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 food is high-class comfort food starring local produce such…
Top Choice Cafe in Christchurch

Supreme Supreme

With so much to love, where to start? Perhaps with a kimchi Bloody Mary, a chocolate-fish milkshake, or maybe just an exceptional espresso alongside ancient-grain muesli or pulled corn-beef hash. One of NZ's origina…
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. American doughnuts and raspberry chees…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Lyttelton

Roots

Let chef/owner Giulio Sturla take you on a magical mystery tour via degustation menus championing all things local and seasonal. Individual dishes are revealed and described as they arrive at the table, and can be a…
Top Choice Burmese in Christchurch

Bodhi Tree

Bodhi Tree has been wowing locals with the nuanced flavours of Burmese cuisine for more than a decade. Its feel-good food comes in sharing-sized dishes and sings with zing. Standouts include le pet thoke (pickled te…
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 – quite possibly one of the planet's best locations for a cafe. Tuck into bagels with local salmon, or fresh…
Top Choice Pub Food in Banks Peninsula

Hilltop Tavern

Killer views, craft beer, proper wood-fired pizzas and a pool table. Occasional live music seals the deal for locals and visitors alike at this historic pub. Enjoy grandstand views of Akaroa harbour backdropped by t…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Christchurch

Twenty Seven Steps

Upstairs on the Edwardian New Regent St strip, the pared-back interior of this elegant restaurant puts the focus firmly on a menu showcasing local produce. Mainstays include modern renditions of lamb, beef, venison …
Top Choice Cafe in Twizel

Shawty’s

The town centre's social hub and hottest meal ticket serves up big breakfasts, gourmet pizzas ($18 to $20) and fancy lamb racks as the sun goes down. A considerate kids' menu, cocktails, alfresco dining and live mus…
Top Choice Bistro in Methven

Dubliner

This authentically 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.