We're off to New Zealand next April or May. We'll fly into Auckland and spend two or three days there, then head down to Wellington for a week on business. In Auckland, we're planning to stick close to the CBD (not sure if we'll have a car), but in Wellington we can venture further afield. We'd appreciate some assistance locating the following:
1. One or two moderately-priced NZ restaurants in each city that showcase NZ foods - preferably the sort of restaurants that change their menus according to what's in season.
2. The most worthwhile (seafood-oriented) splurge in Auckland. We're using Logan Brown for our Welly splurge, unless someone can top that suggestion.
3. The best Thai and Japanese restaurants in Wellington. And are there any good ramen shops in either city?
4. Serious Chinese restaurants, particularly Sichuan specialists but any regional cuisine is fine. Heck, just tell me where the local Chinatowns are and I can figure out the good eats...