Our go-to guide for food and wine lovers in Queenstown
Queenstown’s epic scenery has long given it a reputation as an adrenaline junkies paradise. However, there remains a much more relaxing way to enjoy the awe-inspiring surrounds on offer here: over a glass of wine or an indulgent dinner! Home to several fine dining restaurants, cute cafes as well a very famous burger eatery (with queues out the doors!), Queenstown is also found just a 40-minute drive away from the Central Otago wine region – home to 200 vineyards – making it the ideal spot for food and wine lovers alike. There are a range of Queenstown wine trail tours on offer, however for those of you wishing to stay in the town centre, we’ve rounded up the best establishments to sample the top wines and must-try food in Queenstown. Prepare your palates!
A gorgeous garden complete with a historic cottage that has been lovingly restored, sets a beautiful scene for a coffee and breakfast date or for a shared long lunch over wine with friends. There’s a certain charm about this special little spot, and the wine and food are equally as excellent. The menu centres on seasonal local produce and is best enjoyed with a glass of well respected Akura wine. The doors are also open until 5pm so theres no need to rush.
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Big on flavour and never one to disappoint; award-winning chef Josh Emmett’s Madam Woo offers sensational authentic Malaysian hawker food. Their crispy ‘hawker rolls’ have somewhat of a cult following, and there’s no shortage of variety on the fresh and fun menu. From soups, wok dishes, curries and sweets such as Portuguese custard tarts and the famed ‘roti donut’, you’re sure to leave very full and with no regrets!
Blending award-winning wines with delicious eats and unique experiences such as wine tasting in New Zealand’s largest wine cave, is what Gibbston Valley is all about. Enjoy a private tour of Home Block, the region’s oldest vineyard, and catch a glimpse of the winemakers in action. The seasonal restaurant menu is prepared by Head Chef Anthony Gradiska, and features a carefully curated selection of dishes, each with ingredients that reflect local flavours. Of course, these are best served with an expertly-matched Gibbston valley wine.
This gorgeous café is well known for its wholesome approach, with a menu comprising of numerous gluten free, vegan and raw options all speaking to health and well being. Dabble in an array of goodies to fuel your southern adventures with the ‘breakfast board’; packed with poached eggs, avocado mash, sourdough toast, a chia pot with pineapple coconut whip and a daily greens shot to top it all off! If you’re partial to something delectably sweet then the cinnamon pancakes complete with caramelised fruit, raspberry chia and other treats have your name on them! It’s not hard to see why Bespoke Kitchen took out the 2015 New Zealand Café of the Year title!
Enjoying an idyllic setting overlooking Lake Hayes, Amisfield is famous for its exquisite cuisine and stunning winery. As a specialist maker of both pinot noir and perfectly aromatic white wines this is one of our favourite places for wine tasting in Queenstown. And here you can also treat yourself and try the ‘trust the chef’ menu for a guaranteed tastebud sensation!
This list wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of the legendary Fergburger. It is regarded as one of the best places to eat in Queenstown. Some even go so far as to say, you haven’t truly visited Queenstown until you’ve consumed a Fergburger. These mouth-watering bad boys create a queue out the door, and have been dubbed by many as the best burgers in the world. Get yourself a burger and a sweet treat from Fergbaker next door, and head down to the lake to devour whilst gazing out upon unbeatable scenery.
Sitting pretty at the waters edge of Lake Wakatipu and serving up an incredible cocktail menu, as well as fresh and seasonal eats, The Lodge Bar is something special! Park up at sunset and enjoy some of the best sundowners Queenstown has to offer, in one of the most beautiful and pristine settings of the natural world!
Your one stop shop for donuts and bagels – Balls and Bangles offers up seriously mouth-watering treats and eats! You can expect hand-made donuts (balls), which are works of art in their own right, and bagels (bangles) filled with all sorts of savoury delights! Stop by and tempt your sweet tooth or grab some premium roasted coffee.
Settle into the comfortable sofas for tapas and specialty cocktails next to the cosy fireplace at Eichardt’s Bar. This is an iconic Queenstown establishment and a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Make the most of the welcoming and stylish environment and book yourself and a loved one in for a meal overlooking the lake, with a glass or two of Champagne Bollinger as you watch the world go by, and the colours change over the lake and mountain setting… bliss!
Established in 2004, the original family owned Remarkable Sweet Shop is nestled in the historic mountain village of Arrowtown. World famous in New Zealand for their extensive and delicious range of sweets, fudge, nougat and chocolates as well as charming service, the shop sets the bench mark for sweet treats. You can’t come to Queenstown without at least trying a couple of pieces of their fudge!
With one undeniably epic backdrop, Jack’s Point Restaurant is surrounded by mountain ranges, lakes and a championship golf course. Their menu is aimed to reflect the environment and the different seasons experienced. There’s an extensive wine list featuring the best of Central Otago, and an interesting selection from other regions. There’s also local craft beers on tap and a great range of non-alcoholic beverages. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, as well as for dinner on Friday evenings, its a beautifully unique dining location.
Queenstown Holiday Homes To Inspire…
6 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $385
Lake Views on De La Mare is a 3 bedroom Queenstown holiday apartment. With stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and modern finishings throughout the home, this is a great stay for any group or family looking for their next southern lakes escape! Grab a vino, head out to the sundeck and take in the amazing lake and surrounding mountain range vista. The skiers/snowboarders of the group will be happy to hear they’re only 35 minutes from the famous Remarkables Ski Field, and the home also features a purpose built ski cupboard. The home also happens to be just a 5 minute drive from central Queenstown, where you can find an abundance of incredible restaurants, cafes, bars and adventure activities!
7 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $325
Positioned just a 15 minute walk to town, and a 4 minute walk to the lake, Alpine Retreat is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Wanaka holiday house. This modern, spacious haven is a fantastic option for your designer Wanaka stay! Tastefully appointed open plan living creates the perfect environment to stay toasty next to the fire, with ample room to relax and unwind in comfort. The open plan kitchen with breakfast bar is perfect for family brunches, or head out onto the patio for BBQ’s with breath-taking alpine views!