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What are NZ supermarkets like? We've been to Aus many times and think that Coles and Woolworths sell an excellebt variety andquality of produce. Is it similar in NZ?
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What are NZ supermarkets like? We've been to Aus many times and think that Coles and Woolworths sell an excellebt variety andquality of produce. Is it similar in NZ?
Many of the supermarkets in NZ are owned by the same company - foodstuffs NZ. There is also Pak and Save and Woolworths.

I found supermarket shopping OKish in NZ except for one main thing - the prices :scared:

Ever paid £2 for a cucumber?



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i guess that about $5.50 ? How do people live in NZ then - surely local produce is cheap??!!!
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i guess that about $5.50 ? How do people live in NZ then - surely local produce is cheap??!!!
Local produce is exported!!!! The locals get whatevers left. Some of the quality of the fruit and veg has to be seen to be believed! Nothing like as good as we see in the UK.

At the time I lived in NZ the £2 cucumber was $4 - still horrendously expensive.

Also bear in mind that fruit and veg are seasonal - you can't get brussel sprouts at Christmas. Actually a lot is seasonal - you can only get turkey at Christmas. My MIL was astounded to see it in shops in the UK at other times of year.

In response to "how do people in NZ live" - well, this has been done to death on this forum, but many people have to choose between heating and eating!

In my opinion, wages to costs, NZ is one of the least affordable places in the world.

I know there are some who disagree with this.



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If you buy seasonal fruit and veg in season it is cheap. You can always buy tinned or frozen fruit or veg all year round.
There are plenty of greengrocers around, or most people have enough space to have a vegie patch if that is what they want.
If you want to buy fruit and vegies out of season, then they may have flown serious airmiles to get to NZ, so they may be expensive. However NZ is in the temperate zone, there is not actually too much that can't be grown here (excepting bananas - and no bananas tend not to be expensive).
There are more and more farmers markets around NZ, here in ChCh you are spoilt for chioce.

And personally I can't stand cucumbers, so it is not something I ever worried about And to make up for the brussels not being available at Christmas, yummy strawberries are in season, and that is a much better thing IMHO.

And the fruit "feijoa" is sooooo yummy, and not something you woud ever get in the UK.

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What are NZ supermarkets like? We've been to Aus many times and think that Coles and Woolworths sell an excellebt variety andquality of produce. Is it similar in NZ?
imagine the co-op in the early 80s and you wont be far off the mark (only its not cheap)
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Hmmm.... Well I've just paid $1.49 for a cucumber, so someone's exaggerating a bit.

Fruit and veg are superior to anything I found in the UK and the display is fantastic.

Don't be put off by nay-sayers.
I think they have a hidden agenda.


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Hmmm.... Well I've just paid $1.49 for a cucumber, so someone's exaggerating a bit.

Fruit and veg are superior to anything I found in the UK and the display is fantastic.

Don't be put off by nay-sayers.
I think they have a hidden agenda.


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yeah.... jesus.... i REALLY want to make sure everyone who is interested is scared of supermarkets in NZ..... its my mission in life....

do me a favour!!
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yeah.... jesus.... i REALLY want to make sure everyone who is interested is scared of supermarkets in NZ..... its my mission in life....

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What are NZ supermarkets like? We've been to Aus many times and think that Coles and Woolworths sell an excellebt variety andquality of produce. Is it similar in NZ?
OZ supermarkets were a 'bit' of an improvement but not much. Prices about 10-20% lower than NZ (Brisbane).
Cant speak for rest of OZ though regards prices.
Hubbard & Mumo can tell you Sydney prices.
Both have lived in both countries.
Personally I found the UK to be the cheapest and by far the best.
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OZ supermarkets were a 'bit' of an improvement but not much. Prices about 10-20% lower than NZ (Brisbane).
Cant speak for rest of OZ though regards prices.
Hubbard & Mumo can tell you Sydney prices.
Both have lived in both countries.
Personally I found the UK to be the cheapest and by far the best.
yeah i think if your after fruit and veg NZ supermarkets are depressing, often the fruit is bruised, black or green, what you would call seconds n England, no class A stuff, also its expensive and lasts five mins once you take it home.

