Historic Eateries to Delight All Senses
Delight your eyes and indulge in delicious food at eateries housed in some of the region's most beautiful historic buildings.
The discovery of gold in Central Otago’s Arrow River brought people from all over the world to Queenstown from 1862, and fortunately many of the architecture from those early days is still standing. Some of the historic buildings these days cleverly house unique world-class eateries. Here are a few to sample while soaking up the area’s history.
Eichardt's Private Hotel
One of the first two Europeans to settle Queenstown, William Gilbert Rees, would not believe what the Lake Wakatipu lakefront where he built his homestead and woolshed in 1859 looks like today. When the gold rush took off, Rees cleverly converted his woolshed into a hotel, the Queens Arms, which these days is the luxurious Eichardt’s Private Hotel. If you’re not staying here you can still experience the hotel by popping into its bar, which has been serving food and drinks since 1867. Sink back into comfortable sofas in front of the cosy fireplace and let staff spoil you with treats from chef Will Eaglesfield’s excellent menu.
Another iconic spot on the Queenstown Bay lakefront is The Bathhouse, housed in a former Victorian bathhouse dating from 1911. With only eight tables, this is a special place indeed to enjoy a meal, either cafe-style during the day, or more formal at night with uninterrupted views of Lake Wakatipu and its surrounding mountains unfolded before you.