Restaurants

Top Choice Modern NZ in Timaru

Oxford

This sophisticated corner restaurant honours its 1925 building with stylish monochrome decor and a feature wall commemorating the day Timaru went bust. The menu offers high-class comfort food, starring local produce…
Top Choice Cafe in Christchurch

Supreme Supreme

With so much to love, where to start? Perhaps with a cherry and pomegranate smoothie, a chocolate-fish milkshake or maybe just an exceptional espresso, alongside a fresh bagel, a goji bowl or even pulled corn-beef h…
Top Choice Food Hall in Christchurch

Little High Eatery

Can't decide whether you want sushi, pizza or Thai for dinner? At Little High, you won't have to choose – this stylish new food hall is home to eight different gourmet businesses, offering everything from dumplings …
Top Choice Bakery in Fairlie

Fairlie Bakehouse

Famous for miles around and probably the top-ranking reason to stop in Fairlie, this terrific little bakery turns out exceptional pies, including the legendary salmon and bacon. On the sweet side, American doughnuts…
Top Choice Cafe in Lake Tekapo

Astro Café

This glass-walled pavilion atop Mt John has spectacular 360-degree views across the entire Mackenzie Basin – it's quite possibly one of the planet's best locations for a cafe. Tuck into bagels with local salmon or f…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Lyttelton

Roots

Let chef-owner Giulio Sturla take you on a magical tasting tour with his renowned degustation menus, which champion all things local and seasonal. Dishes can also be accompanied by carefully paired wines, should you…
Top Choice Pub Food in Banks Peninsula

Hilltop Tavern

Craft beer, wood-fired pizzas, a pool table and occasional live bands seal the deal for locals and visitors alike at this historic pub. Enjoy stunning views of Akaroa harbour and the peninsula – especially at sunset…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Christchurch

Twenty Seven Steps

Overlooking the pastel-coloured New Regent St strip, this elegant restaurant showcases locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Mainstays include modern renditions of lamb, beef, venison and seafood, as well as outstan…
Top Choice Cafe in Twizel

Shawty’s

The town centre's social hub and hottest meal ticket serves up big breakfasts, gourmet pizzas and fancy lamb racks as the sun goes down. A considerate kids' menu, cocktails, al fresco dining and occasional live musi…
Top Choice Bistro in Methven

Dubliner

This atmospheric Irish bar and restaurant is housed in Methven's lovingly restored old post office. Great food includes pizza, Irish stew and other hearty fare suitable for washing down with a pint of craft beer.