Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Papatowai & Around

Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar

Colourful and fun, the Frog is the best dining option in the Catlins, offering craft beer on tap and crowd-pleasing meals, often garnished with flowers from the garden. We're talking seafood chowder, wood-fired pizz…
Top Choice Cafe in Invercargill

Batch

Large, shared tables, a relaxed beachy ambience, and top-notch coffee and smoothies give this cafe its reputation as Southland's best. Delicious counter food includes bagels, generously crammed rolls, cheese scones …
Top Choice Modern NZ in Invercargill

Louie’s

Part tapas and cocktail bar, part chic fusion eatery, Louie's is a great place to while away an evening, snuggled into a sofa or a fireside nook. The seasonally changing menu veers from creative tapas (venison tacos…
Top Choice South American in Te Anau

Kepler's

Mountains of crayfish, mouth-watering ceviche and perfectly seared steaks are whisked to tables at this efficient but friendly family-run place. South American flair permeates the menu (quinoa-crusted orange roughy,…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Riverton

Beach House

Looking over Taramea Bay, Beach House is a stylish, comfortable cafe famous for seafood, especially its creamy chowder studded with juicy mussels and hunks of salmon. On a sunny day with a warm breeze wafting off Fo…
Top Choice Cafe in Te Waewae & Colac Bays

Orepuki Beach Cafe

What's this? A beacon of gastronomic hope, beaming out good vibes and delicious aromas along a desolate stretch of highway? This chipper cafe has soups, samosas, risottos and a rack of homemade cakes. Bigger feeds, …
Top Choice Cafe in Te Anau

Sandfly Cafe

As popular with locals as travellers, Sandfly serves the town's best espresso alongside breakfasts, light meals of pasta or club sandwiches, and an impressive rack of sweet treats from caramel slices to berry friand…
Gastropub in Invercargill

Buster Crabb

A heritage building and quirky backstory lift Buster Crabb above the ordinary. Named after a British navy frogman who was supposedly spirited away to join MI6, this sleek gastropub does a good line of lunchtime sala…
Modern NZ in Te Anau

Redcliff Cafe

Housed in a replica settler’s cottage, relaxed Redcliff offers well-executed locally sourced food amid nostalgic decor (think old photos and antique sewing machines). We liked the succulent slow-roasted pork and wil…
Cafe in Waikawa & Around

Niagara Falls

Located in a former Victorian schoolhouse, this excellent cafe puts the emphasis on local produce. Free-range eggs, Stewart Island salmon and tasty lamb burgers feature on the fulsome menu (usually with a serve of h…