Embracing the Kiwi Tradition of Outdoor Barbecuing

Backyard BBQ Traditions Within New Zealand


New Zealands Beauty

New Zealanders have an enduring love affair with the great outdoors. Whether it’s traversing lush hiking trails, setting up camp under the open sky, or casting a line into pristine waters, the allure of nature is ingrained in the Kiwi spirit. But among these cherished outdoor pursuits, there’s one activity that stands out – the art of the backyard barbecue. In this blog, we’re going to explore how New Zealanders have embraced the culture of outdoor barbecuing, particularly with the help of portable BBQs. We’ll cover everything from the best brands to buy, tips and tricks, and the most picturesque spots in New Zealand to fire up your grill.

The Kiwi Love Affair with the Outdoors

New Zealand’s breathtaking landscapes, from rugged mountains to serene coastlines, provide the ideal backdrop for outdoor adventures. It’s no wonder that Kiwis have a deep-rooted passion for spending time in the great outdoors. The diverse range of outdoor activities includes hiking, camping, fishing, and, of course, the quintessential backyard barbecue. There’s something special about gathering with friends and family on a sunny day to savour grilled delights, and New Zealanders have truly perfected this art.

The Portable BBQ: Your Gateway to Outdoor Culinary Adventures

For those who share the Kiwi love for outdoor cooking and exploration, there’s an exciting piece of news. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our dedicated blog page focusing on Portable BBQs in New Zealand. Portable BBQs In New Zealand BlogThese handy gadgets are your key to unlocking a world of outdoor culinary adventures.

Exploring Outdoor Barbecuing With Portable BBQs

Our blog will serve as your comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about portable BBQs in New Zealand. We’ll delve into the best brands available in the market, helping you make an informed choice. Whether you’re interested in a small, portable charcoal grill for that smoky flavour or a larger gas grill with all the bells and whistles, we’ve got you covered. We aim to provide you with the knowledge to select the perfect BBQ companion for your outdoor escapades.

Beyond the Grill: The Kiwi Outdoor Barbecuing BBQ Experience

In the upcoming weeks and months, we’ll be delivering a treasure trove of blog posts on the site centred around portable BBQs in New Zealand. Be sure to bookmark our page Portable BBQ NZ and check back regularly for insights, inspiration, and practical advice.

Niche Elements of Portable BBQ Use

We won’t stop at just selecting the right grill. Our future posts will dive deep into niche elements of portable BBQ use. From learning how to cook the perfect steak that’s seared to perfection to mastering the art of smoking ribs for that melt-in-your-mouth tenderness, we’ll guide you every step of the way. You can enjoy regular video updates. Have a look at this particular YouTube video which shows how a Fondue Set can be used as an accessory on the LotusGrill Classic Portable BBQ. Fondue Portable BBQ Video

Discovering the Best BBQ Spots in New Zealand

New Zealand’s beauty is not just limited to its landscapes; it’s also reflected in the variety of BBQ spots available. We’ll take you on a journey through some of the best locations in the country to use your portable BBQ. Whether you’re looking for a beachside feast or a mountaintop grill session, we’ve got recommendations that will satisfy your wanderlust and your taste buds. Here is  a taste of some of our favourite destinations:

 Outdoor Barbecuing in Matakana

Matakana, a charming village located just an hour’s drive from Auckland, is a hidden gem in New Zealand known for its fantastic barbecuing opportunities. Nestled in the heart of wine country, it’s a picturesque spot that offers visitors a unique barbecuing experience. Matakana Farmers’ Market is a must-visit for food enthusiasts. Here, you can find fresh, locally sourced produce and artisanal products to complement your barbecue. Pick up some organic meats, freshly baked bread, and delectable cheeses to grill to perfection.

Outdoor Barbecuing on Beach in Matakana
Outdoor Barbecuing with the LotusGrill Portable BBQ

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, head to one of the stunning beaches nearby, like Omaha Beach or Tawharanui Regional Park. These locations provide the perfect backdrop for a barbecue with family and friends. The coastal breeze and the serene surroundings add an extra layer of enjoyment to your outdoor feast. Matakana is not just about great food; it’s a complete sensory experience that combines nature, food, and the warmth of community.

BBQ in Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island is a barbecue lover’s paradise. This coastal haven is renowned for its golden beaches, lush forests, and crystal-clear waters. What sets it apart is the ability to combine your love for the outdoors with some fantastic barbecue sessions. Pack a portable grill, some local sausages, and fresh seafood, and set off on one of the park’s numerous scenic walking tracks.

