Ex-pat Brits and visitors from the United Kingdom often pine for homely treats such as the Melton Mowbray-style pork pie.
To much delight, and often after much searching, they can find expertly-made pork pies throughout the country, often made by butcheries that specialise in products aimed at the ex-pat market.
Here are five of the best.
5 best places to buy pork pies in New Zealand
131 Westend Rd, Westmere, Auckland
This award-winning butchery makes weekly batches of pork pies in large and small sizes and understands the need to keep them nicely chilled. They also provide other ex-pat treats such as white and black pudding, haggis, Cornish pasties and Scotch pies.
Papamoa Plaza, Papamoa, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Makes pork pies with pure pork and no preservatives or additives. These come in small, large and family (made on request) sizes. The butchery also makes a range of other products of interest to Brits including black pudding, Cornish pasties, faggots and Scotch eggs.
Corner of Warrant St & St Aubyn St, Hastings, Hawkes Bay
This family business began in 1914 and has been passed through the generations from founder Carl Vogtherr to his great-granddaughter Claire.
They provide online sales, run courses for those who want to learn the fine art of making sausages or salami, and their store sells a range of speciality meats, and, of course, English-style pork pies.
10 Rossini Way, Rolleston, Christchurch, Canterbury
Makes English-style pork pies in large (440gm) and small (220gm) sizes, as well as a large range of other artisan products. This online business delivers weekly to the wider Christchurch area and can deliver outside the area too (subject to food safety).
46 Glasgow St, South Dunedin, Dunedin, Otago
This business was launched by Lancastrian Steven Turner in 2008 and he’s been selling hand made pies at the Otago Farmers Market and through his online store. He only bakes every 21 days to ensure his customers get quality (and freshly made pies), and his range includes wild hare, steak and Bluff oyster, Cornish pasties as well as his sought-after pork pies.