Here in Nelson, New Zealand, you can find the Nelson Islamic Cultural Society. The mosque does five times a day prayers, as well as Friday prayers at 12:30 pm during winter and 1:30 pm during summer.

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Nelson, New Zealand



Here in Nelson, New Zealand, you can find the Nelson Islamic Cultural Society. The mosque does five times a day prayers, as well as Friday prayers at 12:30 pm during winter and 1:30 pm during summer.

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Hall 320 Hardy St, Nelson, 7010, New Zealand

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  • Stay With The Mandela Rhodes Place Suite & Hotel When You're In Cape Town (& It's Muslim-Friendly!)

    If you have made plans to visit South Africa why not book a stay at the unique Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel. via GIPHY Located in the bustling capital of Cape Town, you are sure to enjoy a fun, relaxing, Muslim-friendly stay at the 4-star hotel. A mix of old and the new, incorporating modernity with historic buildings, its charm will make you want to extend your vacation. Keep reading to find out what they have to offer. About the Hotel Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel features contemporary design with elegant interiors and friendly staff. If you are a fan of architecture, you will find certain design elements fascinating, such as the Nelson Mandela statue that greets you in the lobby. Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The hotel is located within the heart of Cape Town’s cultural hub, allowing you to explore the city’s cultural heritage whilst living in luxury. The hotel offers apartments and suites instead of usual hotel rooms, ensuring your stay is personal and luxurious. The hotel is great for family trips; it is also the perfect honeymoon hotel destination in Cape Town. Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place Due to the hotel’s location, you will find many places to meet, eat out, shop and relax close to the hotel, you will also be able to visit cultural landmarks quite easily. Since Mandela Rhodes Place is a 5-star hotel, they provide free wireless WiFi, and undercover parking (charges apply). You will find the Hotel’s swimming pool on their rooftop terrace offering an almost classic rooftop view of the street and surrounding city-scape. The Suites Made up of 4 historic buildings that have been fully restored and integrated with one modern highrise, The Suites provide guests with elegant, contemporary one and two-bedroom apartments and suites. The hotel has a total of 40 rooms (suites and apartments). Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place Each apartment offers spacious rooms with minimalist but classic interior décor and furnishings, all apartments come with an open-plan lounge and equipped with a fully functional kitchen allowing guests to entertain, eat or simply relax whilst enjoying the urban landscape. The Studio Apartment Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The apartment is the smallest from the range, it measures up to 52m2 and comes with one large double bed. The room is priced at R1550 per night. The Superior Apartments feature a separate lounge and bedroom area, it is 67m2 in size and costs R1750 per night. The Deluxe Apartments are spacious and includes an open-plan kitchen and dining area, it is 78m2 and costs R2050 a night. The Platinum and Superior Apartments Platinum Apartment Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place If you are traveling with a large family or group of friends, opt for the two-bedroom Platinum and Superior Apartments. The platinum apartment features an entrance hall, separate lounging and dining areas, 2 bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a private balcony with amazing views of Cape Town. One bedroom includes 2 single beds and a queen-sized bed, whilst the other has two queen-sized beds. The apartment is 140m2 and costs R3050 a night. Superior Apartment Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The two-bedroom Superior Apartment is similar to the Platinum one but does not feature a hall and balcony. It has the same bedroom setup as the Platinum Apartment. The Superior Apartment is 110m2 and costs R2350 a night. All apartments feature the following amenities: Air conditioning Heating Flat-screen TV Satellite Channels DVD Player Telephone Wake Up Service / Alarm Clock Safety Deposit Box Desk Sofa Seating Area Dining Area Kitchen Refrigerator Microwave Oven Electric Kettle Toast Kitchenware Tea/Coffee Maker Washing Machine Ironing Facilities Hairdryer Linen & Towels Provided Complimentary Amenities (Soap, Body Wash, Conditioning Shampoo) Daily Housekeeping Service Laundry Facilities Room Service Cots Available on Request Also, note that the bathrooms are fitted with a bidet. Halal Services Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The best part about the hotel is that it is Muslim-friendly, and the staff has been trained on Muslim requirements. The Hotel also offers the following prayer facilities: prayer mats can be provided list of nearby mosques can be provided on request male and female prayer rooms can be made available on request prayer timetable available at front desk or room Mosques Cape Town is a multicultural city and you can easily find Mosques close to the hotel. Here’s a list of Mosques you can visit whilst in Cape Town: Noor El Hamdedia Mosque (1 min drive / 3 min walk) Palm Tree Mosque (2 min drive / 4 min walk) Auwal Masjid (3 min drive / 7 min walk) Nurul Islam Mosque (3 min drive / 6 min walk) Masjid Boorhaanol Mosque (4 min drive / 8 min walk) Halal Food Also Read: GOLD Restaurant | Seriously The Ultimate Halal Restaurant In Cape Town Food being an important part of any trip, you must be worried about being able to find Halal food. Cape Town has a variety of Halal restaurants and eateries which you can easily find through a quick Google search or on the Halal Trip app! There are Halal restaurants within walking distance from the hotel, and you will find more scattered around the city. You can even get a list of Halal restaurants from the front desk on request. Some of the restaurants closest to the Hotel are listed below: Mariam's Kitchen (2 min) Saray Restaurant (4 min) Bo-Kaap Kombuis (5 min) Gold Restaurant (6 min) Mesopotamia (5 min) Non-Halal Activities Hotel does not have a discotheque Hotel does not have a bar No adult TV channels in the room Hotel is not part of a gambling resort However, the hotel does serve alcohol. Tips & Bonus! via GIPHY Children under the age of 11 stay for free – check the website for more details. You can get 20% off if you are booking on the same day as your arrival, it excludes breakfast, is non-refundable and full payment is required. Contact the hotel for more details. Hotel rating: 4-Star Address: Cnr Wale & Burg Street, Cape Town, 8001Contact No.: +27 (0) 21 481 4000 (Tel) | +27 (0) 21 481 4001 (Fax) Website | Facebook | Instagram | Email  ...

