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New Zealand’s Best Fish n’ Chips

There’s nothing better at the end of long, lazy hot summer day than a big feed of fish and chips, best enjoyed with lashings of tangy tomato sauce.

Fish and chips are a quintessential part of the kiwi summer. We’ve checked out some of the best chippies in the country, so wherever you happen to be these summer holidays, you won’t miss out.

It makes sense to start at the top of the North Island, and no list of top kiwi fish n chip shops would be complete without mentioning the world famous Mangonui Fish and Chip Shop. Thanks to write ups in The Lonely Planet travel guide, this place with its stunning harbour views has become a popular destination for fish and chip fans from around the globe. It has a fully stocked bar and a deck area for al fresco dining.

If you’re passing through on a road trip or you’re visiting Rotorua, make sure you pay Oppies Takeaway a visit. Oppies was voted the country’s top chip shop this year in the Best Chip Shop Competition. Members of the public and judges rated Oppies highly for its consistently excellent customer service, the freshness and colour of its chips as well as their low fat content.

The Fresh Fish Market on the waterfront in Tauranga is a firm favourite with both locals and visitors. It offers great tasting fish and chips, the fish freshly caught and cut at the on-site cutting room. The market also sells a range of deli goods and other kinds of takeaways. There’s something appealing about eating your fish and chips by the water, in sight of where the fish was caught, and you can do that at the Fresh Fish Market.

Going through Hawke’s Bay? Why not head to The Frying Dutchman? Judged the region’s best fish and chip shop in the 2011 Chip Shop Competition it is a friendly neighbourhood chip shop in Ahuriri run by father and son team Guus and Mark. The Frying Dutchman offers a range of specialist Dutch offers, in addition to good old fish and chips.

You could be forgiven for thinking that decent fish and chips would be hard to come by in landlocked Palmerston North, but it turns out that there are a number of good establishments. One of these is Cook Street Takeaways. Palmy locals swear by this place – generous portions and great value for money.

If your travels take you to the South Island, you can’t go past the Akaroa Fish and Chips. It also enjoys a very good reputation with tourists, thanks not only to generous portions and friendly service, but also one of the most fantastic views in the world, out over Banks Peninsula

If you experience a fish and chip craving in the deep south, pay Ric’s Galley in Portobello, Dunedin a visit. Ric’s blue cod is legendary and it has been both a winner and a finalist in the best fish and chip shop in the region category of the Chip Group’s Best Chip Shop awards.


Main image courtesy of David Pursehouse @Flickr.com

Editorial by Nick Chidley
28 November 2011

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Comments (5 comments)

  • tclyma

    The Mangonui Fish and Chip shop rocks - and the views are pretty good as well. F&C are great to have on the beach - just watch out for those pesky seagulls!

    9:36AM, 2nd Dec 2011

  • apples7

    Yum! I know what you mean tclyma I hate seagulls!

    9:37AM, 2nd Dec 2011

    Reply to tclyma's comment post @ 9:36AM, 2nd Dec 2011
    "The Mangonui Fish and Chip shop rocks - and the views are pretty good as well. F&C are great to have on the beach - just watch out for those pesky seagulls!"
  • saintstef

    When visiting Sumner in Christchurch, Pop in and say hi to Adam at Red Snapper Fish N Chips. One of the best in Christchurch

    12:33PM, 5th Dec 2011

  • Merle01

    People say Victory Square Fish n Chips in Nelson is the best! Is it?

    1:42PM, 4th Apr 2013

  • shaneyboy98

    I don't know who judged the best chip award In 2011. Oppies Fish & Chips, Rotorua are disgusting and yuck az! I've been there three times and their fish & chips are always cold and soggy, their chinese rice also tastes very bland. The waiting times for A simple order feel like they take an eternity. The three times I visited It took them about 20-30 minutes just to make my fish & chips, and chinese rice. To top It off, I was served by really young kids who were eating at the counter, very unprofessional in my opinion. The only reason why I went to Oppies is because they were suppose to have the 'best fish & chips in NZ', a load of crock I say. Sorry If my views are very negative, but I'll never be going back to Oppies again. If I was to vote the best fish & chip award It would be to my Fish & Chip shop down the road. West End Fish and Chips, Rotorua. Their chips & fish are always hot and tasty. Their wait times are quick too. No kids serving as well. :)

    10:12PM, 18th Apr 2013

  1. 137 Waterfront Drive, Mangonui, Far North, Northland

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