Top ChoiceCafe in Papatowai & Around

Whistling Frog

Colourful and fun, the Frog is the best dining option in the Catlins, offering craft beer on tap and crowd-pleasing meals, often garnished with flowers from the garden. We're talking seafood chowder, wood-fired...

Top ChoiceModern NZ in Stewart Island (Rakiura)

Church Hill

Top-notch nosh is prepared at this friendly restaurant, making use of home-grown veggies, house-made pasta and Stewart Island/Rakiara seafood, such as mussels, crayfish and salmon. Dishes like paua ravioli,...

Top ChoiceInternational in Arrowtown

Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door

Put yourself in the very capable hands of the kitchen wizards at this stylish vineyard bistro; simply inform the waiters of any dietary restrictions or aversions you might have and strap yourself in for whatever...

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 ChoiceMarket in Christchurch

Riverside Market

Central Christchurch's new essential destination for travelling foodies is this superb multi-level market combining fresh produce stalls with opportunities for eating and drinking. Many of Christchurch's most...

Top ChoiceItalian in Arrowtown

Aosta

Everything at this elegant restaurant is designed to be shared, from the cicchetti (Venetian-style bar snacks) to the pasta and substantial secondi (mains). Highlights include crayfish dumplings, wild thar...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Moeraki

Fleur’s Place

There's a rumble-tumble look about it, but this tin-and-timber fishing hut houses one of the South Island's best – and most popular – seafood restaurants. The straightforward, scribble-covered decor mirrors the...

Top ChoiceCafe 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...

Top ChoiceAsian in Franz Josef Glacier

SnakeBite Brewery

SnakeBite's flavour-packed meals awaken taste buds after their long slumber through the West Coast's lamb-and-whitebait menus. Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, Chinese and Japanese dishes all feature, along with...

Top ChoiceBistro in Christchurch

5th Street

Global influences punctuate the shared plates menu at this recent opening south of the city centre. The honey- and chipotle-fired chicken goes well with beers from Christchurch's Three Boys Brewery, while the...

Top ChoiceBistro in Christchurch

Earl

Mediterranean flavours are presented with flair in Earl's spacious dining room. Combine slow-cooked lamb and smoked yoghurt with a quinoa salad or mix it up from the shared plates menu including charcuterie,...

Top ChoiceAsian in Nelson

Harry's Hawker House

Step into a dimly lit room imbued with the glamour of old Shanghai and order a Singapore-style cocktail before delving into a menu filled with delectable dishes inspired by the street food of China and Southeast...

Top ChoiceModern NZ in Timaru

Oxford

This sophisticated corner restaurant honours its 1925 building with stylish monochrome decor and a feature wall commemorating the day Timaru went bust. The menu offers high-class comfort food, starring local...

Top ChoiceCafe in Invercargill

Batch

Large shared tables, a relaxed beachy ambience, and top-notch coffee and smoothies give this cafe its reputation as Southland's best. Delicious counter food includes bagels, generously crammed rolls, cheese...

Top ChoiceBakery in Fairlie

Fairlie Bakehouse

Famous for miles around and the top-ranking reason to stop in Fairlie, this superb bakery turns out exceptional pies, including the legendary salmon and bacon. The ultimate steak pie with cheese and mushroom is...

Top ChoiceModern NZ in Invercargill

Louie’s

Part tapas and cocktail bar, part chic fusion eatery, Louie's is a great place to while away an evening snuggled into a sofa or a fireside nook. The seasonally changing menu veers from creative tapas (venison...

Top ChoiceSandwiches in Hokitika

Hokitika Sandwich Company

To say this hip place is serious about sandwiches is an understatement. Everything's made to order and served on chunky slices of freshly baked bread, generously loaded with the best locally sourced goodies:...

Top ChoiceCafe in Fox Glacier

Matheson Cafe

At the start of the Lake Matheson Track, this cafe does everything right: sharp architecture that maximises mountain views, strong coffee, craft beers and upmarket fare. Bratwurst breakfasts are a good prelude to...

Top ChoiceItalian in Oamaru

Cucina

The most sophisticated kitchen in Ōamaru serves superb seasonal food in a heritage dining room painted black and filled with plants. Try dishes like 55-day-aged rib-eye with smoked pommes Anna, broccolini and...

Top ChoiceInternational in Arrowtown

Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan

This joint venture between Akarua Winery and Queenstown caterers Artisan features a restaurant inside a cottage originally built as offices for a flour mill, and a cellar door in a shipping container. The most...