  • Your Trip To Delhi Will Not Be Complete Until You Try These 8 Delicious Halal Restaurants!

    Visiting a new country is always exciting. You get to discover new things, learn about the culture, the people and their different daily routines. However, the one thing that will always intrigue people when they're travelling abroad is the FOOD! The different spices, cooking techniques and settings of a restaurant is something that we will always remember about the trip. It will take some time before we forget about the flavors we have tasted or even the way the dishes were presented to us. If you're in Delhi at this very moment or you're planning to go on a trip to this wonderful destination soon, be sure to stop by these 8 Must-Visit Halal Restaurants! Check out our guide to New Delhi 1. Karim's Hotel Picture: Sushil Gupta With their motto "The royal food to the common man", Karim's Hotel is far from being just a typical local restaurant that you might stop at for your lunch or dinner. Having a history which dates back from 1913, Karim's Hotel made its debut in the hands of Haji Karimuddin who wishes to make their food a royal treat. Its heavily loaded menu will make you want to try all of them and discover the true taste of Indian cuisine. You will get to choose between a delectable choice of curries, tandoori and biryani. Address: Karim's Hotel Pvt Ltd, 16, Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid, New Delhi 110006Operating Hours: 9.30AM - 11.30PMWebsite: KarimHotels 2. Al-Nawaz Restaurant Picture: AlNawazFoods Specializing in Mughal and Indian cuisines, the Al-Nawaz restaurant offers a plethora of flavors prepared and cooked minutely by its great chef who has more than 5 years of experience in 5-star hotels. The Al-Nawaz restaurant has a very diversified menu with delicious spicy meals that will definitely seduce you. Try their recommended dishes and enjoy the goodness of Indian spices and the sophistication of Mughal cuisines all in one plate. Among many others, you can choose between Chicken Tikka Masala, Dum Pukht Biryani, Kalmi Kabab and Mutton Barra. There is no better way to end a Delhi dinner than with a sweet and savoury dish. Al-Nawaz proposes the delectable Kheer, an Indian delicacy made of rice, condensed milk, almonds and sweetly-flavored with cinnamon. Address: 50 A, Abul Fazal Enclave Rd, Abul Fazal Enclave, Block A                 Jamia Nagar, Okhla, New Delhi, Delhi 110025Website: AlNawazFoods 3. Rule The Rolls Picture: DesignByMeta Started back in 1972 by Haji Banda Hasan, Rule The Rolls is more than just an ordinary food place. Apart from a broad selection of mouth-watering kebabs, ranging from Paneer Tikka Rolls, Chicken Tikka Rumali Rolls and Mutton Rolls, the restaurant also offers veggie options for those who prefer a healthier meal. For as little as little as $4, you'll get to choose from its special dishes menu which comprises of Mutton Haleem, Chicken Stew, Chicken & Mutton Kofta. Address: SG 74, Galleria Market, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon and 49 A, Khan Market, DelhiOperating Hours: 12PM - 11PMWebsite: RuleTheRollsIndia 4. Nizam's Kathi Kabab Picture: Swiggy If you hear people bargaining at a Kathi Kabab place, then it's Nizam's! Famous all over Delhi, Nizam's Kathi Kabab, has multiple outlets that offer a variety of tasty rolls which are stuffed with mutton, chicken or even paneer. For the more daring ones, you can get a triple combo Kathi Kabab or even a super duper combo roll. Aside from the rolls, there are different flavors of curries that you can try or you can have a taste of their Biryani.  If you want to go an inch further in discovering the many secrets of their Indian cuisines, you will have to try out the sweet dishes recommended by the restaurant. Address: Can be found at H-Five, Plaza Building, Connaught Place and many more!Operating Hours: 11AM - 11PMWebsite: Nizams 5. Namak Mandi Picture: HumansOfPakistan Looking for some quality time in a cozy restaurant? Search no more! Namak Mandi is the right place for you. Run by the chef Imtiaz Qureishi and his brother, Namak Mandi unites great cuisines and savory tastes under one roof. The Shuruat (starters) of the meal comes with seasonal drinks and cold press juices that portray the cultural diversity of India. As you proceed with the meals, be prepared to drool over their tender tandoori chicken, accompanied with sides such as Papad or Raita. If you're a seafood lover, the Dakhani Prawns might be the dream plate for you. This dish is prepared with medium prawns cooked with curry leaf and black pepper, topped with flavored rice. Of course, there are many other unique plates which you can choose from off their menu. Address: Shop Number 307, 3, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj II, Delhi 110070Operating Hours: 11.30AM - 11.30PM 6. Afghan Darbar Picture: DeepNongkhlaw Small and cozy, it's just the right place for a quick lunch before strolling down the city of Delhi. The Afghan Darbar invites you to discover the amazing food that Afghan has to offer. Among