Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island Restaurants

Dunedin has the area's highest concentration of good restaurants. Seafood is a big player, in part because of Dunedin's coastal location but also because of its proximity to Bluff, the home of New Zealand's great delicacy, the Bluff oysters. Many of the least-expensive options are café-like Asian restaurants; these tend to close
Dunedin has the area's highest concentration of good restaurants. Seafood is a big player, in part because of Dunedin's coastal location but also because of its proximity to Bluff, the home of New Zealand's great delicacy, the Bluff oysters. Many of the least-expensive
Dunedin has the area's highest concentration of good restaurants. Seafood is a big player, in part because of Dunedin's

Dunedin has the area's highest concentration of good restaurants. Seafood is a big player, in part because of Dunedin's coastal location but also because of its proximity to Bluff, the home of New Zealand's great delicacy, the Bluff oysters. Many of the least-expensive options are café-like Asian restaurants; these tend to close early, around 9 pm. Locals don't usually dress up or make reservations for anything other than the most exclusive establishments.

Invercargill has a more limited selection of mostly moderately priced restaurants. Stewart Island has a reasonable selection considering its location, but in winter some places limit their hours or close.

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  • 1. Bird on a Pear

    $$ | Halfmoon Bay | New Zealand

    Situated right in the thick of things on Halfmoon Bay Wharf, this popular café above the ferry terminal positively bustles from early morning...Read More

  • 2. Cabbage Tree

    $$$ | New Zealand

    A spacious room done in wood and brick offers a super-sized menu with more than 100 dishes. Popular choices are Stewart Island blue cod, lamb...Read More

  • 3. Kai Kart

    $ | New Zealand

    Come here for good old-fashioned fish-and-chips wrapped in a newspaper. There isn't an ounce of pretense in this cheerful little place between...Read More

  • 4. Plato Cafe

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    A favorite among locals, this waterfront eatery provides great food and excellent service. Everything from the bread and house-made duck liver...Read More

  • 5. Riverstone Kitchen

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    The mouthwatering menu focuses on organic, locally grown, seasonal produce, offering regional New Zealand cuisine with a few Asian accents ...Read More

  • 6. Salt Bar Restaurant

    $$$ | New Zealand

    In an iconic art deco building, this is the place to dine in St. Clair's, a leafy seaside neighborhood that follows a spectacular beach. Sate...Read More

  • 7. South Sea Hotel Restaurant

    $$ | New Zealand

    You can have a relaxed meal in the seaside restaurant or an even more relaxed meal in the bar at this popular local spot. Food such as local...Read More

  • 8. The Ale House Bar & Restaurant

    $$$ | New Zealand

    A rugged interior with heavy wood furniture, old brewing equipment, and a huge schist fireplace makes the Speight's brewery restaurant welcoming...Read More

  • 9. Ziff's Café and Bar

    $$ | New Zealand

    This enormously popular restaurant on the way to Oreti Beach (past the airport) is a local favorite. Ziff's does steak, blue cod, chicken, and...Read More

  • 10. Zookeepers

    $$ | New Zealand

    The slightly wacky animal theme and a loud color scheme have helped give this place a reputation of being fun and bustling. There are good brunch...Read More

  • 11. Bell Pepper Blues

    $$$ | New Zealand

    Inside a converted historic hotel, this casual restaurant with its mullioned bay windows and dark-wood interior is where Michael Coughlin, one...Read More

  • 12. Wharfside Café

    $$ | Halfmoon Bay | New Zealand

    Located upstairs in the ferry terminal, this café shudders and squeaks as boats dock. It is a perfect spot for grabbing coffee, breakfast, or...Read More

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