Who are you and where are you?
My name is Alice and I live in Auckland, New Zealand!
Tell me about your relationship with gluten..
My relationship with gluten is like.. having an ex boyfriend that you think you could still be friends with, but know that it’s not going to happen! I was diagnosed with coeliac Â disease 6 years ago (back when nobody in NZ really knew what it was and just thought I was weird) and have been on a life mission to make it cool ever since.
Why should gluten free travellers visit your town?
Gluten Free travellers should visit Auckland because not only is it an awesome place to explore, relax on the beach and party in, it has a great food culture and plenty of fabulous eateries to try. The people here are very friendly, and restaurant staff want to do everything they can do accommodate you. Most places will be happy to alter or invent a meal that will meet your dietary requirements, if it’s not already on the menu. NZ has high food standards, and food labels must write in bold if they contain gluten. You can read more about gluten-free labelling laws in New Zealand here.
Tell me something fun about your town..
Auckland is surrounded by water, with the Pacific Ocean on one side and Tasman sea on the other. This means you can buy fresh seafood all year round. It also means that any day of the year you can go boating, swimming, kayaking or catch the ferry over to one of the many islands in the Hauraki Gulf and spend the day at a winery or exploring the island.
Where is your favourite place to eat out in your town and why?
Auckland is (now) a great place for gluten free eating. It would be hard to chose a favourite or to list all of them! Some cafes and restaurants have printed on their menu what is gluten free, otherwise just ask and then will either bring you a separate menu or let you know your options.
- Little Bird unbakery makes everything raw, dairy and gluten free.
- For a typical ‘kiwi’ meal, you must try a plate of fish and chips. The Chip Shop have a gluten free menu and they use a separate deep fryer, so there is no risk of contamination.
- For some great views of the city, it is worth going up the Sky Tower. The revolving restaurant that is up there as a great gluten free menu.
- Ripe Deli does great salads and baking to eat in or takeaway. Once at the deli the salads all have signs on them with what they contain.
- MexicoÂ alsoÂ has a lot of fresh, delicious, gluten free food.
Do you live in Auckland or have you travelled there? Where is your favourite place to eat gluten free?