the many à la carte dishes that you can choose from, you definitely have to taste their must-tries. From the seafood section, seafood lovers can choose between Fish Fry or even Fish Tikka. Chicken lovers get to relish over the Chicken Kadhai, which is a tandoori chicken cooked in onion, tomato, and capsicum. Ultimately, how can you get off the table without trying their Qabuli Uzbeki? This dish is prepared with lamb, brown rice, chopped carrots and raisins. Of course, your meal has to end with a sweet delicacy. You have to try one of their Afghani sweet dishes, the Sheer Yakh. It is an Afghani ice-cream prepared with finely chopped pistachio and a teaspoon of rosewater. Address: E-96, Lajpat Nagar 2, New DelhiOperating Hours: 12PM - 11PM 7. Khan Chacha Picture: JustDial Visited by locals, tourists and even celebrities, Khan Chacha has already built an empire over Delhi. With more than 50 years of culinary history, this food place offers a welcoming service as well as great food to its daily visitors. You'll get to choose between vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals, as well as delicious sides to accompany your mains. For veggie lovers, they have a whole selection of Tikka, rolls and even vegetarian Biryani. As for chicken and mutton lovers, you'll get to choose between chicken rolls, peri-peri rolls, and even Chicken or Mutton Biryani. Address: Connaught Place, Khan Market, Aerocity and many moreOperating Hours: 12PM - 11PMWebsite: KhanChacha 8. Mazar Restaurant Picture: AzimIslam Specialising in Afghani cuisines, the Mazar Restaurant has quite a tasteful selection of dishes on its menu. Make sure you try their Mutton Chopan Kebab and the Pulao. If you're looking for something lighter but just as satisfying, don't hesitate to try their chicken soup. As for dumpling lovers, you'll be pleasantly surprised by their Mantu - steamed dumplings filled with chopped meat and onion, topped with Daal and sprinkled with mint. Don't leave the table until you conclude your dining experience with their famous Baqlawa, a sweet Turkish pastry that has fascinated many with its crunchy crust and sweet pistachio filling. Address: Shop no 1, 78, MCD Hospital Rd, Block I, Lajpat Nagar II, Delhi 110024Operating Hours: 12PM - 11PM Read more Halal Travel Blogs...

  • Here's 7 Wallet-Friendly Attractions in Liverpool for Every Budget Traveller

    Travelling. It is almost a myth to travel without burning a whole in the pocket. But One advice from a wise traveller is to always try to find free activities in the city to learn way more than what money can give you. Places such as the museums or the parks give you a little insight on what the city can offer. Tour the city like a local and simply indulge in their culture and have a blast at your own benefit during your travel. Liverpool has definitely so much more to offer than just football and the Fab Four. We're about to spill some tea on how to make your travel in Liverpool so much more memorable without having to spend a penny.  5 Halal Restaurants in Liverpool 1. Get to know the History of Liverpool Museum of Liverpool Picture Credit: Opened in 2011, the Museum of Liverpool showcases the city's unique geography, history and culture. This stunning building is the United Kingdom's largest newly-built museum after over a century. The Museum of Liverpool is filled with interactive exhibitions for both kids and adults. Address: Liverpool Waterfront, Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DG, UKOpening Hours: 10AM to 5PM (Everyday)Contact: +44 151 478 4545Website: Facebook | YouTube | Instagram Merseyside Maritime Museum & International Slavery Museum Picture Credit: Two museums under one roof. Housed in the same building, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum tell the whole story of Liverpool's rise to being one of the wealthiest cities in the world - which it was as recently as 100 years ago. Visit Liverpool Tourist Guide website for their daily visiting time in this link The Merseyside and International Slavery Museum. Address: Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AX, United Kingdom              3rd Floor (International Slavery Museum)Opening Hours: 10AM to 5PM (Everyday)Contact: +44 151 478 4499Website: Facebook | YouTube  The Blue Coat Picture Credit: This beautiful arts centre hosts exhibitions, gigs, talks, and classes for all ages. It's an oasis of creativity and a quiet calm courtyard, slap bang in the middle of Liverpool's bustling shopping district. After London, Liverpool has the most public sculptures of any city in the UK. The most famous are the Superlambanana plus its 125 replicas dotted all around the city. While Anthony Gormleys' Another Place is on Crosby Beach, just up the coast, 100 cast iron life-size figures stare out to sea along the 3km coastline. Address: School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BXOpening Hours: 9AM to 6PM (Mondays - Saturdays)                          11AM to 6PM (Sundays)Contact: 0151 702 5324Website:   Tate Liverpool  Picture Credit: When the