Blue cod is a South Island specialty and you might have to be prepared to put in some travel to scoff some of the best battered samples in Southland.
Our top choice for a fish and chip experience in the deep south requires a ferry trip to Stewart Island.
To help identify the best fish and chips in New Zealand, we’ve drawn on many sources including which fryers have taken awards at the national Best Chip Shop competitions. These awards have run since 2006 and are a useful guide to identifying the best in the country and in each region.
Our guide to the best fish and chips in Southland includes the following recommendations:
The Kai Kart
7 Ayr St, Oban, Stewart Island
Sure, it’s not the easiest fish and chip shop to get to but it’s worth the effort! This converted caravan cooks up fish and chips using freshly caught fish such as blue cod and elephant fish. Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.
Next best (not in order)
33 Northumberland Street, Tapanui
Highly commended in the regional section of the Best Chip Shop competition in 2013.
Herbert Street Takeaway
122 Herbert Street, Invercargill
Highly rated in TripAdvisor reviews, serves fresh fish including the locally caught blue cod. And it serves up Bluff oysters in season.
Our guide to the best fish and chip shops in New Zealand
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