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Maki Mono is a sushi takeaway restaurant. They use halal chicken. So the chicken dishes are halal, as well as the fish sushi.

Dunedin, New Zealand

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Maki Mono is a sushi takeaway restaurant. They use halal chicken. So the chicken dishes are halal, as well as the fish sushi.

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420 George Street, North Dunedin, Otago 9016

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  • Surround Yourself With Wildlife & Thread Through Africa’s Beautiful Deserts in Namibia, South Africa

    Named after its oldest desert – the Namib – Namibia is sheer African nature at its best. Often referred to as ‘Africa for beginners’, this beautiful country will delight the inner adventurer in you! With majestic sand dunes as tall as mountains, to bizarre plant life and the incredible wildlife sustaining themselves in the arid desert conditions – Namibia boasts a unique landscape. Namibia is a vast expanse of remote plains where ancient tribes of people resided next to the wild, with cities which illustrate its German colonial history. Have you been wondering how to plan a trip to Africa? Why not start with Namibia first, this article will give you an insight on what Namibia has to offer, may it be its mesmerizing deserts, wildlife or activities. Starting off with Namibia’s deserts: 1. The Namib The Namib is a coastal desert referred to as the world’s oldest desert; it is also regarded as a world heritage site. It is a vast expanse stretching over 2000 km; Namib translates to a ‘Vast place’. Welwitschia The Namib boasts a number of unique flora and fauna which have adapted to fit in with the desert climate. You will come across certain marvels like the Welwitschia plant, which is a living fossil only found in the Namib Desert. If you are lucky you will spot a herd of desert Elephants, or even the graceful Oryx gazelle. It is within this desert that most of Namibia’s attractions lie, from the scenic sand dunes of the Sossusvlei to the shipwrecks of old at Skeleton coast, the Namib will offer you plenty to explore! 2. The Kalahari Desert Covering an expanse of 360,000 square miles through Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, the Kalahari Desert which translates to ‘the great thirst’, is not a desert in the strictest sense of the word. This desert receives about 5–10 inches of rainfall annually; it is also part of the Kalahari Basin and other wet areas! A little fun fact: The Kalahari desert composes of the world’s largest expanse of sand dunes in the world! But isn’t the Sahara Desert the largest desert in the world? It is, however, sand dunes only make up 15% of its 9,200,000 km. Consisting of many plant species with some like the Camelthorn being endemic to the region, this desert has open woodlands in the wetter northern and eastern parts. In the more drier southwest part of the Kalahari vegetation is sparse however, you will find the Hoodia cactus in abundance. Hoodia cactus has been used by the San people for centuries to ease thirst and hunger during long hunting trips in the desert. The Kalahari Desert is home to many species of animals, but the ones that stand out are the Meerkats and the Oryx gazelle. 3. Sossusvlei The Sosusvlei translate to ‘dead-end-marsh’ and refers to a salt clay pan which resides in between tall red sand dunes. The sand dunes of Sossusvlei are famous world over for their vivid shades of pink and orange due to a high concentration of iron and, oxidation. The oldest dunes have the iconic reddish hue it is famous for, most of these dunes are the highest in the world rising to about 200 metres in height. The tallest of them all is the ‘Big Daddy’, standing at a height of 325 metres, whilst the tallest dune of the Namib Desert rises at 388 metres. It is one of Namibia’s main tourist attractions as watching the sunrise from the Sossusvlei dunes is a dramatic display of light and shadow touching the dunes, making for incredible photography! Hiking up the sand dunes is similar to hiking in snow, however it will leave you breatheless, but, you will be rewarded at the top with a stunning view of the area. Another iconic landmark of the area is the Deadvlei where two blackened acacia trees stand against the stark white salt pan surrounded by the orange dunes. This used to be an oasis with several acacia trees, however, once the river that fed the oasis changed course the area dried up, leaving behind the dramatic dead acacia trees. The Deadvlei is a dramatic and surreal landscape and has been photographed many times and has also played as the setting for many films and videos. 4. Damaraland Damaraland is one of Namibia’s most scenic places. However, the region’s name has a tragic history; Damaraland was the old apartheid term for the area as Damara people were relocated there during the 1960s. However, this unique landscape has many attractions, like the glorious rock formations in Spitkoppe, witness some of the first human engravings in Brandberg and Twyfelfontein, and the Petrified Forest which is said to be a million years old! Damaraland is home to Black Rhinos and Elephants, they offer special safaris from which all proceeds go the conservation of these animals. 5. Skeleton Coast Picture Credit: Info Namibia It is the northern part of the Atlantic coast, Namibian bushmen called it ‘The Land God Made in Anger’, whilst Portuguese sailors called it the ‘The Gates of Hell’. In 1944, John Henry Marsh published a book called ‘Skeleton Coast’, which chronicled the shipwreck of the Dunedin Star.  