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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO NEW ZEALAND GROCERY STORES & NZ FOOD

INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the BEST New Zealand Grocery Stores and Supermarkets. 

This is the ultimate list of New Zealand grocery stores chains and where to find them.

Plus a guide on what to buy at a NZ supermarket to make traditional New Zealand food that locals eat. (See below)

The best New Zealand grocery stores to buy New Zealand food products are:

  • New World New Zealand
  • PAKn’SAVE
  • Fresh Choice New Zealand
  • SuperValue foodtown, and
  • Countdown New Zealand

Countdown is the largest full service supermarket chains in New Zealand. There are more than 180 stores nationwide.

Four Square has more than 280 smaller supermarkets for groceries across New Zealand, mostly in smaller towns and country destinations.

These New Zealand supermarket chains have all the food you need to make NZ specialities! 

See the INSIDE SCOOP below for details on their locations.

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Guide to the Best Supermarkets in New Zealand on a Budget

Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in NZ dollars, unless otherwise stated

Where to find the Best New Zealand Supermarket for saving money?

Pak N Save has a great fuel discount system.

Fuel is so expensive in New Zealand, and food prices are not much better.

Shopping at Pak nSave helps us to save money on food and fuel.  It’s why we love to shop there.

Supermarket vouchers for fuel discounts are vital in New Zealand for budget travellers, so take advantage of the discount.

It makes a big difference at the bowser.

Find them at Countdown and New World Supermarket New Zealand too.

Best New Zealand Grocery Stores for Travelers

Hot Tips: You can also ask for a Tourist Card at Countdown and New World, and get discounts on food at these supermarkets in NZ too. 

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More Places to go Food Shopping in New Zealand

No.1: Local Dairy Convenience Stores in New Zealand

You can also find a local ‘dairy’, which is the term in New Zealand for a convenience store. Four Square is the dairy you are most likely to see as you travel around New Zealand.

There’s also Night n’ Day convenience stores.

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No.2: Farmers Markets in New Zealand

Farmers markets in New Zealand are another place to buy fruit and vegetables, ready to eat food, and regional food souvenirs from the local producers.

Check out our list of New Zealand farmer’s markets, in our New Zealand Markets Guide.

Now you know where to buy food in New Zealand, here’s a list of the best things to buy in a New Zealand grocery store.

This is the FUN part.

SHOPPING!

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New Zealand Traditional Food

We head to a local supermarket on all our travels.

It’s where you can learn the National Food secrets.

The supermarket is the place to discover the traditional New Zealand food that the locals are cooking from everyday kiwis doing their regular New Zealand food shop.

Without being “stalkerish”, watch what the locals put into their trolleys.

Then copy!

Be sure to READ the tins, bottles, boxes and packets too.

There’s great authentic kiwi recipes on many of them.

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Popular NZ Food to make –  Savoury Foods

The most popular New Zealand dinners include Bacon and Egg Pie, Fried Maori Bread, Leg of Lamb, and Whitebait Fritters.

The most popular snack is onion dip! (And something to dip in it – carrot sticks, celery sticks, or potato crisps)new zealand cookbook - Edmonds cookery book

New Zealand Cookbook Suggestions for Savoury Dishes

The Great New Zealand Cookbook collection features over 200 New Zealand cuisine recipes from eighty of New Zealand’s finest cooks, chefs and bakers.

The other go-to New Zealand cook book is The Edmonds Cookery book, originally released as Sure to Rise, is a household mainstay in NZ. The Edmonds cookery book has sold over 3 million copies since it was first published in 1908, making it the best-selling New Zealand book by far.

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Popular Sweet Treats in New Zealand

Try out a few traditional Kiwi recipes such as Anzac biscuits, Afghan biscuits (pictured above), and jelly slice, but the best food in New Zealand in my opinion is my favourite LOLLY CAKE.

I highly recommend The Great New Zealand Cook The Great New Zealand Baking Book – it has ALL the favourite New Zealand baking recipes for the popular NZ slices including Lolly Cake.

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BEST FOOD SOUVENIRS FROM NEW ZEALAND

What to buy in a New Zealand Grocery Store?

The best things to buy in New Zealand for foodies at one of the NZ grocery stores is a selection of popular New Zealand brands of food they can use in their own recipes back home.

You can also buy new food products, condiments, sauces and pantry staples they haven’t tried or used before.

Here’s a tip: Some of the best New Zealand recipes are on the box or bag of the food products you use in the recipe!