Imagine barbecuing on a secluded beach while surrounded by pristine nature. You can choose from locations like Anchorage, Bark Bay, or Totaranui, where you’ll find barbecue facilities and picnic spots. The sizzle of your barbecue and the sound of the waves crashing create an unforgettable dining experience. Abel Tasman National Park is not just a place for adventure; it’s where nature meets culinary delight, making it a must-visit destination for barbecue enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Barbecue In Queenstown: New Zealand’s Premier Holiday Destination

Queenstown, often referred to as the “Adventure Capital of the World,” is the crown jewel of New Zealand’s tourism industry and a top destination for international travellers. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu on the South Island, Queenstown boasts stunning natural beauty and an array of activities for every type of traveller.

The town’s reputation as a premier holiday destination is attributed to its diverse offerings. Thrill-seekers can indulge in activities like bungee jumping, skydiving, and jet boating. The surrounding Southern Alps offer excellent opportunities for skiing and snowboarding in the winter.

Beyond adventure, Queenstown is famous for its wineries, with the Central Otago region being renowned for its Pinot Noir. The food scene is thriving, and you can savour exquisite cuisine at the town’s restaurants. The serene Milford Sound and the breathtaking Fjordland National Park are just a short drive away, making Queenstown an excellent base for exploring the stunning landscapes of the South Island.

With its combination of natural beauty, adventure sports, gourmet dining, and proximity to other remarkable destinations, Queenstown has rightfully earned its reputation as New Zealand’s leading holiday destination for travellers from overseas. It’s a place that offers a little bit of everything, making it a truly unforgettable experience for all who visit. If you find travelling with your Portable BBQ is too much of a challenge then don’t sweat too hard, Queenstown being the organised place it is has you covered. Visit the TSS  Earnslaw & Buffet BBQ

Your Outdoor Cooking Companion

Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor cook, adept at the grill, or just starting out on your culinary adventure, our blog is designed for everyone. We’re here to provide you with tips, tricks, and advice to make your outdoor cooking experiences truly unforgettable. New Zealand’s natural beauty deserves to be savoured, and what better way to do it than with a perfectly grilled meal?

Time to Ignite Your Passion for Outdoor Barbecuing

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your portable BBQ and head out to your favourite spot in New Zealand. Whether it’s the peaceful tranquillity of the countryside, the salt-tinged air by the sea, or the serenity of the bush, there’s a spot waiting for you. And remember to check back frequently for our latest posts on all things portable BBQs in New Zealand.

Explore Beyond New Zealand

And for the adventurous souls who find themselves travelling abroad, we’ve got something special for you too. Explore barbecuing trends and events beyond New Zealand by visiting our external blog site, Outdoor BBQ Grills-Outdoor Lifestyle Options. This platform covers even more comprehensive stories on various aspects of barbecuing. You can access this additional resource here.

In conclusion, New Zealanders have mastered the art of outdoor barbecuing, and our blog is here to ensure you make the most of this cherished tradition. Whether you’re a local or a traveller, the joy of grilling in the Kiwi wilderness is an experience like no other. Join us on this journey, and let’s ignite the flames of your passion for outdoor barbecuing together.


  1. Hey, I’m from Canada and we have some pretty awesome outdoors scenery too. But I always heard that new Zealand is a painters paradise, so no wonder  they like there portable BBQs.  I never thought about BBQs on the beach but it’s a cool ideA. I wonder about new Zealand wildlife. Should people be concerned about bears ?  They are a problem in Canada. Have a good day.

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      Hi Jake, I have fortunately also travelled throughout Canada and most definitely say its nature and outdoor life equals that of my homeland New Zealand. An outdoor portable barbecue experience would be perfect in both places, but for sure we might not have the same sort of guests that you encounter. I mean a hungry persistent seagull vs a Brown Bear.I know which one I would prefer to encounter.

  2. I must be a hidden New Zealander! Indeed, I’m a huge fan of outdoors activities, and barbecuing is one of them. I do like when the summer comes to Paris, so that I can go visit my aunt and start my barbecue cookouts! However, since I’ve moved to my place, I miss barbecues because I don’t have a balcony. You just motivated me to work more to have my own apartment of my dreams!

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      Let’s keep our fingers crossed on your apartment dreams. The portable models would work perfectly on your outdoor balcony. Bon barbecue!

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