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. Bistro Gentil

    $$$$ | French

    Indulge with a modern fine French meal in a quiet setting with lake and mountain views on the outskirts of Wanaka. Each meal begins with a...Read More

  • 2. Gantleys Restaurant

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    Built in 1863 as an inn for gold miners, this beautifully renovated old stone building, set in 2 acres of garden, is a nostalgic and romantic...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 7. The Bathhouse

    $$$ | Eclectic

    In the early 1900s this space was a Victorian bathhouse, right on the beach, built to commemorate the coronation of Britain's King George V...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

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