Take a look at our sample of well known Kiwi food you might buy for a fun NZ souvenir gift.

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No.1: New Zealand Breakfast Foods

New Zealand products you should buy in a New Zealand grocery store for breakfast.

  • Skippy cornflakes
  • Sanitarium Weeties
  • Vogels muesli
  • Marmite (as pictured above. Which one are you?)
  • Weetbix

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No.2: Pantry Staples for savoury dishes

Watties tomato sauce is a pantry staple Kiwis buy from their local grocery store in New Zealand.

So are Watties baked beans and Watties spaghetti in a tin.

  • Nestle Reduced Cream and Maggi Onion Soup Mix – to make the famous Kiwi Onion Dip!
  • New Zealand Golden Churn butter in a can
  • Cerebos brand: Sweet fruit chutney, piccalilli or tomato relish
  • Whitlocks brand: Thick mint sauce or Worcester sauce
  • Speights Old Dark BBQ sauce
  • Watties baked beans, Watties spaghetti, Watties condensed soups
  • Watties Bit on the Side sauces, Watties Tomato sauce
  • New Zealand’s famous Kaitaia Fire Chilli Pepper Hot Sauce, made with organically grown cayenne chillis
  • Waha Wera green hot sauce (Kiwifruit, Habanero and Manuka honey) sauce

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No.3: What to buy in New Zealand for friends

You can’t go wrong with any of these kiwi staples. 

  • Chelsea Golden Syrup
  • Feijoa jam
  • Golden kiwifruit jam
  • NZ Manuka Honey
  • Edmonds Brand: Custard Powder, biscuit and cupcake mixes, baking soda, baking powder
  • Pavlova egg (never risk that egg white flop again!)

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No.4: Traditional Maori Food

Find Charles Royal Maori Food (Kinaki Wild Herbs):

  • Dried Kawakawa (Maori bush basil)
  • Dried Horopito (Maori pepper)

If you want to experiment with these herbs, take a look at Kai Time, the cookery book of tasty modern Maori food.

There’s recipes including:

  • Eel and Whitebait Omelette
  • Venison with Blackberry Jus
  • Kumara and Potato Rosti and Pikopiko; and
  • Roast Garlic and Thyme Prawns on Coconut Jasmine Rice.

Kai Time redefines Maori cuisine by blending traditional Maori ingredients and practices with the many modern culinary styles of New Zealand.

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MORE NEW ZEALAND FOOD PRODUCTS 

No.5: The Best New Zealand Snacks

New Zealand supermarkets are filled with Kiwi Souvenir options for friends, family, and kids (of all ages!)

Check out the chip aisle, the biscuit aisle, and the drinks aisle to find delicious treats you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Want to know more about the best NZ souvenirs you can eat? Check our guide to NZ snacks.


RELATED: The Ultimate Guide to New Zealand Snacks and Drinks

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No.6: The Best New Zealand Lollies

NZ sweets rule.  There sweet as, bro.

Eskimo lollies in New Zealand are our favourite.

Similar to musk sticks in flavour, these eskimo shaped candy bars are super cute too.

We love Kiwi candy so much, we wrote a guide to it. Take a look.


RELATED: The Ultimate Guide to the Best New Zealand Candy

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No.7: The Best New Zealand Desserts

Hokey Pokey icecream is the go-to after dinner dessert in New Zealand.

But it’s not my favourite.

That would be Banoffee Pie, a concoction of:

  • crushed malt biscuits and butter base
  • topped with gooey caramel
  • layers of fresh banana, and
  • finished with a thick layer of whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

This dessert is not originally from New Zealand, (it’s British) but they’ve adopted it, like most things!

New Zealand treats at a gathering

At any barbeque or Kiwi gathering you are likely to find:

  • Pavlova (the jury is still out on whether this dessert originated in New Zealand or Australia. Who cares? It’s good!)
  • Pineapple Lump Slice
  • Chocolate Log
  • Strawberry Lamingtons, stuffed with jam and fresh cream
  • Chocolate Eclairs, bursting with fresh cream
  • Louise Cake Slice – shortcake crust with raspberry jam and coconut meringue
  • Vanilla Slice

There’s one dessert my kids always ask their Nana for when we are in NZ.

“Spiders”

A scoop of vanilla ice cream covered with Coke.

This fizz bomb is LOVED by kids all over NZ, so much so you can find the recipe on PAK’nSAVE’s website!

