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. Kohan Japanese Restaurant

    $$$ | Village Center | Japanese

    For more than 20 years, Masato Itoh has run only Japanese restaurant in town, combining fresh local ingredients with imported spices and seasoning...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 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

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