Top ChoiceLake in Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu

Shaped like a cartoon lightning bolt, Lake Wakatipu is NZ's third-largest lake. It reaches a depth of 372m, meaning the lake bed actually sits below sea level. Five rivers flow into it but only one (the Kawarau)...

Top ChoiceBakery in Queenstown

Fergbaker

The sweeter sister of Fergburger bakes all manner of tempting treats – and though most things look tasty with 3am beer goggles on, it withstands the daylight test admirably. Goodies include inventive pies (such...

Top ChoiceCafe in Queenstown

Yonder

With a menu inspired by 'the things we've loved around our travels', this cafe brings to the table a cosmopolitan assortment of dishes: bacon butties, kimchi bowls, salmon poké bowls. There are power points and...

Top ChoiceModern NZ in Queenstown

Public Kitchen & Bar

You can't eat closer to the water than at this excellent lakefront eatery where local is law: Cardrona lamb, Fiordland wild venison, Geraldine pork, South Island fish. Grab a group and order a selection of plates...

Park in Queenstown

Queenstown Gardens

Queenstown Gardens

Set on its own tongue of land framing Queenstown Bay, this pretty park is the perfect city escape right within the city. Laid out in 1876, it features an 18-'hole' frisbee golf course, a skate park, lawn-bowls...

Japanese in Queenstown

Tatsumi

Since losing its original business in the Christchurch earthquakes, Tatsumi has brought its blend of traditional and modern Japanese 'tapas' to central Queenstown. The service is exemplary and the food...

International in Queenstown

Rātā

After gaining Michelin stars for restaurants in London, New York and LA, chef-owner Josh Emett now wields his exceptional but surprisingly unflashy cooking back home in this upmarket yet informal back-lane...

Fusion in Queenstown

Blue Kanu

Disproving the rule that all tiki houses are inherently tacky, Blue Kanu serves up a food style it calls 'Polynasian' – Fijian kokoda (raw fish with coconut and lime) in one hand, XO pork dumplings in the other....

Cafe in Queenstown

Vudu Cafe & Larder

At this ever-popular cafe, excellent home-style baking combines with great coffee and the sort of breakfasts that make bacon and eggs seem very passé – try the French-toast pudding. Admire the huge photo of a far...

Cafe in Queenstown

Bespoke Kitchen

Occupying a light-filled corner site near the gondola, Bespoke delivers everything you'd expect of a smart Kiwi cafe. It has a mouthwatering selection of counter food, beautifully presented cooked options,...

Craft Beer in Queenstown

Atlas Beer Cafe

There are usually 23 craft beers on tap at this pint-sized lakefront bar, headlined by brews from Dunedin's Emerson's Brewery and Queenstown's Altitude; pick four to sample on a tasting paddle. It also serves...

Latin American in Queenstown

Caribe Latin Kitchen

One of the Mall's more characterful and colourful restaurants, Caribe is a small nook dishing out quality tacos, quesadillas and burritos stuffed fuller than a piñata. The tiled decor plays to a Day of the Dead...

Arts & Crafts in Queenstown

Vesta

Arguably Queenstown's most interesting store, inside inarguably the town's oldest building; Vesta sells a collection of prints, jewellery and homeware as fascinating as the original wallpaper and warped-by-time...

Bar in Queenstown

Perky's

That hint of wobbliness you feel isn't the alcohol (yet), it's the fact that you're drinking on an old tour boat that's now permanently moored at the lakeshore. If you're feeling peckish, you're welcome to bring...

Cable Car in Queenstown

Skyline Gondola

Skyline Gondola

Hop aboard for fantastic views as the gondola squeezes through pine forest to its grandstand location 400m above Queenstown. At the top there's the inevitable cafe, restaurant, souvenir shop and observation deck,...

Italian in Queenstown

The Cow

Forget seasonal menus and daily specials; this tried-and-trusted Queenstown stalwart has been dishing up an unchanged menu of pizza and spaghetti for four decades. The reason it's thrived for so long is that...

Modern NZ in Queenstown

Sherwood

Despite being located at the heart of a faux-Tudor resort, this restaurant and bar is an unexpected oasis of cool that's well worth the 3km schlep from the town centre. Dishes are relatively simple but...

Modern NZ in Queenstown

Gantley’s

Gantley's French-influenced menu and highly regarded wine list justify the 7km journey from Queenstown. The atmospheric dining experience is showcased in a stone-and-timber building, built in 1863 as a wayside...

Tapas in Queenstown

Eichardt’s Bar

Elegant without being stuffy, the small bar attached to Eichardt's Private Hotel is a wonderful refuge from the buzz of the streets. The breakfast menu is full of interesting options (smashed edamame, chorizo...

Bird Sanctuary in Queenstown

Kiwi Birdlife Park

These 2 hectares are home to 10,000 native plants, geckos, skinks, tuatara (an endemic reptile) and scores of birds, including kiwi, kea (alpine parrots), kārearea (NZ falcons), kākāriki (parakeets) and the...