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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 Queenstown

Bespoke Kitchen

Occupying a light-filled corner site near the gondola, Bespoke delivers everything you'd expect of a smart Kiwi cafe. There's a good selection of counter food, beautifully presented cooked options, a range of outsid…
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


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 …
Top Choice Photography in Queenstown

Romer Gallery

Stunning gallery of large-format, perspex-finished NZ landscapes from renowned Queenstown-based photographer Stephan Romer. Images are up to $15,000 a pop, but they display a rare beauty.
Lake in Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu

Shaped like a cartoon lightning bolt, Lake Wakatipu is NZ's third-largest lake. It reaches a depth of 379m, meaning the lake bed actually sits below sea level. Five rivers flow into it but only one (the Kawarau) flo…
Park in Queenstown

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, an ice-skating rink, skate par…
Bakery in Queenstown


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 (venison a…
Cafe in Queenstown


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