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Top Choice Italian in Wanaka

Francesca’s Italian Kitchen

Ebullient expat Francesca has brought the big flavours and easy conviviality of an authentic Italian family trattoria to Wanaka in the form of this stylish and perennially busy eatery. Even simple things such as piz…
Top Choice Bakery in Queenstown

Fergbaker

Fergburger's sweeter sister bakes all manner of tempting treats – and although most things look tasty with 3am beer goggles on, it withstands the daylight test admirably. Goodies include meat pies, filled rolls, dan…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Queenstown

Vesta

Showcasing really cool NZ-made art and craft, Vesta is full of interesting prints, paintings, glass art and gifts. It's housed in Williams Cottage (1864), Queenstown’s oldest home. It's worth visiting just to check …
Bar in Queenstown

Atlas Beer Cafe

Perched at the end of Steamer Wharf, this pint-sized bar specialises in beers from Dunedin's Emerson's Brewery, Queenstown's Altitude and regular guest brews from further afield. It's also one of the best places in …
Modern NZ in Queenstown

Rata

After gaining Michelin stars for restaurants in London, New York and LA, chef-owner Josh Emett has brought his exceptional but surprisingly unflashy cooking back home in the form of this upmarket but informal back-l…
Museum in Wanaka

National Transport & Toy Museum

Small armies of Smurfs, Star Wars figurines and Barbie dolls share billing with dozens of classic cars and a mysteriously acquired MiG jet fighter in this vast collection, which fills four giant hangers near the air…
Tapas in Arrowtown

La Rumbla

Tucked behind the post office, this little gem does a brilliant job of bringing the bold flavours and late-dining habits of Spain to sleepy little Arrowtown. Local produce is showcased in tasty bites such as lamb me…
Cafe in Arrowtown

Chop Shop

Perhaps the tables are a little tightly packed and the staff a tad too chirpy, but we're splitting hairs. This place is uniformly fabulous – from the internationally inspired menu (pork dumplings, Turkish eggs, smok…
Modern NZ in Queenstown

Blue Kanu

Disproving the rule that all tiki houses are inherently tacky, Blue Kanu somehow manages to be not just tasteful but stylish. The menu meshes robust Māori, Pasifika and Asian flavours with local ingredients to come …
Bar in Arrowtown

Blue Door

Hidden away behind a tricky-to-find blue door, this cool little bar has a formidable wine list and enough rustic ambience to keep you entertained for the evening. Low ceilings, an open fire and abundant candles crea…