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 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. La Rumbla

    $$$

    With the owners either cooking in the kitchen or out front making sure this is the best experience it can be, this is one of...Read More

  • 2. Fergburger

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

  • 3. Kai Whakapai

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    Just across the road from the lake, this is a great place to sit shoulder to shoulder with the locals for breakfast outside on a...Read More

  • 4. Kohan Japanese Restaurant

    $$$ | Village Center

    For nearly 30 years, Masato Itoh has run the only Japanese restaurant in town, combining fresh local ingredients with imported spices and seasoning to produce...Read More

  • 5. Relishes Café

    $$$$

    You could hit this lakeside spot for every meal of the day, starting with the bacon or salmon eggs Benedict or something house-made and delicious...Read More

  • 6. Sandfly Cafe

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    This is the perfect place to load up on coffee and a hearty breakfast before hitting the road to Milford Sound or Queenstown. It's a...Read More

  • 7. The Bathhouse

    $$$

    Built to commemorate the coronation of King George V, this early 1900s bathhouse on the beach now turns out breakfast, lunch, fresh scones, tapas, and...Read More

  • 8. The Chop Shop Food Merchants

    $$$

    The Chop Shop is tucked away in a back alley, and locals don't want you to know about it for fear they won't get a...Read More

  • 9. Vudu Cafe

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    You'll be fighting the locals for a breakfast seat at this Queenstown institution, thanks to its lakefront seating and delicious array of counter food. Eggs...Read More

  • 10. Winnie's

    $$$

    This is a long-standing local favorite restaurant and bar, with a winning combination of excellent pizza, pool tables, and beer. At night it becomes a...Read More

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