Upper South Island and the West Coast Restaurants

In Marlborough visit a winery restaurant—there's no better way to ensure that your meal suits what you're drinking. Cloudy Bay clams are harvested here, salmon and Greenshell mussels are farmed in the Marlborough Sounds, and local crops—besides grapes—include cherries and garlic. In Kaikoura try crayfish. The region is named after this delicacy (In Māori, kai means "food" and koura means "lobster"). Nelson is also famous for seafood, in particular scallops, and for fresh produce and, yes, for wine. On the West Coast, try the local delicacy whitebait fritters—a sort of omelet filled with the whitebait—tiny, young eel-like fish netted at river mouths as they migrate upstream in late spring.

Some restaurants in more remote tourist regions close in winter (June through August); others may curtail their hours. In summer, all doors are open and it's best to make reservations. If a restaurant is open on a major holiday, it may add a surcharge to your bill.

Year-round, the restaurants and cafés around the glaciers and other remote spots can be quick to close their doors at night. Arrive by 8:30 (it's sometimes even earlier in winter) or you might go hungry. Some of the smallest towns, including Punakaiki, settlements in the Marlborough Sounds, and parts of Golden Bay, have few cafés and no general stores, so bring your own supplies.

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  • 1. DP1 Cafe

    $$ | Café

    Homey hospitality in this colorful, retro-style spot comes with house-cooked breakfasts (scrambled eggs are as good as you'll find anywhere...Read More

  • 2. Freddy's

    $$ | Café

    For a bright and breezy café stop, try this downtown favorite. They serve good coffee and all-day breakfast—their free-range eggs and a West...Read More

  • 3. Speight's Ale House

    $$$ | New Zealand

    This restored heritage building, once known as "The Brick House," indeed has a stately brick facade. It's one of Greymouth's original buildings...Read More

  • 4. Stationhouse Café

    $$$ | Eclectic

    You can come to beautiful Lake Brunner on a day drive from Greymouth, as part of a round-the-lake trip, or stop off the TranzAlpine train for...Read More

  • 5. 124 on Mackay

    $ | Café

    There's a light bistro menu as well as cabinet food like panini, quiche, and café-style baked goods; it's open most days. ...Read More

  • 6. Bridge Bar & Cafe

    $$$ | New Zealand

    Perched high on the edge of the rugged, wild Taramakau River, this restaurant and bar has blown into the area like a fresh blast off the Southern...Read More

  • 7. Jones's Cafe & Bar

    $$$ | Café

    This small, upbeat café will warm you up if it's raining outside—it'll warm you up even if it's not! There's a set menu and specials that change...Read More

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