Great Kinds of Seafood in New Zealand

New Zealand has a large variety of seafood. There’s nothing better than tasting some freshly caught seafood.



Fresh scallop season in New Zealand runs from October until March. If you are lucky enough to be in the Coromandel in September, you can attend the annual Scallop Festival and sample a variety of excellent scallops and dishes.

Green Lipped Mussels

These dark green-shelled mussels also bare a bright green lip. These mussels are available year-round in New Zealand. For the best tasting ones enjoy them in the Marlborough area.

Bluff Oysters

Undoubtedly some of the best oysters in the world can be found in New Zealand. Visit every May and enjoy the Bluff Oyster Festival.


The Crayfish/Lobster capital of New Zealand is Kaikoura. Visit the Kaikoura Seafood BBQ. It is a beachside shack that serves the freshest catch of the day.


Mt Cook Salmon

New Zealand produces over half of the worlds king salmon. Tekapo has the highest salmon farm in the world at 677m above sea level.


Snapper is the most popular fish that is eaten in New Zealand. An abundance of snapper can be found in the North Island, but also is available throughout New Zealand.


Located in the rivers of the west coast of the South Island is the largest number of whitebait. This type of fish is highly sought after and can be sampled at the Curly Tree Whitebait Company on SH6.


This is considered a delicacy in New Zealand. It is often eaten in a fritter form. Paua fritters are commonly found at fish and chip locations around New Zealand.


Dig up your own cockles in Cockle Bay in Auckland. They are chocked full of minerals and vitamins. Be mindful of local limits on how many you can dig up and take.