Grilled, toasted and burgered at Wellington On a Plate

Visa Wellington On a Plate features a 17-day burger trail with 116 burgers to trial.

If a burger fuels your happy place, you might want to plan a New Zealand visit this August during the capital’s annual food festival – Visa Wellington On a Plate – on a 17-day burger trail with 116 burgers to trial.

That’s seven options per day, and not one like another, to test your appetite’s limits. 

Eat, Drink & Be Welly (12 – 28 August) will be the eighth edition of Visa WOAP!, a toast to the taste buds inspired by a creative community that comes together to celebrate their own culinary innovation – from fine dining to burgers and craft beer.

One of the most popular features on the packed menu of events and dining out opportunities, Burger Wellington challenges traditional burger perceptions as chefs put their creations to the test for keen public sampling and voting to determine the eventual winner. 

To help with consumption there are three unique festival brews from Garage Project to match with the burgers. To titillate your taste buds, here’s a preview sample of what’s on offer and where to find them. Prices range from NZ$15 - $25.

  • Grill Meats Beer, 227 Cuba St: Lamb Shank Redemption – spiced Wairarapa lamb patty with braised shank, Cuba Fruit Mart beetroot, baby kale, roasted pumpkin, Kingsmeade Castlepoint feta, and pine nut aioli, on a Pandoro bun. Beer match = Garage Project Persephone.
  • Foxglove Bar & Kitchen, Queens Wharf: The Wellington Wild Thing – Venison and smoked paprika patty with Kingsmeade Wairarapa Jack cheddar, and fig and rosemary chutney on a Clareville Bakery pretzel bun with handcut fries.
  • Dragonfly, 70 Courtenay Place: Canton Burger – Cantonese Char Siu flavoured pork patty with ginger, garlic and ground bean barbeque sauce on a Pandoro sesame bun with glutinous rice chips and kimchi dip. Beer match = Garage Project Lola.
  • Charley Noble, 1 Post Office Sq: Charley’s Trap – Wagyu beef patty with trashcan gypsy-smoked Preston’s bacon, chimichurri, Ontrays gruyere, truffled mayonnaise, cucumber pickle and salad. 
  • Beat Kitchen gourmet food truck: Major Tom – 15-hour pohutukawa smoked brisket with pickled cabbage salad, Beat Kitchen barbeque sauce and a pickle in a Clareville Bakery cornbread brioche bun. 
  • Beach Babylon, 232 Oriental Pde: No Smoke Without Fire – Chargrilled Angus beef patty with Kapiti Pakari aged cheddar and jalapeno fondue, Harrington’s bacon, Huffman’s Crafty Sauches chilli jam and habanero mustard with handcut chips. Beer match = Garage Project Hakituri. 

Find out more about Burger Wellington and Visa Wellington On a Plate.

New Zealand’s hottest burger spots

WELLINGTON: Visa Wellington On a Plate’s Burger Wellington
12 - 28 August 2016 

Every year during the Visa WOAP! festival the heat is on to discover what’s best between two buns as 100-plus burgers take part in Garage Project presents Burger Wellington. 

Restaurants, cafés and food trucks battle for burger supremacy, with many matched to Garage Project’s unique Festival brews. More than 70,000 burgers are consumed over the duration of the festival, and diners rate each burger they devour out of 10 to determine the festival favourites.A lucky burger tasting panel then decides the supreme winners for best burger, and best burger and beer match.  

Visa Wellington On a Plate 2016 takes place 12 - 28 August.

AUCKLAND: Burger Burger

Ever since Burger Burger opened its doors in Ponsonby a couple of years ago, the rest of Auckland has been playing catch up. The now legendary (and super successful) Burger Burger dishes up simple burgers the way they are supposed to be. All the meat is free farmed, the veggie burger is epic and the sides take everything to another level.

Menu pick: The weekly special. Each week the Burger Burger team come up with a delicious burger a little bit outside the box. Try the charred broccoli side too, amazing. 


Ever had a burger delivered to you at 100km/ph? Innovative C1 Espresso in Christchurch has developed a burger delivery service that takes the term ‘fast food’ absolutely literally. The sliders at this iconic Christchurch café are delivered to your table by an antique pneumatic tube. Choose a combo of any three flavours, sit back and watch your burgers fly across the room onto your plate. 

Menu pick: Pulled pork shoulder with apple slaw & jalapeño for a combo of heat and speed. 

QUEENSTOWN: Fergburger

If you haven’t made it to Queenstown yet, someone you know has been there and tried a Fergburger. A classic refuel stop in New Zealand’s adventure capital, this burger is a rite of passage for every visitor. Don’t be put off by the queues outside and down the street, they’re worth it and an experience in itself.

Menu pick: Big Al (pictured). Yum - a double serving of prime New Zealand beef (1/2lb), lashings of bacon, a whole lotta cheese, 2 eggs, beetroot, lettuce, tomato, red onion, relish & a big wad of aioli.  Good luck with that.

DUNEDIN: Velvet Burger

Velvet Burger began in Dunedin and quickly gained a reputation as the best burger in the southern New Zealand city. Pretty soon tales of these burgers travelled north and Velvet Burger opened stores in Auckland and Christchurch. Dunedin was and will always be its home. 

Menu pick: The Stag - venison, salad, Portobello mushroom, blue cheese, with aioli and plum chutney. Oh deer, it is good.