One of the many delights of Arrowtown is what a fantastic destination it is for foodies. From a sticky bun in the sunny garden of a historic miner’s cottage, to a three hat feast served under the stars by one of New Zealand’s most celebrated chefs, Arrowtown is a food lover’s delight.

Favourite Arrowtown cafés

Run on coffee? Think brunch is the finest meal of the day? You’ll love Arrowtown cafés. We may be biased, but it’s possible Arrowtown has the cutest cafés in New Zealand. You can’t go past this delightful trio of local favourites.

Provisions of Arrowtown. An adorable café set in a historic miner's cottage in the heart of the village. If it’s sunny, head through to the garden where you can sit under fruit trees. Open for breakfast and lunch, their all-day menu combines brunch classics like eggs benedict and brioche French toast with salads, fried rice and flatbreads. The sticky buns are iconic.

The Chop Shop Food Merchants. Hidden away upstairs on Arrow Lane, don’t miss this tasty wee gem. An eclectic Asian fusion menu heaving with big flavours. The line-up changes often, but favourites include the Turkish eggs, nasi goreng, and corn fritters, all served up with excellent coffee. 

Postmaster’s Kitchen + Bar. Another charming eatery in one of Arrowtown’s picturesque historic cottages. It’s got the works, horse-hitching post, white picket fence, log fire, and wisteria looping around the veranda. The all-day menu ranges from breakfast crumble and mince on toast for brunch, to burgers and seafood chowder. Also good for coffee and cake.

Chop Shop Food Merchants, ArrowtownProvisions of Arrowtown

Top Arrowtown restaurants

If you’re in town for dinner you’re in for a treat. Arrowtown punches way above its size when it comes to dining, with a line up of restaurants any capital city would be proud to claim, and a strong international influence. We recommend booking in advance.

Aosta. This bustling space serves up superb Northern Italian food, small plates, impeccable pastas, hearty mains, and some exquisite dolci. With ingredients like Bannockburn olive oil, Stewart Island pāua, and Fiordland venison, Italian flair meets South Island flavour.

Next door, family friendly new kid on the block Little Aosta offers sourdough wood fired pizzette, woodfired meatballs and salsicce, along with hearty mains, and carafes of red wine.

La Rumbla. Tapas and cocktail on the main street of Arrowtown = a whole lot of fun. The owners returned from living in Spain, missed the buzz of Mediterranean nightlife, and decided to open their own little corner of Catalonia right here. Expect big flavours with Latin American and Mediterranean influences and the freshest local ingredients.  

Mantra. Creative Indian cuisine in a stylish setting. The menu is a different beast to your local takeaway with delights like beetroot tikka, goat biryani, coconut poached prawns, and saffron fish tikka. Service is delightful, and it’s a firm favourites with locals, who tell us it’s one of the best Indian restaurants in the Queenstown region.

Aosta Arrowtown, shot by Isabella Rubie PhotographyAosta, Arrowtown

Wineries with great food near Arrowtown

When it comes to food and wine pairing, you can’t go past a winery restaurant. Arrowtown is only a 15 minute drive from Gibbston, the valley of the vines and local wine region. But before you head off on a wine tasting adventure, there are two local cellar doors with spectacular restaurants just a five minute drive from Arrowtown and known for their incredible food offering .

Amisfield Winery & Bistro. With a kitchen captained by celebrated chef Vaughan Mabee, Amisfield is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s finest winery restaurants. Explore their degustation menu, a bar menu for wine tasting, along with takeaway options to enjoy Amisfield at home. Book their outdoor conservatory for a private dining experience to remember.

Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan. A restaurant and cellar door in a historic cottage. Enjoy an alfresco wine tasting accompanied by small plates in the beautiful gardens or book a table for breakfast or lunch. Brunch goodies like smoked salmon hash cake and coconut cinnamon porridge with poached quince make way for shared plates of Central Otago lamb shoulder and Mount Cook alpine salmon.

Amisfield Pork Belly. Amisfield Winery & Bistro

Arrowtown’s best pubs & bars

After a day exploring Arrowtown or hiking the surrounding hills, a well-earned drink is in order. Arrowtown has no shortage of excellent gastro pubs where you can sip Central Otago wines and local craft ales and order up plates of delicious food to keep them company.

The Fork & Tap. A great place to taste NZ craft beers with 19 beers and ciders on tap. Delightful at any time of the year with a large sunny garden, and a cosy historic interior with a roaring fire and regular live music. It lives up to its gastropub reputation with sharing platters, seasonal mains, and pizzas, all with a focus on wild locally foraged meats and ingredients.

Bendix Stables. These 1873 stables are now a welcoming gastropub with a beer garden and an open fire. Share small plates like baked Whitestone camembert and fennel and fig salad, tuck into a pork belly burger, or order up from the grill, with delectable duck fat potatoes on the side.

Smithy’s Smoke House. Located in nearby Millbrook Resort, this bar in an 1800s smokehouse and blacksmith’s shop offers pizzas, burgers, craft beers, wines, and whisky. Pull up a chair around the open fire pits set by the old mill pond and enjoy a nightcap gazing up at the stars.

MTB Apres at the Fork & Tap, ArrowtownThe Fork & Tap, Arrowtown

Getting to Arrowtown

If you plan to enjoy a few drinks in Arrowtown, hop on the regular Orbus service from Queenstown. Take the blue route from Arthurs Point to Arrowtown for only $2 with an Orbus Go Card. Check the Orbus schedule here. If you drive, there’s parking by the river reserve.

Make a day of it and enjoy Arrowtown’s sophisticated shopping scene, the many heritage activities, or take to the hills and explore Arrowtown on foot.