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11 Drinks You Have to Try in New Zealand

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The backpacker lifestyle or the ‘holiday’ part of your working holiday in New Zealand may involve drinking a refreshing beverage or 2. Here are our favourite New Zealand produced drinks and general drinks that New Zealand does well.

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1. L&P

You thought this was going to be all alcoholic beverages didn’t you? Lemon & Paeroa is New Zealand’s very own sweet soft drink now manufactured by Coca-Cola, of course. You can even visit the big bottle in Paeroa where L&P was born.

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2. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Wine

Any wine from Marlborough, the sunniest and driest region in New Zealand, is bound to please the taste buds. Sauvignon Blanc is New Zealand’s most vastly produced and famous wine.

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3. Apple Cider

Taste an apple in New Zealand and you know these apples lead to good things. One of those things is apple cider. Order a cider from any New Zealand bar and chances are you will have a good pint. From our experience, the paler the cider the better.

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4. Mulled Cider

A winter warmer in the form of cider, good mulled cider is made with spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.

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5. Slushy Cider

In complete contrast to mulled cider, slushy cider is an icy solution for a hot day or a brain freeze.

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6. Speight’s Beer

Featuring obscure trivia under the bottle cap about old New Zealand sports teams, Speight’s was established in Dunedin in 1876 and has been going strong in New Zealand ever since. Make sure to check out one of Speight’s Ale Houses for a complementing food and beer/cider combinations.

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7. Wild Buck Beer

Wild Buck is a simple no-nonsense New Zealand beer for the money-conscious alcoholic. The trivia under bottle cap caters to a wider audience than Speight’s.

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8. Stolen Rum

This New Zealand rum is steadily growing in international popularity, but why not taste it in the country in which it was fashioned. Try the bizarre coffee & cigarettes spiced rum with cola.

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9. 42Below Vodka

Geoff is some bloke from New Zealand who made good vodka and everyone liked it. As well as enjoying the variety of flavours 42Below comes in, you can enjoy the funny ads.

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10. Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is Another much needed winter warmer, which tends to be done exceedingly well in New Zealand. It’s pretty easy to find mulled wine mixers in the liquor stores to make your own.

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11. Epic Hop Zombie Beer

If you like hops like zombies like brains, then this is the beer for you.

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If beer is the drink for you, then you will love New Zealand. There seems to be more breweries than people here so check out our article: 25 Awesome New Zealand Beers.

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