Kiwis spend up large eating out

shopping centre foodcourt mallKiwis are treating themselves during the colder months, with 95 per cent of New Zealanders dining out in the past six months, according to the latest research from Mastercard.

Mastercard surveyed nearly 500 New Zealanders about their dining habits from the past six months and their intentions for the next six months. 73 per cent of people chose to dine out at quick service restaurants four times a month, and spent an average of $31 New Zealand dollars per visit.

“New Zealand is well known for its great cuisine and variety of dining options, and Kiwis are continuing to enjoy their leisure time by going out for a meal. With the fast paced lifestyles Kiwis lead, it is understandable that many are opting for quick and convenient dining options,” said Peter Chisnall, country manager for Mastercard New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

Heading into the festive season, 16 per cent of New Zealanders think they will dine out more in the next six months.

Over a third visited a fine dining restaurant and spent an average of $129 per visit (35 per cent). The intention for fine dining is increasing with 8 per cent of people saying they plan to eat out at a more expensive restaurant in the next six months.

When dining out on special occasions, such as birthdays or anniversaries, 76 per cent of New Zealanders said they were likely to spend 35 per cent more than they would on a typical day.

Almost half of New Zealanders (46 per cent) check online reviews of a restaurant before choosing to dine there, and over a quarter (29 per cent) post comments or reviews about their experience on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Asking family or friends for a recommendation of where to go is just as popular (46 per cent).

“When making decisions about new places to try, New Zealanders equally trust online reviews as much as advice from family and friends. Kiwis are also sharing their dining experiences on social media – good and bad,” said Chisnall.

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