Fuel the whole family before hitting Queenstown’s walking and cycle trails with a hearty breakfast, or digest the day’s triumphs over an après ski dinner.

Queenstown’s award-winning cafes and restaurants are famous for their fresh, seasonal menus, which showcase Central Otago’s signature fare. Many items on these menus are made from scratch daily, highlighting the quality and nutritional value of the local food.

Local pubs offer plenty of character to go with generous portions and children’s menus, which are often accompanied by colouring pencils and pictures to keep the young ones entertained while they wait for their meals. 

Queenstown’s al fresco dining options are as varied as its stunning views. Choose a table outside in one of the local eateries or go on a family expedition to find the perfect spot for lunch. With a plethora of picnic spots, from the lake front in Queenstown and Kingston to rivers in Arrowtown and Glenorchy, families are simply spoiled for choice.  

Public playgrounds also make great picnic spots and many also feature a café close by where you can relax as you watch the children play. You can find one right on the lake front in the centre of town and many more in suburbs all over the district.

Self-catering a packed lunch for the day’s adventure, or for a family picnic by a spectacular lake or river is easy. Queenstown has many supermarkets and grocery stores to choose from, all within a convenient driving distance wherever you are based.

The ethnic choices are plentiful, reflecting the diverse international community that gives Queenstown its cosmopolitan vibe. Takeaway menus range from fish and chips, pizza and burgers to tacos, dumplings and curries. Many places will also deliver for a small fee, saving you a trip with tired children.  

There is something for even the fussiest eater in Queenstown to match your family’s budget and taste buds.