I think your better off going to your local market, i just got two big punnets of strawberrys for 7 nzd, 2 huge lettuce and a broccoli for 1 nzd each. you pay two to three times that much in pak n starve

also shopping here needs more work than in the UK, its not a one stop tesco or sainsbury experience, you need to look out for offers, check prices and buy different things in different places,

we get fruit veg from market,
bread from woolworths
tinned and cerial and dairy from pak n save
luxury stuff from varius deli and specialist shops.

also you need to buy seasoinal stuffs.

and dont expect good customer service, ive had staff tell me off at the check out cos i forgot my one card at woolworths. another thought i was a nuisance after i returned a yoghurt drink that they just sold me it was 3 days out of date and was fizzy. no apology or anything, not the standard of customer services back home.
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Originally Posted by SecretSquirrel View Post
imagine the co-op in the early 80s and you wont be far off the mark (only its not cheap)

I've always thought they look like a 'Co-op' too - spot on SS.
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yeah i think if your after fruit and veg NZ supermarkets are depressing, often the fruit is bruised, black or green, what you would call seconds n England, no class A stuff, also its expensive and lasts five mins once you take it home.

I think your better off going to your local market, i just got two big punnets of strawberrys for 7 nzd, 2 huge lettuce and a broccoli for 1 nzd each. you pay two to three times that much in pak n starve

also shopping here needs more work than in the UK, its not a one stop tesco or sainsbury experience, you need to look out for offers, check prices and buy different things in different places,

we get fruit veg from market,
bread from woolworths
tinned and cerial and dairy from pak n save
luxury stuff from varius deli and specialist shops.

also you need to buy seasoinal stuffs.

and dont expect good customer service, ive had staff tell me off at the check out cos i forgot my one card at woolworths. another thought i was a nuisance after i returned a yoghurt drink that they just sold me it was 3 days out of date and was fizzy. no apology or anything, not the standard of customer services back home.
We do roughly what you do and grow our own veggies cos a trip around 'Countdown' really makes you whizz past the fruit and veg. Not worth buying ready meals either. a) there's little choice and b) they're expensive and c) you can throw stuff like that together yourself far more easily.

Customer service? never been trained properly so how are they gonna know? Us Brits should set up like the Chinese etc do and show them how things should be done.

No I didn't live on ready meals in the UK before you lot stick the knife in.

Buzzy Bee is right: all the good stuff is exported. I know I've picked fruit and veg here and we were told who we were picking for. Export or home market.

The UK maybe going to hell but it still has a few advantages left; it's not until you move overseas you realise what is there more or less 'on tap'. Greater range , greater quality, greater pride in what they put on the shelves.

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We do roughly what you do and grow our own veggies cos a trip around 'Countdown' really makes you whizz past the fruit and veg. Not worth buying ready meals either. a) there's little choice and b) they're expensive and c) you can throw stuff like that together yourself far more easily.

Customer service? never been trained properly so how are they gonna know? Us Brits should set up like the Chinese etc do and show them how things should be done.
he he good idea,
as for ready meals its weird that you can buy a curry cheaper from a curry house than from the freezer section in pak n starve
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Originally Posted by Rascal View Post
OZ supermarkets were a 'bit' of an improvement but not much. Prices about 10-20% lower than NZ (Brisbane).
Cant speak for rest of OZ though regards prices.
Hubbard & Mumo can tell you Sydney prices.
Both have lived in both countries.
Personally I found the UK to be the cheapest and by far the best.
I agree. I think the drought will have some impact though. The fruit and veg was also something I bought from the market/grocerer in Aus. LIke i've said before (sorry... ) some of the things experienced in Aus prepared me for my stint in NZ. It's just the way it is here. The locals don't know any different do they? They're used to growing their own or living off of McDonalds / Burger King / KFC / Subway. Not knocking any of them by the way before you all go mad on me. Suppose they've got their place but barring Subway I have never eaten at any of them but they are cheap.
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