Sachie's Kitchen television host Sachie Nomura (left) with
social media personality Marischka Prudence at Rata in
Queenstown last week. Photo supplied.
A group of high-profile Indonesian journalists and travel
industry executives dined at two Queenstown restaurants on
Friday as part of a ''gourmet tour of New Zealand'', which may
assist in tapping the ''culinary travel'' market.
The group was hosted by Sachie's Kitchen television
show host Sachie Nomura and included social media personality
In Queenstown the group dined at Rata Restaurant and Madam
Woo, both owned by Michelin chef Josh Emett.
The aim of the tour was to boost New Zealand's profile as a
food destination in the tourism market of Indonesia.
At present, there are 13,600 Indonesian arrivals a year at
Auckland International Airport. It is hoped to grow that to
38,900 by 2020.
Restaurant Association of New Zealand chief executive Marisa
Bidois saw a significant potential for growth in the culinary
''New Zealand has a diverse range of dining destinations
available for the discerning tourist to enjoy truly unique
and memorable dining experiences.
''Initiatives such as the Sachie's Kitchen Gourmet Tour are
instrumental in building New Zealand's reputation as the
ultimate culinary destination.''
Nomura said the tour was a natural extension of the
Sachie's Kitchen brand.
''I've always wanted to be a bridge between the East and
''I arrived in New Zealand from Japan 17 years ago and I love
showing Kiwis how easy it is to cook eastern food.
''This gourmet tour crosses back, letting Asian people know
how wonderful and fresh New Zealand food is.''
Nomura said Asian tourists were given an ''insider's guide''
to New Zealand food through the tour, from fine dining
restaurants to ''the best place to get a burger or pie''.