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NZ Motor Hol Food Tip: The Great Kiwi Barbecue

It’s a Tradition

barbecue-820010_640You’re on a New Zealand motorhome holiday. You’ve packed your bags, picked up your motorhome, and headed out onto the highway in search of adventure. Then you think: what am I going to eat? You can’t eat out every night – that would seriously blow your budget – and you can’t make two-minute noodles in that tiny motorhome kitchen all the time – that would just be depressing. So why not take full advantage of being in New Zealand and indulge in a great Kiwi tradition… the barbecue.

Take Advantage of Public Barbecues

Many parks, beaches and campsites throughout New Zealand have barbecues available for public use. Most are free, but some require prearranging with the appropriate authorities. You could also get yourself a small portable barbecue, but make sure you check the fire hazard warnings of individual areas before using it.


The smell of the barbecue will become one of the highlights of your trip. Nothing makes you feel more at peace with the world than gulping a cold beer whilst the hot smoke drifts by your portable chair, towards the setting sun. To make it the perfect Kiwi barbecue, you need to purchase the following:


No New Zealand barbecue is complete without steak, and whether you like it tough as old boots or practically still mooing, New Zealand beef is the way to go.


sausage_linkKiwis sometimes call sausages bangers in a throwback to New Zealand’s British heritage. No kid will enjoy a barbecue without the sizzle of sausages. Let’s face it, no matter how dodgy the quality of the sausage, it always tastes like ambrosia when fresh off the ‘barbie’ and smothered in…

Tomato Sauce

For the authentic Kiwi experience, make sure it’s Wattie’s sauce. (Wattie’s is New Zealand’s version of Heinz.) And, of course, to stop the sauce dripping you need…


Just plain white bread. For some reason, it has to be. Kids love it and, when it comes to sausages, I do to.


Kebabs come in the a whole range of flavours. Chicken in peanut satay is always a good choice. You probably won’t want the hassle of making them from scratch if you’re living in a motorhome, so just get some pre-marinated ones from the supermarket.


corn-40294_960_720Fresh corn on the cob is so cheap in New Zealand. It’s also amazingly tasty. Done on the barbecue, you don’t even need to add butter. Just savour the kernels as they are, warm and juicy.

Potato Salad

A good potato salad is what makes the Great New Zealand Barbecue. Chop potatoes into chunks, boil them ’til they’re soft, leave to cool, then coat them in mayonnaise. Yum. You can jazz the ‘salad’ up by adding extras such as bacon bits and parsley, or asparagus, or basically anything you want. If you feel restricted by the kitchen in the motorhome, you can usually get tubs of ready-made potato salad at the supermarket.


beerAnd there you have it. Crack open a cold one and enjoy being a Kiwi. A good idea to make kids feel involved is to give them a bottle of ginger beer. Cheers.

Useful Links

The Best Public Barbecues in New Zealand

Cheap New Zealand Motorhome Hire

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