Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Invercargill

Batch

Large, shared tables, a relaxed beachy ambience, and top-notch coffee and smoothies add up to this cafe being widely regarded as Southland's best. Delicious counter food includes bagels, sumptuously filled rolls, ba…
Top Choice Tapas in Invercargill

Louie’s

Proving that cool Invercargill isn't quite an oxymoron, this cosy tapas bar is a great place to while away an evening, snuggled into a sofa or a fireside nook. The menu veers from creative tapas (venison tacos, mutt…
Top Choice French in Invercargill

Elegance at 148 on Elles

Welcome to 1984, and we mean that in a completely affectionate way. Elegance is the sort of old-fashioned, upmarket, regional restaurant where the menu is vaguely French, vaguely British, and you can be guaranteed o…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Te Anau

Redcliff Cafe

Housed in a replica settler’s cottage, relaxed Redcliff offers generous fine-dining in a convivial atmosphere backed by sharp service. The predominantly locally sourced food is truly terrific: try the wild venison o…
Top Choice Fast Food in Te Anau

Miles Better Pies

The bumper selection includes venison, lamb and mint, and fruit pies. There are a few pavement tables, but sitting and munching beside the lake is nicer.
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 a crowd-pleasing menu. We're talking seafood chowder, gourmet burgers and a seriously rich steak, lager and aged-c…
Cafe in Invercargill

Seriously Good Chocolate Company

This sweet little cafe specialises in artisan chocolates (around $2 each), which can be nibbled alongside espresso, or spirited away in lovely gift boxes. Our seriously good recommendation is the ginger. And the har…
Cafe in Waikawa & Around

Niagara Falls

Located in a Victorian schoolhouse, this is a decent spot to linger over coffee and a scone, or to tuck into homemade meals. Tasty lamb burgers are sandwiched into freshly baked bread, and there's blue cod, chowder …
Cafe in Invercargill

Rocks

Tucked away in a shopping arcade, this family-style eatery offers a relaxed and fairly unchallenging dining experience. Lunch highlights include pork-belly open sandwiches, pastas and salads, while stars of the exte…
Modern NZ in Stewart Island

Church Hill Restaurant & Oyster Bar

During summer this heritage villa's sunny deck provides hilltop views, and in cooler months you can get cosy inside beside the open fire. Big on local seafood, highlights include oysters, crayfish and salmon, prepar…