of healthy vegan options wasn't too bad. However, when I'm travelling I also like to eat out at local restaurants. So without further ado, here are my favorite veggie-friendly eateries in & around Wellington, plus one real little little gem I found in Blenheim on the South Island!
1) Burger Fuel - NZ Burger Chain
Vegetarian & vegan burgers, soy milkshakes & incredibly tasty kumara fries, what's not to love?!
2) Hell Pizza - NZ Pizza Chain
Yes, they have dairy-free mozzarella :) There's one vegan-friendly pizza on the menu called "Sinister", or you just order "The Creator" and build your own pizza entirely, like I did in the pic below. My choice of toppings were: asparagus, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, pickles & vegan cheese
3) Auntie Mena's - an institution in Wellington City!
Yummy vegetarian Asian food right on Cuba Street. Think noodles, rice & mock chicken. Some great vegan options are also available.
4) Raw - Petone
Just outside Wellington you'll find a pretty little beachy suburb called Petone. Apart from beautiful boutiques, international food stores and tons of coffee shops there's also this brand-new place right on the main street, Jackson Street, called Raw. Their smoothies are incredible & the bounty balls are to-die-for (yep, they do taste like the Bounty bars)!
Extra tip: if you ever make it down to Blenheim on the South Island, check out Café Ritual for some super tasty meals, cakes & smoothies. Of course their coffee is awesome too!
...and no matter where you're flying in from, you will most likely be jet-lagged. And that's a good excuse to check out all those funky little cafes in Wellington & elsewhere in NZ.
Kiwis know their coffee - so your taste buds will be thrilled! Soy milk is pretty much available everywhere these days, with some cafes even offering rice or almond milk!