modern art gallery opened in the Albert Dock nearly 30 years ago, it jump-started the city centre's revival. This former warehouse is complete with beautiful surroundings and great collection of Roy Linchtenstein's pop art. Tate Liverpool is the place to go if you are looking forward to discovering Liverpool's art scene like a local. You might even want to take home a creative souvenir from Tate Liverpool’s shop such as the art-inspired gift ideas or choose from an extensive array of books. Address: Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4BBOpening Hours: 10AM to 5.50PM (Everyday)Contact: +44 (0)151 702 7400Website: Facebook | YouTube | Instagram World Museum  Picture Credit: The World Museum is always filled with on going exhibitions both fun and educational for visitors of all ages. While some may require an admission fee, there are still many other exhibitions that offers free entry for the public. Check out their floor plan before your visit to plan your itinerary for the day. You might even want to squeeze in a picnic during the day at the St Johns Gardens located just opposite of the museum. Prayer rooms are available at the Community Base on Level 4 upon request. Refer to their facilities page for more information. Address: William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EN, UKOpening Hours: 10AM to 5PM (Everyday)Contact: +44 151 478 4393Website: Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 2. Discover the Beatles Picture Credit: That's right, the legacy of the Fab Four still looms large over Liverpool. Take your time and explore The Beatles' Story, an exhibition solely on the lives and times of the Fab Four. Tickets can be are priced at £16.95 for adults, £12.50 for students and seniors, and £10 for children. While The Beatles' Story requires paid entry, you can visit Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields in Beaconsfield Road for free. Go on an adventure and see what it feels like to be in a Beatles' music video! You can also go online to book a tour to John Lennon's childhood home, also known as Mendips. Located at 251 Menlove Avenue, the only way to get into the home is through a paid tour run by the National Trust. Otherwise, visitors are only allowed to out of the premises. Mendips Address: 251 Menlove Avenue, Liverpool L25 7SA, England (Mendips)Contact: 08448 004 791Email: The Beatles' Story Address: Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD, UKOpening Hours: 9AM to 6PM (Everyday)Contact: +44 151 709 1963Website: Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 3. Roam around Liverpool's parks Picture Credit: Protected by the English Heritage, Sefton Park hosts many of the area's festival and has a boating lake. The Sefton Park has also recently refurbished the Grade II-Listed Victorian Palm House which is a domed conservatory. Sandwhiched between Liverpool and Everton's stadia, Anfield and Goodison Park, the Stanley Park is an auspicious place to kick a ball about. Although, the Everton FC might be moving to a new stadium in the Bramley Moore Dock soon. Sefton Park Address: Mossley Hill Dr, Liverpool L17 1AJ, UK   Stanley Park Address: Walton Ln, Liverpool L4 2SL, UK 4. The Beaches of Merseyside Picture Credit: The Formby, West Kirby and Southport beaches have all got lots to offer but New Brighton is definitely worth a visit. The New Brighton Beach has recently undergone a redevelopment. Be sure to catch the Mermaid Trail along the coast. The Mermaid Trail collection of sculptures of a mermaid on a rock places at different parts of the coast. New Brighton Beach Address: Wallasey CH45 2JU, UK 5. Otterspool Promenade The promenade is an ideal place for a bike ride - not just because it's free of traffic and has glorious views across the Mersey. More important that that, it's flat, so round up the kids and get your cycle on. Address: Otterspool Dr, Liverpool L17 5AL, UK 6. Waking Tours Around the City Picture Credit: Self guided walking tours of Liverpool are made easy thanks to the Liverpool Maps and Walks google's apps. Take your time and cruise down the streets of Liverpool. Make sure you wander past the Royal Liver Building at the centre which was one of the world's major ports and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Royal Liver Building Address: Royal Liver Building, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 1 HUContact: 0151 236 4859 7. Chinatown Liverpool Picture Credit: Liverpool is home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe and second largest Chinatown in the world after San Francisco. Come to see the 15m-high arch to the neighbourhood that is decorated with 200 dragons on a wooden and marble structure - and is the largest Chines arch outside of China. Don't forget to shop there also and take tons of photos. Address: Nelson Street, Liverpool L1 2OH, England Liverpool is a beautiful city for travellers of all ages. Take your time and indulge in the history, culture and lifestyle here.  Go on a HalalTrip with us! Find Mosques and Prayer places Near You in Liverpool...

