Kaikoura’s crayfish makes it to Lonely Planet

Crayfish in Kaikoura has been ranked by Lonely Planet’s new publication—Ultimate Eatlist, making New Zealand’s highest entry in the book

Crayfish in Kaikoura has ranked number seven on the list of 500 Top Food Experiences in the world by Lonely Planet’s new publication—Ultimate Eatlist.


Outranking the likes of pizza in Naples and dim sum in Hong Kong, Crayfish in Kaikoura was New Zealand’s highest entry in the book, which also included whitebait fritters (#54), hangi (#304), Hokitika Wildfoods Festival (#346), manuka honey (#438), and the hotly-contested pavlova (#429, joint AU and NZ entry).

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist travels the world with an insatiable appetite to present the definitive foodie bucket-list and ranks the world’s top 500 food experiences. The team of expert food editors were aided by a panel—made up of chef and TV presenter Adam Liaw and food blogger Leyla Kazim—who evaluated the entries according to the taste of the dish, its cultural importance, and the special atmosphere of the location.

The top 10 food experiences in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist are:

  1. Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain
  2. Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  3. Sushi in Tokyo, Japan
  4. Beef brisket in Texas, USA
  5. Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand
  6. Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark
  7. Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand
  8. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea
  9. Pizza Margherita in Naples, Italy
  10. Dim sum in Hong Kong

Source: Tourism New Zealand

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