There's one fruit that everyone associates with New Zealand, and that's the kiwifruit - that green-meated, furry-skinned fruit that makes up half of the strawberry-kiwi dynamic duo.
Also known as the Chinese Gooseberry, they originally were grown in China but are now possibly New Zealand's best-known export, other than, say, Crowded House and Flight of the Conchords. It's named after the kiwi, the country's symbolic flightless bird.
iReporter Tab Hauser of Flower Hill, New York, was delighted that upon arriving in New Zealand in July 2010 for a visit with his family, he could find not only the standard green variety that we get in grocery stores, but also a golden yellow kiwifruit that was "a little juicier," as he described it.
"While seeing the sights is important, this foodie family finds taking part in the tastes of a visited country something we really enjoy," he said.
New Zealand's culinary options borrow from many other places in the world, so you can eat just about anything you want there. Everything from burgers to beer to Asian specialties.
Hauser was a big fan of the local seafood, including green-lipped mussels and regional fish and oysters. But if one thing stood out from everything, it might just be the fish and chips. Hauser pointed out that he thought New Zealand does this classic meal especially well.
"One should not leave New Zealand without having the fish and chips at least twice," he said. "Even our non-fish eater liked them."
Another iReporter also had a fish-and-chips experience when she visited in November 2010. Archi Agwal of Dallas, Texas, shared a photo of her devoured fish, along with pictures of a vegetable fritter, unusual drinks and coffee served in a container similar to a soup bowl. The fishy meals are everywhere, Agwal discovered.
"Fish and chips is the most common food that one can find in any small street side shop," she said.
Overall, Hauser says if you go to New Zealand, go ahead and indulge - whatever it is you decide to get.
"The bottom line is you won't go hungry in New Zealand and it will not break your wallet with the exchange rate as it is."
If you've been to New Zealand, we're curious what you would recommend and what you've enjoyed. Share what you think a traveler should eat, and any food-related adventures you've had in the comments area below.
CNN's Destination Adventure series takes a look at great places for eager explorers. Each week, we'll feature favorite regional foods, secrets from the locals and the best photos and stories from readers. Have you been to New Zealand? Share your story with CNN iReport. And next week, we'll journey to South Africa.
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