  • Halal Food Guide Launched by Tourism New Zealand

    Breath taking landscapes, icy cold mountains, crystal clear waters, greenery as far as the eye can see, all these phrases would never be sufficient to describe the natural beauty New Zealand comprises of. Due to its natural features the country is an iconic location for film makers, to add that beautiful zing to movies. Well if directors all over the world fly thousands of miles due to the indescribable beauty of this country, it is without a doubt that New Zealand is a country that must be visited by any travel junkie. For Muslim travellers however the most tedious task in visiting a country with a Muslim minority in the community would be finding locations to obtain halal food. New Zealand is a country very well known for its tender and juicy roasts, barbeques , pies and mouthwatering desserts. It would be such a pity if any Muslim traveller was to visit this beautiful country and stick to vegan only dishes due to halal concerns specially if you are a person who loves tender and succulent meat. The Tourism New Zealand has decided to assist the huge crowd of Muslim travellers visiting the country each year by providing support to ensure that all Halal travellers are able to locate and find halal food at ease without any disappointments. In order to do so , they have issued a Halal food guide which features the list of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, supermarkets and grocery stores where Muslim travellers would be able to locate halal food in New Zealand and eat to their hearts content without having any concern. Download the New Zealand Halal Food Guide here! Check out our Locals Guide to New Zealand! In 2016, The Halal food guide was previously released, featuring 567 halal listings of restaurants, cafes and supermarkets but the newer version features 289 more options added to the previous listing. The Halal Food Guide of New Zealand was compiled on the initiative of Tourism New Zealand along with the cooperation of "The Kiwi Muslim directory" (which is a portal where halal businesses, organizations, prayer locations and times are listed) and "FIANZ" (The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand).   User-friendly Picture Credit: Picture Credit: I am sure you have all experienced typing and searching through the internet for halal food options in any country that you may have visited. Reading each and every review, thousands and thousands of clicks and searches can make any trip frustrating. But if New Zealand is your next destination for your trip all you have to do is to download the halal food guide and you are good to go ! The Halal Food guide is designed so that it is user-friendly. The halal guide uses a symbol to categorize the three types of halal-friendly outlets available in the list. The categories included are; Certified by FIANZ: green circular symbol with a capital “F” in the centerMuslim-owned: purple circular symbol with a white tick at its centreVegan-only: green leaf symbol These symbols help any halal traveller to clearly identify and choose an eatery of their choice. Please note that the vegetarian eateries included in the guide are not halal certified or muslim-owned, but are claimed to be purely vegan. Hence, please check with the members of staff regarding any oil or other ingredients that may be impermissible (in Islam) before consuming. The Halal Food Guide of New Zealand covers a range of cities of the beautiful country, and the halal restaurant list is organized in a way which will easily enable Muslim travellers to locate halal food nearby. The guide is mainly divided into two sectors; one which is NORTH ISLAND and the other which is SOUTH ISLAND. In these sectors, you will find a list of the major cities of each island and the restaurants featured along with the addresses, telephone numbers and contact information. Therefore if you have any concern regarding the food served or any menu inquiries you can dial the phone right away. North island is further divided to Auckland (central, north, east, south and west are further divisions), Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Lake Taupao, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki and Whanganui, Wellington and Wairarapa and finally Manawatu . On the other hand, the South Island is further divided into Nelson and Marlborough, Canterbury, West coast, Southern Lakes, Dunedin and Southland. So whether your holiday to New Zealand is among the busy city lights in Auckland, or among the hills of Waikato or even at the Majestic Canterbury or maybe a mixture of all the cities over a couple of weeks. You will be able to locate restaurants, cafes, and even supermarkets out and about New Zealand, thanks to the halal food guide.   North Island Central AucklandIn Central Auckland you would be able to locate an abundant of spots to eat without any hassle what so ever. In this city, you will find a total of 72 spots featured, out of which 18 are vegan-only diners (not halal certified) and the rest of the restaurants are either owned by Muslims or certified by FIANZ. There also 9 bakeries and snack food places available in the halal food guide and five meat and grocery stores which are all certified by FIANZ for selling halal meat. North AucklandAt Northern Auckland you would be able to find some great spots for some Arabian food especially if you are a fan of grilled kebabs and chicken. The halal food guide includes 15 restaurants and 2 grocery stores in which you will be able to locate halal food . East AucklandAt East Auckland there are no halal bakeries and snack