Sometimes it’s the most simplest of pleasures that are the most enjoyable. Those moments of pure serendipity that just unfold before you without any planning.


Kaikoura New Zealand

Whilst touring New Zealand’s South Island we drove north to the quaint little fishing village of Kaikoura. The town is known for its seal colonies, and it’s amazing seafood chowder.


A Seafood Picnic on the Grass

We had so many lovely meals in this village but my favourite was picnicking with the family by the side of the road. It was particularly relaxing because we had the beach on one side with a very active seal colony present, snow capped mountains in the background, and a food van cooking and serving the local fishermans catch of the day.


Anais & Locky @ Kaikoura Playground

Cooking in the “Original Kaikoura Seafood BBQ” food truck was a 7th generation Kaikoura local. We watched as he skillfully cooked Paua (which I discovered is the local word for Abalone), scallops, salmon, whitebait and crayfish.  The seafood was fresh and natural, all that was added was a little bit of garlic, butter and lemon.  Each dish was served it with a simple salad or a slice of bread.  Very basic, honest  food, and very tasty.


Kaikoura’s Original BBQ Seafood Food Van

I was curious about the whitebait fritter.  I had watched a few being cooked, their little eyes looking up at me. Despite this I decided that I would need to try one.


Whitebait Fritters Cooking

The flavour of the seafood was mild and light and the fritter was like an omelet.  The addition of the garlic, butter and lemon made it a very enjoyable and unique dish.


New Zealand Whitebait Fritter

Mr GG and I had sampled wine from a few vineyards during our cross country driving and sight seeing adventure.  We happened to have a Pinot Noir with us from a local vineyard, Mudhouse.  It was a lovely Pinot Noir which went nicely with the abalone.

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Local New Zealand Mud House Red

Hubby and I ate leisurely, snacking on delicacies that anywhere else would have been so cost prohibitive.


Scallops BBQ in Garlic Butter

We ordered more BBQ seafood snacks as we enjoyed our wine.


Scallops BBQ in Garlic Butter & Lemon

All the while laying out on lush green grass while the children went spotting seals and collecting shells.


BBQ Crayfish

I don’t think life gets much better than this…

The final item on the menu for me was the Paua Fritters, I have never tried Abalone before so it seemed like a good opportunity.


Paua Fritters Cooking (Abalone)

Watching the fritter on the hotplate I noticed that it darkened quite a lot as it cooked.


BBQ Paua Fritter or Abalone

The flavour was stronger of the sea than the whitebait, and it also had a different texture.  It probably isn’t my favourite seafood but I am pleased I have tried it here where it is actually a traditional food.


Seafood Chowder

Everywhere we stop to eat hubby has been trying the seafood chowder.  He is determined to find the best Kaikoura has to offer. With this in mind he orders a cup of chowder.  It comes with bread for dipping.


Anais trying Seafood Chowder

It’s a really nice mix of seafood but thinner in consistency than some of the others we have tried on this trip.  This doesn’t stop little Anais finishing off the second cup!

So readers, is this something you would enjoy? Do you like to sample all the local flavours when you travel?