Eating Out - One of the best things about Wellington is how mainstream veganism is here. Most coffee shops will have a soya milk option, around half of restaurants will have a decent vegan option (usually marked as vegan on the menu too!), and most others will at least know what veganism is and be able to make something for you. This makes eating out so much easier if your omnivorous friends insist on choosing where to go.
But the most popular place for vegans here is Aunty Mena's, a completely vegan Malasian eatery in the heart of the city. With a huge range of mock meats, authentic Malasian dishes, and pretty affordable prices, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who visited Wellington.
Groceries - Grocery shopping in New Zealand is relatively similar to in the UK - it may be difficult to find good affordable vegan products at first, but once you get to know what you can get in each of your nearby shops, it's pretty straight forward. A hidden gem is the large range of dairy free ice creams you can find in most supermarkets. My favourite is the Little Island Chocolate Ice Cream. It’s currently summer in this hemisphere so I've been eating a lot of it!
One of the biggest differences between the UK and here is the abundance of farmers markets, which sell locally grown fruit and veg for a fraction of the price you would find them in the supermarket. The nearest market to me is only five minute walk from my flat, and this makes it so much easier to eat healthily without breaking the bank.
By Kit Lawrence