Our top Queenstown CBD lunch picks
With so many great restaurants, it’s a tough call to pick the best places to lunch in Queenstown. But we’ve given it a go. These local favourites combine great ingredients with friendly service and cracking views out over Lake Whakatipu and the Remarkables.
Ivy & Lola’s Kitchen & Bar
Open for brunch till late, Ivy & Lola’s is a bit of a local institution, so be prepared to book. Their brunch/lunch menu starts with brunch classics, before galloping gleefully off into global territory with goodies like chicken and waffles, potsticker dumplings and bao buns.
Another local lovely perched up the hill on Isle Street, Bespoke Kitchen serves up hearty healthy grub with a side of views. Try their breakfast plate for an orange & apple cider elixir shot, stone fruit & berry chia pot and whipped feta, tomato & basil, avocado bruschetta.
Fancy a flawless bistro on the lakefront? Hotfoot it to Botswana Butchery for a warm welcome and impeccable food in a cosy historic cottage with a roaring fire in winter. Bistro classics like French onion soup and steak sandwich sit alongside wild goat curry and West Coast whitebait.
Grab & go at Fergburger or Fergbaker
No Queenstown lunch guide would be complete without honourable mention of the Ferg empire. Grab a monster classic Ferg with cheese from Fergburger, or take the pie road with a venison and portabello mushroom pie from Fergbaker. Queenstown beach is calling.
Fergburger. Credit @lizzysburgeradventures from Instagram
Frankton lunch spots
Whether you arrive at Queenstown airport starving, or you’re heading out on a walk and need a picnic, Frankton is full of delicious lunch options.
Frank’s Eatery and Pantry by Franks
Franks Eatery is a bit of a find. Their menu has delights like chilli hot smoked salmon, a green omelette, and brioche French toast. Or head by their baby sister, Pantry by Frank’s to choose from their delightful cabinet selection or order a picnic hamper for lunch on the go.
Taste & Savour Café
A real hidden gem, Taste & Savour has a sunny sheltered terrace overlooking the Shotover River and views of the mountains. A simple brunch menu has classic favourites, and some surprises, like a fabulously retro coronation chicken salad, and the chef’s waffle du jour.
Taco Medic Frankton
Can you say local icon? Queenstown’s much-loved craft taqueria has a Frankton branch, so you can grab some Taco Medic action on your way out of town. Brilliant for groups with varied dietary requirements, these fresh, delicious tacos are the best you’ll find this side of the Pacific.
Arrowtown lunch picks
No holiday in Queenstown’s complete without a trip to Arrowtown for lunch. Here’s our top pick for places to lunch under Arrowtown’s historic oak trees.
The Chop Shop Food Merchants
Open for brunch and lunch, The Chop Shop is hidden upstairs above Arrowtown’s main street. Think ricotta hotcakes, Turkish eggs, nasi goreng, and crispy beef cheek curry all served up with great coffee and a small but perfectly formed wine list.
Provisions is set in an old gold miner's cottage, fitted out with vintage cottage charm. Sit in the garden under the apricot tree and tuck into one of their delicious breakfast baps, duck fried rice, or slow-roasted lamb flatbread. Pick up one of their famous sticky buns to go. You won’t regret it.
Akarua Wines and Kitchen by Artisan
Set in a historic cottage near Arrowtown, relax in this delightful eatery’s garden and enjoy a glass of wine from their vineyard. Open for breakfast and lunch, their menu includes shared plates, platters and sumptuous desserts.
Gibbston wine region lunch spots
Looking for the best Queenstown winery lunch? Look no longer. We’ve got you sorted for lunch among the vines.
This relaxed bistro, with tables outside in a sunny courtyard, serves up exciting dishes like grilled octopus, wild goat rack, and grilled Cromwell peaches with bulgar wheat and goats cheese, paired with wines from five local wineries. Woodfired pizzas are also up for grabs.
Mt Rosa Winery
The simple tasting room menu at Mt Rosa offers a choice of platters. Pick local cured meats, smoked salmon, or a selection of local cheeses, including New Balfour Pecorino, Nevis Maasdam, Kawarau Blue, Wakatipu White Brie, with accompaniments.
Cargo Cellar Door
Cargo Brewery in Gibbston is in a converted church near the Kawarau River. Enjoy a tasty lineup of small plates, platters and woodfired pizzas matched with a flight of Cargo beers, then play cricket or croquet on their expansive lawns.
Exploring at the head of the lake? You won’t go hungry with this lineup of lovely lunch options.
Kinloch Wilderness Retreat
Tasty home cooking in a spectacular setting at the head of Lake Whakatipu. Try Kinloch Wilderness Retreat’s gamekeeper’s platter with wild rabbit terrine, their vegan buddha bowl, or their all days eggs and bacon, with eggs from the lodge’s own chickens.
The Trading Post
A low-key lunch stop in Glenorchy, The Trading Post sell great coffee and simple food, with toasties, slices, smoothies, and an excellent carrot cake. They bake their own gluten-free bread. Load up and head outside to sit on sheepskin covered benches and soak up the view.
A gastropub menu that has all the classics and an outdoor area with a wonderful view. The rib and wings platter is infamous for defeating all but the biggest appetites. The hotel is known for excellent steak and venison, and rumour has it their mince and cheese pies are not to be missed.
Kinloch Wilderness Retreat
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