Due to popularity of the book the name stuck, and the region has been called Skeleton coast ever since. This peculiar area of Namibia is famous for its treacherous fogs which have caught unwary ships by surprise resulting in their demise. Close to the graveyard of shipwrecks lie lazy brown Cape seals at Cape Cross sunbathing and frolicking on the beach. Travel Itinerary across Namibia Namibia is a vast country with a lot offer, so it cannot be covered within a few weeks or even a month, and you must be wondering on how to plan a Halal trip to Namibia.  This Namibia travel itinerary covers all the essential spots you need to visit in the country and it’ll only take two weeks! Also remember that it would be wise to have your own vehicle, a 4WD would be ideal to make sure you efficiently cover this complete Namibia road trip itinerary. So buckle up folks! 1. Begin Your Journey at Windhoek Begin your journey at the capital of Namibia, Windhoek. The capital is a thriving modern city with everything you would need, restaurants, malls and even some worthy sightseeing spots.  Though it may not have much Halal-friendly restaurants – Garnish being the recommended Halal restaurant – all other restaurants in the area serve vegetarian options so you don’t need to worry about food. Refer the Tourism Board of Namibia for the best dining options. Garnish Indian RestaurantAddress: 28 Trift Towers, Trift Street, Ausspannplatz Windhoek, NamibiaOpening hours: Monday to Sunday, 11:30am – 9:30pmContact: +264 61 258119Email: info@garnish.com.na           garnishrestaurant@hotmail.comWebsite: www.garnish-restaurant.com Namibia Tourism BoardAddress: C/O Haddy & Sam Nujoma Drive, Private Bag 13244, Windhoek, NamibiaContact: +264 61 2906000Email: info@namibiatourism.com.naWebsite:  www.namibiatourism.com.na 2. Surround Yourself With Wildlife at Erongo and Okonjima (3 to 4 Nights) Picture Credit: Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia After Windhoek head over to Erongo and spend a night or two at the Erongo Wilderness Lodge, a highly acclaimed retreat with great mountain scenery, wildlife views and birdwatching combined with environmentally friendly architecture which has been created to complement nature. Picture Credit: Okonjima Follow this up with a two night stay at the Okonjima Nature Reserve, the epicentre of the AfriCat Foundation which protects Chettahs and other big carnivores rescued from human – wildlife conflicts that occur throughout the country. They offer guided tours and even let you volunteer to help with the cause – giving you a chance to be part of something great! Erongo Wilderness LodgeAddress: Erongo Wilderness Lodge Conservancy Omaruru, D2315, Omaruru, NamibiaTelephone: +264 61 23 9199Email: info@erongowilderness-namibia.comWebsite: https://www.erongowilderness-namibia.com/Facebook: www.facebook.com/ErongoWildernessLodge Okonjima Nature ReserveAddress: PO Box 793, Otjiwarongo, NamibiaTelephone: +264 67 314 000Email: info@okonjimalodge.comWebsite: okonjima.com Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube  AfriCat FoundationWebsite: www.africat.org Facebook 3. Etosha National Park (3 Nights) Picture Credit: Etosha National Park Drive over to Etosha National Park, regarded as one of the world’s greatest wildlife viewing venues! This is a wildlife park which will bring the animals to you, all you have to do is park your car next to one of the many watering holes and watch as lions, elephants, gemsbok and other creatures arrive in hundreds! It is recommended that you stay here for 3 nights to get the full experience. Etosha National Park Website: www.etoshanationalpark.org 4. Damaraland (3 Days) South west of the Etosha National Park is where all of Namibia’s dramatic, spectacular scenery resides –in Damaraland! Spitzkoppe Dedicate a day each to Damaraland’s highlights – Twyfelfontein, where you can witness rock engravings, Brandberg, the great pink granite which houses some of the finest remnants of African prehistoric art, and, Spitzkoppe, home of the ‘Matterhorn of Africa’. 5. Cape Cross, Swakopmund, and Sossusvlei Swakopmund Spend a day at the beach watching the seals in Cape Cross, try sand boarding near Swakopmund – another modern city which mixes the old with the new and looks more like a holiday town along Germany’s North Sea! Sossuvlei Take the route via the Sesriem Canyon for a 2 night stay at Sossuvlei to witness the glorious sand dunes! Be sure to watch the sunrise from the top of a dune and watch how the light touches the pink, orange and red sand dunes. End your journey at Windhoek. Bonus tips Also be aware of all Namibia tours on offer, to not miss out on a great opportunity and experience! Make sure you fill up your tank at every gas station you meet Get yourselves a Namibian SIM card – TN mobile or MTC (best option) as you will not see a soul during your drive in most areas therefore it important that you have some knowledge about the vehicle you are driving incase it runs into problems while on the road When staying at a lodge let them know of your dietary requirements beforehand as they would be prepared accordingly. It is also easy to prepare your own snacks to eat while on the road, you can easily find groceries in Windhoek and Swakopmund Cover up your electronics (smart phones, laptops, cameras etc) with weather resistant covering as sand will surely get into every nook and cranny of your devices Namibia is a must visit destination and should be on anyone’s list! Be sure to visit all of the places mentioned above and take many photos or even write your own Namibia road trip blog and share with us on the HalalTrip App! Take in the surroundings and make amazing memories! Happy travels!...

