It's very interesting to read your articles touring in NZ. I agreed that the breakfast in most European counties is BORING. It has been always bacon, sausages, eggs, bread, tomato, mushroom, cereal and milk. I missed having breakfast in Taiwan.
Last night, we invited a couple of friends back for dinner. We talked about breakfast in Asia. Our friend mentioned that it's very different (sometimes strange) having breakfast when he was in Shanghai. I guess it's all about how we were brought up. Our taste buds are very different after years and years' "training".
Your tour guide was right. The beer "Speights" does taste great (in my opinion). My colleagues in Australia kept asking me to bring them "Speights" from NZ. Another world famous brand is "Steinlager". Personally I don't like Steinlager and prefer "Tui". In recent years, I don't drink beers anymore. Red and white wine are my favourite.
NZ wine industry has been very successful globally in recent years. The one you didn't like is produced by Montana. Montana is a big wine producer in NZ and their products are considered "OK". I like some of their wine like "reisling" (some years are good, some are not), but not all their wines. Local wineries produce a lot of great wine. Hope you have chance to taste them next time you are in NZ.
NZ wine is considerably good in quality. We don't often see NZ wine in Taiwan because of the huge demand from US and Europe. Good NZ wine would have costed fortune to buy if they were available in Taiwan. Come to NZ, I could organise a winery trip.