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Top Choice Bar in Queenstown

Atlas Beer Cafe

There are usually around 20 beers on tap at this pint-sized lakefront bar, headlined by brews from Dunedin's Emerson's Brewery and Queenstown's Altitude. There are tasting paddles (with tasting notes) with four beer…
Top Choice Cafe in Arrowtown

Chop Shop

Perhaps the tables are a little tightly packed, and the open kitchen does take up half the space, but we're splitting hairs. This place is uniformly fabulous (and uniformly popular) – from the internationally inspir…
Top Choice Tapas in Wanaka

Kika

The baby sister to Francesca's has grown up fast, vaulting within just a year of opening to become the only Wanaka eatery named among New Zealand's top 100 restaurants in 2017. It's a Mediterranean mix of modern Ita…
Top Choice Museum in Wanaka

National Transport & Toy Museum

Mixing Smurfs with Studebakers and Skidoos (and an authentic MiG jet fighter flown by the Polish Air Force) is this completely eclectic and absorbing collection of more than 60,000 items. Suitably, it's as jumbled a…
Top Choice 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 good selection of counter food, beautifully presented cooked options, a range of outside…
Top Choice Italian in Wanaka

Francesca’s Italian Kitchen

Pretty much the matriarch of Wanaka eateries, the perennially busy and cavernous Francesca's has the big flavours and easy conviviality of an authentic Italian family trattoria. Even simple things such as pizza, pas…
Top Choice Bar in Arrowtown

Blue Door

The only indications that you've arrived are the unmarked blue doors – push them open and it's like stepping into a prohibition-era speakeasy. The cool little bar has a formidable wine list and enough rustic ambienc…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Queenstown

Smiths Craft Beer House

It's back to basics in everything but the taps, with bare concrete floors and industrial tables and chairs, but up to 20 creative craft beers on tap. The folks behind the bar will chat brews as long as you'll listen…
Top Choice Modern 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 of…
Top Choice Bar in Queenstown

Zephyr

Queenstown's coolest indie rock bar is located – as all such places should be – in a dark, grungy, concrete-floored space off a back lane. There's a popular pool table and live bands on Wednesday nights. Beer comes …