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. Redcliff Café & Bar

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    If you want to try some of the good food that's produced in this area, Redcliff is the place to go. Even the atmosphere is true South at this...Read More

  • 2. Agave

    $$$ | Mexican

    Hidden down a small alleyway, Agave keeps the menu basic, with a focus on execution. The blue cod tacos nicely incorporate New Zealand seafood...Read More

  • 3. Burt.Ritos

    $$ | Mexican

    Burt.Ritos offers a local twist on food cart culture, with an American chef who quit a restaurant to operate out of a vintage trailer in the...Read More

  • 4. Cafe Mondo

    $$ | Café

    Tucked into a sheltered courtyard off the main street, this is the place for refreshing, eclectic cold drinks like the Mondo Combo, a blend...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Sasanoki Japanese Kitchen

    $$ | Japanese

    It's cheating to say this is the best Japanese place in Wanaka as it's the only one ... but this take-out eatery really is a big hit among the...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Pesto

    $$ | Italian

    This casual eatery makes great pizza and pasta. If you want a drink in a really nice, comfortable bar, duck across the alley and poke your nose...Read More

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