  • 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: production-editors.newzealand.com Picture Credit: production-editors.newzealand.com 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 https://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/halal-guide-for-new-zealand/   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- Giphy.com   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 - railnewzealand.com 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 - www.earthandsky.co.nz 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....

  • A Muslim Traveller's Guide to Finding Halal Food in New Zealand

    Planning a visit to New Zealand and looking for Halal Food in New Zealand's major cities like Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Dunedin, Rotorua, Taupo, Nelson and Napier?  Read HalalTrip's guide to get more information. New Zealand is a destination that is sure to be at the top of every individual’s travel bucket list. A mixture of stunning natural settings and fascinating mad-made attractions, cultures and more, New Zealand offers so much to do and see, and has thus become one of the most favored travel destinations in the world. . It is home to world-renowned attractions such as One Tree Hill, the Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, the Franz Josef Glacier, Sky Tower, Hobbiton and Abel Tasman National Park. It also happens to be home to a variety of cultures, with individuals from around the world now calling the island country their home. These immigrants brought with them a variety of religions, including Islam. New Zealand today therefore, consists of a sizeable Muslim population. Read on to find out how Muslim-friendly New Zealand is, and to discover how easy it will be to find prayer facilities and Halal food in New Zealand. . Halal Food in New Zealand Halal food is a huge concern amongst Muslims who travel. If Halal food is hard to find in a certain destination, a sizeable percentage of travelers choose not to visit the destination. How easy will it therefore be for Muslim travelers to find Halal food in New Zealand? The answer is, quite easy! While many smaller towns will most likely not house any Halal restaurants in New Zealand, most of the country’s larger cities such as Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, etc., offer a plethora of Halal options for Muslim visitors to New Zealand. New Zealand has in fact become one of the largest exporters of Halal products, such as Halal meat. Muslim tourists who have the means to prepare their own meals are therefore sure to find numerous shops selling Halal meats and more. . Halal Food in Auckland Auckland is the top place in New Zealand to find Muslim-friendly facilities. Due to it being a multicultural city, Muslim visitors, no matter where they are from, will be able to find Halal food in Auckland that will suit their tastes and budgets. From Middle Eastern cuisine to Italian, Indian, Chinese, Malay, and America, visitors will be able to find it all. Mosques in Auckland are also in plenty. Click here for a Muslim-friendly city guide to Auckland . Halal Food in Wellington New Zealand’s capital; Wellington is also quite Muslim-friendly. Muslim tourists will be able to dine on Halal cuisine at Satay Kajang, Curry Pot and Marrakech Café. International chains like Nando’s also have Halal restaurants in Wellington. There are also a few mosques in Wellington that serve the local Muslim community, as well as Muslim tourists. Click here for a Muslim-friendly city guide to Wellington . Halal Food in Hamilton Muslims heading to Hamilton will also be able to find Muslim-friendly facilities. There may not be as many Halal restaurants in Hamilton as there are in Auckland, but restaurants like Biryani House and Kebabs Salateen are known to serve Halal food. There are also mosques in Hamilton, as well prayer facilities at the University of Waikato. Click here for a Muslim-friendly city guide to Hamilton . Halal Food in Christchurch Christchurch is another of New Zealand’s most Muslim-friendly cities.  Some of the best Halal restaurants in Christchurch include Arjee Bhajee, Bombay Butler, and Mosaic by Simo. Muslim tourists will also be able to find some mosques in Christchurch. Click here for a Muslim-friendly city guide to Christchurch . The university city of Dunedin is also home to Muslims, which means Muslim visitors are sure to find Muslim-friendly facilities in the city. Halal Food in other cities Halal restaurants in New Zealand can also be found in places like Rotorua, Taupo, Nelson and Napier. Muslim tourists must however be aware that a number of restaurants in New Zealand that serve Halal food also do serve alcohol, in order to cater to the needs of the rest of the country’s population. . Who certifies Halal Food in New Zealand? The New Zealand Islamic Development Trust or NZIDT and the Federation of the Islamic Associations of New Zealand are the bodies in New Zealand that provide Halal certifications and Halal assurance. If unsure of any of the above mentioned facilities, Muslim tourists could contact theses organizations for more information. Contact information for New Zealand Islamic Development Trust (NZIDT) have been listed below for further queries regarding Halal assurance in New Zealand: Address: New Zealand Islamic Development Trust (NZIDT), Level 4, 369, Queen Street P O Box: 5636 Auckland 1010, Auckland, New Zealand. Telephone: 09 306 8934/09 306 8935 More information regarding Halal food in New Zealand, as well as prayer facilities in the country can be found on the HalalTrip app. Click here for more Muslim-friendly guides about New Zealand!. ...

