The Southern Alps and Fiordland Restaurants

Queenstown, as the main regional resort, has the widest range of restaurants. Throughout the area, menus focus on local produce, seafood, lamb, and venison. Wine lists often highlight South Island wines, especially those from Central Otago and Gibbston Valley. Cafés and restaurants driven by the summer tourist trade shorten thei
Queenstown, as the main regional resort, has the widest range of restaurants. Throughout the area, menus focus on local produce, seafood, lamb, and venison. Wine lists often highlight South Island wines, especially those from Central Otago and Gibbston Valley. Cafés and
Queenstown, as the main regional resort, has the widest range of restaurants. Throughout the area, menus focus on local

Queenstown, as the main regional resort, has the widest range of restaurants. Throughout the area, menus focus on local produce, seafood, lamb, and venison. Wine lists often highlight South Island wines, especially those from Central Otago and Gibbston Valley. Cafés and restaurants driven by the summer tourist trade shorten their hours in winter. Dress standards are generally relaxed, with jeans or khakis acceptable almost everywhere. At high-end places, particularly in Queenstown, you'll need to reserve a table at least a day in advance.

Outside of Queenstown and Wanaka dining options can be limited. In summer, meals of some sort are available almost everywhere, but outside the high season, there are fewer options in the smaller settlements and they don’t tend to stay open late.

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  • 1. Fergburger

    $ | Burger

    A Queenstown institution, the famous Fergburger gets mentioned in media around the world. It began life as a burger bar serving from a hole...Read More

  • 2. Sandfly Cafe

    $ | Café

    The Sandfly Cafe just may have the best coffee in town, and a hearty breakfast from bacon and eggs to delicious corn-and-coriander fritters...Read More

  • 3. Ardmore Street Food Company

    $ | New Zealand

    The owners of this fully licensed café have a breakfast menu as sophisticated and extensive as their dinner menu: try the salmon-and-kūmara...Read More

  • 4. Café Fe

    $ | Café

    Located a short drive up the Cardrona Valley Road, Café Fe (Fe as in Mt. Iron) has great views, comfortable seating inside and out (including...Read More

  • 5. Golden Elephant

    $ | Thai

    There are several Thai places in Queenstown, but the Golden Elephant is the best. Overlooking the lake, this BYOB eatery has authentic Thai...Read More

  • 6. Joe's Garage

    $ | Café

    Sitting above Blue Moon in the Mall, this branch of the Queenstown's café provides a sunny, quiet spot away from the tour-bus crowd. The menu...Read More

  • 7. Naff Caff

    $ | Café

    If all the adventure activities here have you racing, you can get a delicious breakfast egg-and-bacon panini to go here, along with some great...Read More

  • 8. Observatory Café

    $ | Café

    Despite the space-alien lava-lampy décor, this café offers down-to-earth food such as salads and fries, burgers, quiche, sandwiches, salmon...Read More

  • 9. The Grind

    $ | Café

    The Grind, on the outskirts of Queenstown in the Frankton Industrial Park, is a lovely place to enjoy views, brews, and fresh-baked goodies. ...Read More

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