Over the years Queenstown has become a bustling mountain town known for its great views and unbeatable adventures. And now, with more than 150 cafes, bars and restaurants in the region, you’re guaranteed a dining experience as impressive as the vista. From fine dining to hearty fuel, Queenstown embraces its multicultural influences with an international culinary offering. Here’s just some of what’s on the menu.
After a big day skiing or snowboarding on the slopes – or bungy jumping or ziplining or trekking – nothing hits the spot quite like a big plate of down-home US cuisine. With American-style dining options galore in Queenstown, there is plenty of places to get your fix of fried foods, hot dogs and, of course, big juicy burgers. If your itching to sink your teeth into a burger,try try the famous Fergburger or, head over to Devil Burger and strike up a conversation with a local to get the lowdown on Queenstown’s best burger joints.
For authentic Italian flavours – from homemade pasta to rustic regional dishes – head to Farelli’s Trattoria on Steamer Wharf. Winnies is a local legend, home to some of the biggest, most satisfying pizzas in town; far from fancy, this is a casual haunt that usually starts the parties that make Queenstown so famous at night. Fergburger’s sister outlet, Mrs Ferg Gelateria, does brilliant gelato, the perfect way to end a Queenstown day.
From hole-in-the-wall fresh sushi where locals head for lunch to fine diners, Queenstown is home to delicious Asian eateries for every palate. Madam Woo dishes up contemporary Asian-fusion offering a new take on traditional Malay hawker dishes – a great spot to do shared plates with friends. If you love sushi and sake, look no further than Tanoshi in Cow Lane, where the sashimi is as fresh as the powder on Queenstown’s ski slopes.
Polynesian influence is everywhere in New Zealand, and you can taste a little at Blue Kanu, where Polynesia and Asia collide in a style the restaurant owners call “Polynasian”. Expect a menu where Māori dishes like rēwana bun sit beside Fijian kokoda (raw fish salad) and Korean staples like bibimbap are created with wild Fiordland venison.
At its heart, modern New Zealand cuisine is all about the country’s incredible bounty of fresh produce, with a focus on seasonality and innovation. There are plenty of fabulous eateries in the Otago region where you can try mod NZ at its very best, and there are a couple of stand-outs in Queenstown. At Botswana Butchery, an atmospheric spot where log fires roar in the cooler months, fresh produce might include New Zealand green-lipped mussels, Southland rabbit and South Island whitebait. At Rātā, Michelin-starred chef Josh Emett creates innovative dishes where the best of New Zealand’s food stars: from Marlborough salmon and Cloudy Bay clams to Otago lamb.