With a diverse offering of high-quality meats, vegetables, seafood and, of course, wine, New Zealand is a veritable food bowl. Influenced by European, Asian and Polynesian cuisines, the nation's culinary offerings vary from hearty home dishes, like Maori potato bread, to refined, high-end dining. Food or kai plays a central role in Maori culture. Hangi might be the culture's best-known cooking technique, but simpler recipes like paua tapas and raw kutai (mussels) showcase homegrown seafood equally well. For something sweet, try Afghan biscuits (confusingly created in NZ) or a slab of an ANZAC biscuit hokey pokey ice-cream sandwich. Now that's a mouthful!