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. Discover Milford Information Centre

    $$ | Café

    Formerly the only pub in town, the Discover Milford Information Centre is the only place in Milford Sound to buy a coffee, snacks, and counter...Read More

  • 2. Ivy & Lola's Kitchen & Bar

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Feast your eyes on a collection of relics from the 1940s to '60s, right down to the mismatched crockery and enjoy good food, great service,...Read More

  • 3. Joe's Garage

    $$ | Café

    There are now 10 outposts around New Zealand, but Queenstown is where the Joe's Garage concept began—good coffee in a laid-back, friendly spot...Read More

  • 4. Kai Whakapai

    $$ | Eclectic

    This is a good place to sit shoulder to shoulder with the locals for breakfast on a crisp sunny morning with tables outside. It's just across...Read More

  • 5. Pier 19 Restaurant

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    This bright and breezy eatery beside the lake on Steamer Wharf has picture-postcard views. In summer, if you don't mind being on display, sit...Read More

  • 6. Poppies Cafe

    $$$$ | Café

    For years Poppies has been turning out good food in Twizel. Meat, seafood, pizza, and pasta are complemented by organic produce from the garden...Read More

  • 7. Provisions

    $$ | Café

    With a welcoming atmosphere and lovely garden Provisions is a delightful place to have breakfast or lunch. The blackboard menu is enticing and...Read More

  • 8. Reflections Cafe and Restaurant

    $$$ | New Zealand

    Great views of the lake are visible from almost every table at this rather rustically decorated restaurant. The menu is hearty, if not a little...Read More

  • 9. Relishes Café

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    You could hit this lakeside spot for every meal of the day, starting with the bacon or salmon eggs Benedict or check the counter food for something...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. The Boat Shed Cafe & Bistro

    $$ | Café

    This charming historic wooden building in the Frankton Marina used to be the New Zealand Railways Shipping Office and is right beside the lake...Read More

  • 12. The Old Mountaineers Cafe, Bar & Restaurant

    $$$ | Café

    This cozy, very personable café/restaurant has big picture windows for grand views of the outside and all sorts of interesting mountaineering...Read More

  • 13. Vudu Cafe

    $$ | Café

    This Queenstown institution is so popular it's opened a second venue, so if you can't get in to the main café try its "mini-me" version (Vudu...Read More

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