Before we embark on a journey, we always have to go through the daunting process of planning and packing. And then you would think that that’s it and that there is nothing else to worry about. However, if you are a vegan, then thinking about the food and planning your trip there according to the menus of the restaurants is quite a normal thing, and yes, it can be very nerve-wracking. In order to make this a bit easier for you, here are some of the vegan travel tips if you want to visit New Zealand. New Zealand is one of the greenest countries in the world (The Shire anyone?), so it is safe to assume that you won’t have any problems finding food there if you are vegan. But – yes, there is always a but – it is always better to be safe than sorry. So, without further ado, these are the things you should do if you want to visit New Zealand anytime soon:
1. Know where you are eating
The first thing to do, however, is to do a bit of research and actually see what vegan food joints the places you will visit have. Big cities such as Auckland, Wellington or Queenstown have plenty of vegan options, but it would be good to try and find them before you actually happen to be there. This is how you will prepare yourself and know exactly what you will eat and when. This is also important if you want to travel to some minor places in New Zealand, as it might be very difficult and sometimes impossible to find a vegan restaurant in a village.
2. Look for farmer’s markets
New Zealand is all about freshness and greenery, so it will not be difficult to come across a farmer’s market, and this is where you should be doing your shopping. Of course, you will be able to find fast-food restaurants and restaurants in general, but if you are a vegan then this is your safest choice, and it should serve as plan B. It can also be quite rewarding to buy fresh vegetables in New Zealand and prepare them by yourself.
3. Give yourself options
It is very important to give yourself certain options and have a diverse diet while there. Since you will be traveling a lot and probably trying to find restaurants online (unless you prepared beforehand just like we told you to!), you will have to work a bit on your health. Having high-quality health supplements in NZ is also important as these can help you out in case you are looking for the next best vegan restaurant a bit longer than expected. Apart from that, make sure to bring some vegan snacks just in case you are passing through a small town without any vegan places – it’s better to be safe than sorry.
4. Stay somewhere with a kitchen
If you are booking a hotel, make sure that you check if they serve vegan options. But, if you are planning to stay in a hostel or rent a room or an apartment, it would be great to have a functioning kitchen there. Even though you won’t be spending a lot of time in your accommodation nor will you spend your time in NZ cooking, it would be good to know that you have this option just in case. Perhaps you will be hungry late at night and you won’t be able to find a good vegan option nearby.
5. Explore the Happy Cow
In case you do not know about Happy Cow, this is the best time to acquaint yourself with every vegan’s best travel companion. Namely, the Happy Cow is a website that is actually an amazing resource for traveling vegetarians or vegans. Here you will find the biggest directory of not only vegan, but vegetarian, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly and even gluten-free restaurants and shops. This is a great thing to check out when you are planning to travel somewhere you have never been before and you do not know what vegan options they have.
If you read this and you are not a vegan, now you see to what depths they go before traveling! It is never easy to go someplace new without knowing if and what you are going to eat. These tips will make it easier for you not only to plan your meals, but to also save time going around the city trying to find the best vegan restaurant. Have a nice trip and bon appetit!