Road Tripping to New Zealand's Finest Pizza Joint

Since moving to New Zealand a couple years ago, I've never managed to find myself a pizza place that served up such amazing pizza that I'd be happy to call it my "go to". But then I caught wind of this little "pizza shack" up on the Coromandel Peninsula and I knew I just had to try it. And with summer now in full swing, what better time to take a roadie up the coast to explore the beautiful beaches and this infamous pizza joint I kept hearing about?

So that's exactly what we did. Me, my lady and a friend of ours packed up the car for a 3-day long weekend full of camping, amazing beaches, scenic hikes and views, and best of all, the finest pizza I've ever had in New Zealand.

I don't even know what to say about the Coromandel Peninsula other than it's probably one of the prettiest places in the world. One minute you're in the Pacific Northwest of the US surrounded by tall pines, the next you're taken away to the crystal clear waters of Greece, all while still holding on to the fact that you're actually in New Zealand.

I could go on and on about how awesome a place it is, but I'll let some photos do the talking instead:

Looks amazing, right?? It was :) But let's not forget what we all really came here for - the pizza.

Situated right in town (it's a tiny town, mind you) right across the street from the beach, Luke's Kitchen serves up coffees and breakfast in the am (including freshly baked pizza dough to go with your eggies) and delicious pizzas and other treats from lunchtime onwards, all from fresh, local ingredients (including crazy-fresh seafood - the Coromandel is known for their mussels). see all those people in the above photos? Me neither. That's because that's how the Coromandel Peninsula is - empty. But believe it or not, the line at Luke's Kitchen goes out the door and around the corner. It's like people come out of the woodworking just to get a taste of this magic. Luckily we knew this going into it, so we were sure to get there early for a decent table and minimal wait time.

Here was the evening's line up:

  • Local craft beer from Hot Water Brewing Co. and Blue Fridge Brewery
  •  Mussels (w/ garlic butter, chili, and herbs) & wood fired garlic bread
  • "Fresh As" pizza (tomato, garlic, basil)
  • "Triple 'P'" pizza (prawn, pepperoni, pesto)

I wanted to try at least one more pizza, but we were just so damn full! I guess we'll just have to go back and try the others another time :).



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