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No.8: The Best NZ Chocolate

You’ll be surprised by the range of chocolate available in New Zealand.

While there are only a few major producers of chocolate, there is an abundance of boutique handmade chocolate makers.

The best known and loved is the Whittakers Chocolate brand.

Do yourself a favour and look at their Artisan range.

SO good!


RELATED: Click here for the ultimate list of the best New Zealand chocolate, including Artisan chocolates & the best Chocolate Factories.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: WHERE TO FIND NEW ZEALAND SUPERMARKETS

Here’s a list of the main New Zealand grocery stores in Auckland.

Most of the bigger Auckland grocery stores are outside of the inner city, so if you want to do a real family shop in grocery stores in New Zealand, you’ll need a car. 

 

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Well known Supermarkets in Auckland

Countdown grocery store Auckland:

  • Countdown Auckland Metro, 19-25 Victoria St W, Auckland CBD
  • Countdown Auckland City, 76 Quay St, Auckland CBD
  • Countdown Ponsonby, 4 Williamson Ave, Ponsonby, Auckland
  • Countdown Greenlane, 326 Great South Rd, Greenlane, Auckland
  • Countdown Mt Eden, Cnr Valley & Dominion Roads, Mount Eden, Auckland
  • Countdown Grey Lynn Central, 144 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn, Auckland

New World Supermarket Auckland:

  • New World Metro, 125 Queen St, Auckland CBD, Auckland
  • New World Victoria Park, 2 College Hill, Freemans Bay, Auckland
  • New World Remuera, 10 Clonbern Rd, Remuera, Auckland
  • New World Stonefields, 100 Lunn Ave, Mount Wellington, Auckland

PAK’nSAVE supermarket Auckland

(The cheapest grocery store New Zealand has to offer)

  • Lincoln Road, Shopping Centre, Henderson, Auckland

More Grocery Stores in New Zealand

Lim Chhour Asian Supermarkets NZ

  • Lim Chhour, 184 Karangahape Rd, Auckland CBD
  • Lim Chhour Manukau, 6 Lakewood Ct, Manukau, Auckland

Japan Mart Asian supermarket

  • 26-28 Wyndham St, Auckland CBD

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MORE North Island Supermarkets

Here’s a list of more Grocery Stores New Zealand style! 

Supermarket Hamilton

Click here for Hamilton supermarkets

Supermarket Tauranga

Click here for Tauranga supermarkets

Supermarket Matamata

Click here for Matamata supermarkets

Supermarket Taupo

Click here for Taupo supermarkets

Supermarket Hawke’s Bay

Click here for Hawkes Bay supermarkets   (Napier, Havelock North, Hastings, Wairoa, Taradale)

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Supermarkets in Wellington

Looking for a Wellington supermarket in New Zealand? 

New World Supermarket Wellington

  • New World Wellington City, 279 Wakefield St, Te Aro, Wellington
  • New World Willis Street Metro, 68-70 Willis St, Wellington
  • New World Railway Metro, 2 Bunny St, Pipitea, Wellington
  • New World Newtown, 195 Riddiford St, Newtown, Wellington
  • New World Miramar, 48 Miramar Ave, Miramar, Wellington
  • New World Thorndon, 150 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington

Countdown supermarkets in Wellington

  • Countdown Cable Car Lane, 280-284 Lambton Quay, Wellington
  • Countdown Kilbirnie, 47 Bay Rd, Kilbirnie, Wellington
  • Countdown Tawa, 5 William Earp Pl, Tawa, Wellington
  • Countdown Crofton Downs, 124 Churchill Dr, Crofton Downs, Wellington

PAK’nSAVE supermarket in Wellington

  • PAK’nSAVE Kilbirnie, 78 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie, Wellington
  • PAK’nSAVE Porirua, 12 Parumoana St, Porirua

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MORE South Island Supermarkets 

Supermarket Blenheim

Click here for Blenheim supermarkets

Supermarket Nelson

Click here for Nelson supermarkets

Supermarket Christchurch

Click here for Christchurch supermarkets

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Supermarket Dunedin

Click here for Dunedin supermarkets

Supermarket Queenstown

Click here for Queenstown supermarkets

Supermarket Invercargill

Click here for Invercargill supermarkets

Toadstool Rating: NZ Supermarkets

Visit PaknSave New Zealand supermarket at least once, just for the experience! 

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