food options listed in the halal guide. However, there are 11 restaurants out of which three are beautiful restaurants that serve pizza, and are all halal certified. Southern AucklandIn Southern Auckland , you will have no worries buying yourself a good cut of halal meat to whip up a warm meal at home. The Halal Guide shows 16 meat and grocery stores that are either Muslim-owned or Fianz certified. Apart from the meat shops, the Guide includes a list of 5 bakeries and 34 restaurants which is quite a bigger number compared to East and North Auckland. Out of the 34 spots included in the halal guide, only 3 locations are vegan-only restaurants which serve traditional south Indian food while the rest of the locations are halal certified. West Auckland and WhangareiOptions are rather limited in these two locations. West Auckland is listed to have around 13 restaurants and a couple of meat and grocery stores. Most of the halal certified restaurants weigh towards the Indian and middle eastern cuisine. In Whangerei, there are only 2 locations listed in the halal guide, one being a grocery store and the other being a vegan-only Indian Restaurant. Hamilton, Morrinsville, Te Awamutu, Te Aroha and Te KuitiThese locations which are all situated just below Auckland contain quite a number of halal friendly restaurants but are not very much as concentrated as Auckland. There are a total of 7 restaurants throughout the 5 locations with Hamilton containing the majority. There are also a total of 3 meat and grocery stores throughout the 5 locations. TaurangaIf you are fond of visiting the beautiful volcano of Tauranga, your halal food options will be among the four restaurants included in the guide in which the majority is influenced by the Middle Eastern cuisine. Rotorua and Lake TapuoAdmire the beauty of the volcanic landscapes and geothermal fields of Rotorua and cruise on a beautiful boat ride along the magnificient Taupo lake while dining in one of the seven halal restaurant options available in the area. Majority of these restaurants are influenced by the middle eastern cuisine where you would be able to enjoy a yummy kebab platter and middle eastern flat breads. Unfortunately there are no halal grocery stores or bakery and snack food outlets recommended by the Kiwi Muslim directory. Hawke's BayEnjoy a stroll down beautiful lanscapes of the Hawke’s Bay and enjoy the beautiful climate of the region. While you are at it, you will have 8 options of restaurants to choose from. A highlight restaurant in the region is "Café Anatlia Turkish Cusine" which will serve you some mouth watering food to munch on during your beautiful stay. New Plymouth, Whanganui, Taihape and HaweraHalal food options are rather limited in these areas, with two meat and grocery stores at New Plymounth and Whanganui and all four locations have a total of seven options of restaurants to eat from. Although there are limited options of Halal food options, these areas are incredibly beautiful with their natural landscapes for you to admire. I definitely recommend that you give these places a go, while keeping track of your pit stops for some of the halal restaurants mentioned in the guide. Wellington and MastertonThis little stop before jumping over to South Island offers some great halal eateries for you. Both areas combined have 15 food options to choose from, 4 of them being vegan-only cafes and the rest of the eateries are Muslim owned for you to stock up on the meat.   South Island Nelson, Marlborough and MurchisonSo for our first stop at South Island, I have got to say halal options are rather limited in this area, with only 4 restaurants recommended by the halal guide. ChristchurchEnjoy the beauty of the Garden city of Christchurch which is adorned by beautiful flora as far as the eye can see. While you are at Christchurch make sure to dine at some of the best resturants in the area which are included in the halal guide. Pick your spot from the 10 restaurants and 5 halal-friendly grocery stores as per your preference. Unlike the other regions mentioned earlier, Christchurch has a variety of restaurants with different cuisines to choose from during your halal holiday to New Zealand. DunedinDunedin is a very great stop to all the Wildlife enthusiasts who visits New Zealand. It also has some great spots to grab halal food as seen on the list. With 12 options on the list, 11 are muslim-owned and one is a vegan-only eatery. Unfortunately the halal guide does not recommend any meat or grocery stores in the area. Queenstown and WanakaThe adventure capital of New Zealand which is Queenstown comprises of 2 recommended halal food outlets for Muslims where both are Turkish Restaurants, the same goes with Wanaka which has only one option in the list. From the guide it is clearly visible that halal food options are very much concentrated around North Island of New Zealand in which Central Auckland has an abundance of eateries for you to choose from. There are lesser options in the South Island, but be adventurous and don't miss the chance to go out and about the country while having the nearby halal restaurants in mind. Since there are telephone numbers and addresses included in the guide, planning your holiday to New Zealand is definitely going to be a piece of cake. Get your bags packed and head to the beautiful land of New Zealand where exciting thrills, beautiful landscapes and delicious food awaits you. For further information visit   For more travel guides, check out our Halal travel blog or download the Halaltrip Islamic travel app to help locate Halal restaurants and prayer locations near you....