  • What New Zealand Can Offer Muslim Travellers

    New Zealand has always captivated travellers with its breathtaking natural scenery. Attractions in the country range from beautiful pristine beaches to lush rainforests to majestic mountains capped by snow. Facilities for Muslim travellers will also be readily available to ensure a fantastic visit. Read on for a list of recommended places to visit when travelling in New Zealand.   Auckland The vibrant city of Auckland is one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand. The city is home to more than half of the country’s Muslim population and Muslim travellers will be able to find many Halal restaurants and prayer facilities across the city. Kebab City, Zezenya, Ayutthaya Thai Food and Salateen are amongst some of the popular Halal restaurants in Auckland and travellers who require prayer facilities may visit a few of the city’s many mosques such as Al Maqtoum Masjid, Al Falaah Islamic Centre, Glen Innes Islamic Centre and the Auckland University Masjid. There will also be plenty to do in the city, with attractions ranging from unique volcanic landscapes to theme parks and leisure parks to memorial museums.   Wellington Wellington – the capital of the country – is another excellent destination in New Zealand for Muslim travellers. Due to the relatively large Muslim population residing in the country, access to facilities such as Halal restaurants and mosques can be easily found. Food Corner Limited and Mughlai Mer Curries are a couple of the restaurants in Wellington which serve Halal food. Often referred to as the Windy City, Wellington is popular for its numerous shopping areas, cultural attractions, stunning harbour views and its beautiful wildlife reserves. It also offers beautiful stunning beaches and bays and has something to offer everyone – be it surfing or scuba diving or a quiet time with the family.   Christchurch Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch is a multicultural city which is home to a sizable Muslim population. It is also famously dubbed the ‘The Garden City’ and is home to over 700 large parks and public gardens. The Orana Wildlife Park is a must-visit spot when travelling in Christchurch and is perhaps the highlight of the city. Stretching across 80 acres of land, the park is located just 15 minutes away from the Christchurch Airport and offers a unique way to observe the flora and fauna of the area. Christchurch also offers several activities such as bungee jumping, mountain biking and hot-air ballooning and will offer plenty to do for adventurous travellers.   Queenstown The beautiful town of Queenstown is often called the world’s adventure capital and is a sought-after tourist destination in the country. Due to its small Muslim community and the growing number of Muslim tourists visiting the city, sufficient facilities will be available in Queenstown for Muslim travellers to experience a convenient stay. In addition to its beautiful scenery, Queenstown also offers several adventure activities as well as a wealth of luxurious shopping opportunities. Other prominent towns that are worth visiting when travelling in New Zealand include Rotorua, Taupo, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier and Nelson. Halal food and prayer facilities for Muslim travellers may not be available at some of the smaller towns in the country but travellers who plan well ahead will be able to experience an enjoyable visit. ...



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