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Eat Your Way Up SH1

June 29, 2019

Yes, it says Visa Wellington On a Plate on the label. But VWOAP goes beyond the CBD and Welly ‘burbs, and right into the regions of Wellington - the Hutt, Kāpiti Coast and Wairarapa, where you’ll find loads more on offer beyond the city walls. 

We’re taking you on a foodie roadie - from J’ville to the end of the VWOAP SH1 line in Waikanae - with some of the best Festival events, Dine dishes, Burger Wellington burgers off of State Highway 1.

Festival Events 

Meaty Issues 

Where does your meat come from? Do you know how to smoke it? And what’s the best way to carve it up with TLC?

Preston’s Master Butchers in Porirua are handing you a backstage pass to meet your butcher at Know Your Butcher, Love Your Food. Roll up your sleeves, knife up and learn some trade secrets such as how to select a great piece of meat and cooking tips for the best eating experience, whilst tasting the delights of their stunning ethically produced meat and filling a goodie bag as you go to enjoy later. 


People forget that food and the outdoors go hand-in-hand quite nicely. Kāpiti Coast is famous for its wild, rugged coastline and nature reserves. Immerse yourself in the beauty and produce of Kāpiti's backyard. 

Hop away on an afternoon boat trip on the Kāpiti Island Foodie Feast, where Waikanae’s Long Beach Tavern, North End Brewing and Kāpiti Island Nature Tours invite you on a long lunch, exploring nature and local cuisine on Kāpiti Island. Take a boat across the Rauoterangi Channel to Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve, where you’ll discover the island, relax and enjoy views over the marine reserve, whilst Head Chef Ricky Dennes from Long Beach creates a four-course feast using ingredients unique to Kāpiti Coast.

Or Escape to Nga Manu to experience the sights and sounds of Ngā Manu Nature Reserve.  You’ll feed the body and soul in this four-course lunch to showcase the best of Kāpiti produce, seafood and artisan products. See kiwi and eel in their natural habitats, whilst hearing the call of native birds. Each course is matched with a beer and wine pairing from North End Brewing and Johner Estate, and the menu focuses on seafood from Kāpiti and produce from the Tararua foothills and the farms in between. 


Kāpiti Coast is famous for its beer, so it’s fitting there are some good beer and kai events for VWOAP.  

Tuatara Brewery invites you to come along and Summon Your Senses with a selection of bespoke brews and dishes using locally sourced fresh ingredients. The beers are chosen for their distinctiveness and ability to draw out specific flavours to complement or contrast the food match. With really great matches it can be hard to tell where the food ends and the beer begins.

North End Brewing is hosting Beer & the Beast at The Salt & Wood Collective for a relaxed and interactive nose-to-tail, three-course dinner, serving you different parts of one beast in many different ways, matched with beers poured straight from North End brewery. 

But if you’re wanting a change from beer, enjoy a lazy limoncello afternoon on the Kāpiti Coast with the Limoncello Long Lunch. Start with a hands-on experience at Wellington’s only limoncello producer, Koakoa. Taste your way through their offerings with an option to make your own cocktail or kick back and have one crafted for you. Afterwards, make the short journey to Soprano Ristorante for a delicate, four-course lunch celebrating all things limoncello.

Burger Wellington takes SH1

Take a burger roadie and do drive-by in Johnsonville, toddle off to Tawa Flats or pop into Porirua where you can tuck into any one (or all!) of these burgers for Garage Project Presents Burger Wellington...

The Inn Keeper (Johnsonville) 

Chicken Fried Steak - A crunchy chicken fried steak with mushy pea fritters and southern gravy in a sesame seed bun, with steak fries and onion soup dip.

The Borough (Tawa)

Eastern Promise - Slow cooked beef brisket with baba ganoush, pickled red cabbage, potato rosti, smoked cheese and tzatziki sauce in a milk bun, with waffle fries and saffron mayo.

Fryday Donuts (Porirua) 

Lambro Burger - Lemongrass and ginger infused lamb patty with sweet caramelised five-spice sauce, minty apple fennel slaw in garlic and chive frybread.

Whitby Co-op Bar & Kitchen (Whitby)

Smokey Joe’s - Slow cooked, smoked barbeque brisket with pecorino and mint pickle slaw, red onion rings, smokey tomato barbeque sauce and sliced Cheddar on a Brezelmania milk bun, with crispy homemade kūmara skins and aioli.

Beach Road Deli (Paekakariki)

Mr. Baobastic - Deep fried bao bun with fried chicken tenderloins, Kāpiti cheese, iceberg lettuce, red onion, corn, piquante pepper slaw and creamy chicken cheese sauce, with potato crisps and onion dip.

Boundary Tap & Kitchen (Raumati)

Squealers Got Pinched, Crabs Got Oinked - Waikanae Butchery chorizo patty with Waikanae crab, pilsner beurre blanc, whipped feta, Kāpiti Kikorangi blue cheese, pickled celeriac, chervil and rocket in a Ben's Buns Lana T'nuc bun, with hand-cut fries with kawakawa dip.

Waterfront (Raumati)

The Greek - Grilled lamb, garlic and rosemary patty with Kingsmeade feta, roasted capsicum, red onion and hummus on a homemade bun, with cheesy kūmara fries.

Longbeach (Waikanae)

Prawn to Be Wild - Local catch fish cake with a fried egg, prawn mayo, chilli, tamarind and capsicum jam on a black sesame bun with Furikake seasoned chips.

Check out more burgers in the Burger Wellington line-up here!

Dine Wellington - Festival Dishes

Kick back and treat yourself to dishes that show off the very best of Kapiti produce with these VWOAP Festival dishes on the Coast….

Beach Road Deli (Paekakariki)

Paekakari-CRAY - Blackened squid ink pizza base with garlic salsa verde, crayfish, mozzarella, Tuatara Amarillo beer battered crispies and crayfish butter sauce.

Waterfront Bar (Raumati Beach)

Colours of the Ocean - Tuna carpaccio with Ōtaki bush ‘wasabi’, smoked Levin Eel Trading Company eel mousse, with fennel and chilli slaw, grilled tarakihi with blackberry pesto.

Soprano Ristorante (Paraparaumu)

Waikanae Crab fish of the day, Sammy’s smoked fish fish cake, pickled fennel, lemon and caper butter.

Longbeach (Waikanae Beach) 

Sea Smoke in Sand Dunes - Awatoru wild venison, Longbeach celeriac, sorrel oil, venison shin croquette, wild mushroom sauce and ocean fog.

Check out more Festival Dishes on the Kapiti Coast here!

There are loads of other VWOAP events, Dine dishes, burgers and cocktails to try - check them out on,

To win one of two SH1 Visa WOAP Roadie prize packs, fill in the form below. 

Prize pack one: Four Burger Welly burgers at Long Beach Waikanae and four Cocktail Welly Cocktails at Waimea.
Prize pack two: Two Dine Welly Festival Dishes at Beach Road Deli and four Cocktail Welly Cocktails at Pram Beach.

Competition closes Friday July 5th!