  • Locals Guide to New Zealand

    New Zealand is well-known for its sheer of pristine beauty from vast landscape consist of mountains, lakes, glaciers, geothermal pools, volcanoes peaks to stunning beaches and islands. It’s the land of indigenous Maori, the first settlers before European arrived. According to the latest 2013 Census, the total population of 4.2m New Zealanders or Kiwis made up of a multicultural society dwelled by the majority of European descent (called Pakeha), and immigrants including Polynesian communities. Topped off by amazingly fresh food, friendly people, and unique culture; there are endless activities to experience from free and independent undertakings to paid tour or package deals. This travel guide will provide tips for planning your trip and prepare you for a Muslim-friendly travel in New Zealand. Credit-   Getting Around New Zealand is comprised of 2 main islands – North Island and South Island. Planning logistic and how to travel will depend on time, budget, and convenience. A good combination of some mode of transportation is recommended to enrich the experience. The most common and popular is self-drive either by car or motorhome/campervan due to its flexibility and independence factor. Stopping whenever you want to snap pictures of beautiful location is the most desirable. Driving in New Zealand is left handed and require a license. Beware you will be driving long hours from the city to city and while traffic may not the issue, you may get fatigued from it. The bus and coach transport is convenient and well-organised. There are a lot of bus coaches serving the main tourist route. Inter-city is the most popular bus network and you can take advantage of the unlimited travel pass. Picture Credit - New Zealand’s rail network is not vast due to the challenging landscape. The train may not be the best option for inter-city travel but if you have 12 hours to spare, board the Northern Explorer which links Wellington and Auckland through the volcanic heart of the North Islands (make stops at Tongariro National Park).The South Island’s TranzAlpine is highly recommended for a stunning alpine rail journey. At the main tourist cities like Auckland and Wellington, you can rely on the city loop bus to get around other than walking. Get on the ferry to explore beach suburbs and enjoy the view of harbour city from afar. In Wellington, you must ride the cable to for an amazing view of Wellington harbour. From North Island (Wellington) to South Island (Picton), a huge Interislander ferry can take passengers as well as cars through spectacular Marlborough Sounds. Alternatively, you can take a domestic flight to save some travel time. You can enjoy breathtaking mountains view from the top such as when arriving at Queenstown Airport.   Etiquette and Manner New Zealanders are generally friendly and laidback. The way of life is casual but manners are important. Carry yourself with open-mind, open-heart, and respect others. The general etiquette of treat others like you want to be treated must be held firmly as you encounter new culture or conversing with locals in a remote location. In New Zealand, strangers do talk particularly in rural part. Exchanging a few pleasant greetings is expected. Keep your conversation general such as about weather, what’s plan for the weekend (or how was the weekend), or about a sport (rugby especially). Avoid anything personal such as people’s salary, why they don’t get married or have children. Also, note that you can call a person by their first name and avoid calling with designated ‘uncle’ or ‘auntie’ if no family relation. When visiting Maori village, equip yourself with Maori custom such as do not sit on a table and do not show emotion on the face when witnessing Maori warrior dance (haka). Maori’s relationship with the land is deep, profound and sacred. It’s important to respect the natural environment and its resources when visiting its natural park. While freedom camping is allowed, ensure that it’s not on private property. New Zealand custom is very strict at the airport in protecting its beautiful environment. Do not bring fresh food of any kind. All food items brought into the country must be declared The Maori language is recognized as the official language in New Zealand (although English is commonly used). You will encounter the name of places, street or building in the Maori language widely. Get to know few useful phrases such Kia Ora (Hello) and do pronounce Maori word began with ‘wh’ as ‘f’. Get yourself familiar with Kiwi slang (often spoken very quickly) and local phrases such “sweet as, she’ll be right, see ya later bro, choice bro, how’s it going mate.” Know what is dairy (little corner store), gumboots (rubber boots), EFTPOS (payment accepted by debit or credit card), and entrée (appetizer).   Exploring Nature Be up close to the nature, its flora and fauna through a brisk walk, swim, hiking or ferry cruise. This way the appreciation of nature can be best absorbed. South Island is definitely top of the list to visit for the best of nature New Zealand can offer. Queenstown, Mackenzie and Westland regions are the most stunning with incredible display of nature such glaciers (Franz Josef, Fox and Tasman), fiord (Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound), lakes (Lake Wakatipu, Hayes, Matheson, Wanaka, Tekapo), beaches (Gillespie) and national parks (Mount Cook, Mount Aspiring, Fiordland). Some attractions are within close proximity so you can witness the amazing creation of lake, beach, and mountain in one day. Other parts of South Island worth visiting are Abel Tasman National Park (beautiful seaside best for sea kayaking), Kaikoura (sperm whale watching), Paparoa National Park (Pancake Rocks and Blowholes). In North Island, the most notable natural attractions can be found in Rotorua for geysers (Pohutu Geiser at Te Puia), mud pool, geothermal spring, and colourful pool (Waiotapu). Be amazed at Lake Taupo for its impressive size (about the size of Singapore) that you feel like standing by a seaside. After visiting Huka Falls, make way from Taupo to the oldest national park in New Zealand - Tongariro National Park for mountain and volcanoes view (such as at Mount Ruapehu, Whakapapa Village, and Chateau Tongariro). Most favourite by New Zealanders for its one of a kind landscape and natural wonder. Other natural beauties in North Island are in Northland region (Bay Of Island, Cape Reinga, 99 Miles Beach) and Bay Of Plenty region (Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, Mount Maunganui ) where islands, rugged cliff, and long beaches are your playground. New Zealand is also famous for unique habitats that can’t be found elsewhere. Other than the shy Kiwi bird which you can view in conservatory or wildlife sanctuary, be amazed at clever kea bird, fur seals, Hector’s dolphins, and native animals such as yellow-eyed penguin, tuatara, pukeko, pukeno, and tui.   Exploring Culture New Zealand culture is essentially a Western culture that shaped by its geographic isolation and at the core, is the result of the influence of Maori culture and British colonisation. The Maori culture can be experienced at Waitangi (the most historic ground in New Zealand where a treaty was signed between the Maori and the Europeans), Rotorua (Tamaki Village, Mitai Maori, Whakarewarewa), Auckland (Auckland Museum) and Wellington ( Te Papa Museum) where you will learn about Maori art, craft, cultural dance, song and hangi (meal cooked in earth-oven). Auckland is the biggest Polynesian city in the world. Take this opportunity to explore Otara market in West Auckland where you can absorb the rich Pacific cultures from islanders of Samoan, Tongan, Niueans, and Cook Islanders. Sporting culture also runs deep in the life of Kiwis where you could be part of it by getting a ticket to rugby or cricket matches. Must-do when in Auckland, the City of Sails is to sail on America’s Cup prestigious yacht around the harbour. The strong sense of Kiwis identity is unique and can be characterised by iconic elements such as L&P drink, paua shell (close relative of abalone), pineapple lumps (chocolate covered sweet with pineapple flavoured in centre), the pohutukawa (New Zealand Christmas tree), pavlova (meringue and cream dessert), and jandals (flip-flop or thongs). Café culture is an evolution throughout New Zealand (especially Auckland and Wellington) and you can taste the art of perfecting and experimenting espresso in many cafes in city and countryside where the standards for coffee is high.   Adventure Activities Apart from natural beauty, the country is well-known for its extreme sports, adventure activities, and mountaineering tradition. The adventure hub is in Queenstown where you could challenge adrenalin for bungy jumping (AJ Hackett choices from Kawarau Bridge, Nevis, Ledge/Freestyle), skydiving (NZone Skydive), jet boating, rafting, canyoning, and zip-lining. In North Island, you could perform bungee off Auckland Harbour Bridge or at Lake Taupo. Waitomo Cave is popular with caving, black-water rafting and abseiling. In Rotorua, you could get inside a big plastic ball and roll down a hill – called Zorb or OGO. You could take a guided trek or mountaineering skill course from one of many experienced mountain guiding companies. During the winter season, you could ski or snowboard at Whakapapa in North Island or endless choices in Queenstown (The Remarkable, Coronet Peak, Cardona, Treble Cones). Outside winter season, the indoor ski is possible at Snowplanet in Auckland.   Muslim Friendly According to the latest Census statistic from 2013, the number of Muslim in New Zealand is around 1% showing an increasing trend from 2006 census. There are several mosques and Islamic centres in major cities where Muslims concentrated in New Zealand. You can find the list and salath/prayer time at Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) websites. Major universities provide a prayer room for students, and public place such as Auckland International Airport serves a quiet place to observe prayer. With abundant of fresh ingredients including delicious seafood and influence from diverse ethnics in New Zealand, you won’t experience too much inconvenience in finding Halal eateries. Tourism New Zealand published a New Zealand Halal Food Guide as recommended by FIANZ and Kiwi Muslim Directory which also include plenty of vegetarian outlets. In North Island, you can’t go wrong with Long John Silver outlets for various seafood meals (3 locations in Auckland serve Halal menu). For pies and sausage rolls, you can enjoy Mrs Mac’s Halal-certified range at selected petrol stations and supermarket. If you require self-catering, there are plenty of Halal butcher around major cities given New Zealand export its meat and poultry abroad. Stay in Muslim homestay enables convenient arrangement for Halal food such as Mesra Homestay in Auckland or Rasa Sayang Villa in Rotorua. Other Useful Tips/Places of Interests For the Lord of the Ring fans, while you can book the various location tours, you could plan a trip to Tongariro National Park where you can admire the Middle Earth landscape at your own pace. When in Nelson, South Island don’t miss out to pop by jeweller Jens Hansen who designed and made the famous movie ring. If you are into design and creative art, World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum in Nelson and WETA Workshop in Wellington for filmmaking experience can’t be overlooked. Some of fresh produced and bounty that must be eaten unique to the land are; seafood - crayfish, oyster (from Bluff), green-lipped mussels, pipi, abalone, and fruits - tamarillo, feijoa, and yellow kiwifruit. There are quirkiest and interesting places to visit such as the longest place name in the world with 92 letters (Hawke’s Bay), world’s steepest residential road (Baldwin Street, Dunedin), and the largest wooden building in Southern Hemisphere (Old Government Buildings, Wellington). Picture Credit - New Zealand night sky is perfect to view Southern Cross, Southern Lights and the Milky Ways at the International Dark Sky Reserve (Mt John Observatory, Lake Tekapo). Expect a good standard of service when travelling in New Zealand. That said, tipping is not customary. With proper planning by referring to travel guide above, New Zealand (or Aotearoa in Maori) can be one of the best vacation. This is a destination you must add to your travel bucket list – a once in a lifetime experience to see and undertake in adventure or adrenaline activities. A unique Kiwi experience that is priceless and pure awaits you. More details: Tourism New Zealand: Click here Halal Food Guide by FIANZ: Click Here FIANZ for Islamic Centres, Prayer Times and Halal Directory: Click Here Te Ara for complete guide of New Zealand: Click here For more travel guides, check out our travel blog or download the Halaltrip Islamic travel app to help locate Halal restaurants and prayer locations near you....

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