The Top Cheap Eats in Queenstown

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Where to Find Cheap Food in Queenstown

The tourist hotspot of Queenstown is widely known for being kind of expensive. But when it comes to food, you don’t have to break the bank. We know the best way to save money on food is to cook for yourself in your hostel – we have heaps of cooking tips and tricks for hostels in our Travel Recipes and Food sections – but sometimes you want a break from battling in the kitchen for the best knives and frying pans! We get it! Sometimes you just want to treat yourself to eating out. We’ll help you with that by listing some of the cheap eats in Queenstown!

From over-sized burgers that everyone knows about to the cheap backpacker bar deals, we’ll list all the cheap food deals in Queenstown that we know about! Find some of the hidden gems of culinary delights in Queenstown, as well as which restaurants and bars have deals.

For more things to do in Queenstown, check out The Guide to Queenstown on a Budget. Plus, find a place to stay in The 50 Best Accommodations in Queenstown. In the meantime, let’s go over the best Queenstown food experiences on a budget.

5 Foodie Experiences in Queenstown

There are many ways to go beyond the best restaurants in Queenstown on a budget and experience food in Queenstown on a whole new level. A way of combining hunger-beating and activities in Queenstown is to go on a foodie experience! Here are some food-related activities you can do in Queenstown.

  • Take a tour of the Queenstown wine region either with a tour company or rent a bike and cycle around the Gibbston Valley
  • Taste some craft beer at Smiths Craft Beer House, Shotover Street
  • Choose from some local produce at the Remarkable Market at The Red Barn, The Remarkables Park, every Saturday from 9am to 2pm
  • Do some free fudge tastings at The Remarkable Sweet Shop, 39 Beach Street
  • Go on a fishing charter on Lake Wakatipu and bring back dinner!

For more details on these experiences and more, see the 10 Things to Do in Queenstown for Foodies.

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Cheap Eats in Queenstown – $10 and Under

Backpacker Food Deals in Queenstown

Stay at Nomads Queenstown and you are entitled to a free entree/main meal for $3 every night at their partner bar. Loco Cantina, Shotover Street, always has some affordable deals going on like 2-for-1 tacos on Tuesdays (and the tacos are only $5) plus, $5 enchiladas!

Cheap Hangover Cures in Queenstown

The perfect hangover cure can be found at Red Rock, 48 Camp Street, with a $10 all-day breakfast. Another great hangover option is on the $10 lunch option at Flame, Beach Street, for meat-lovers. Also, before the hangover kicks in, head to Fergbaker, Shotover Street, which is open till late serving a selection of savoury pies for under $5. Lastly, bangers (sausages) and mash are served in the Pig & Whistle for a measly $9.50. Then before you start all over again, have some cheap bar snacks during Fat Badger’s, Camp Street, appetiser happy hour between 3pm-5pm with delights such as $4 chips and aioli, 50c hot wings and more!

Cheap Pizzas in Queenstown

Every night from 8-9.30pm, grab yourself a reasonably-sized pizza from the Searle Lane bar, 15 Church Street, in Queenstown for $4. Or if you need a slice of pizza during the day, get a large slice from Slice Pizza, Shotover Street, for just $2! The snack-sized pizzas at Hell, Searle Lane, is only $9.

Street Food in Queenstown

Pick up a Kiwi classic with a $10 fish, chips and soft drink meal deal available at Eriks Fish & Chips, Earl Street. The Empanada Kitchen on Beach Street sells, well, empanadas for $5.50 each!

Cheap and Healthy Lunch Options in Queenstown

If you are looking more for cafe food, try St Pierre Sushi, Cnr State Highway 1 & Grand Road, for their $6-$10 Sushi Lunch packs between. A healthier lunch can be found at Hikari, Beach Street offers large sushi pieces at around $1.70 each making you pretty full by the time you reach $10. Ask at Lord Of The Fries, Brecon Street, about their large portion of sweet potato fries for only $9, it’s much healthier (and tastier) than classic fries. There are also some healthy options on the Wild Thyme $10 lunch menu in SKYCITY, Beach Street.

Fast Food in Queenstown

There’s fast food in Queenstown too! Pick up a $5 pizza from Domino’s,19 Shotover Street, or there are plenty of deals under $10 in KFC, 27 Camp Street. There is also a McDonald’s in the food court of the O’Connells shopping centre. For more fast food, head to Frankton for McDonald’s, 1063 Frankton Road, and Burger King, 1092 Frankton Road.

Cheap eats tip: keep an eye out for local meal deals in the Queenstown Weekly Bulletin which can be found in most liquor and convenience stores around town.

Why not pair your cheap eats with 15 Free or Cheap Things to Do in Queenstown?

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Cheap Eats in Queenstown – $11-$20

Lunch deals you can’t miss in Queenstown

Let’s start with our favourite places to eat in Queenstown for lunch. Crazy for Thai food? Choose from the $12 takeaway box menu on offer at @Thai, Church Street. Or pick up a reasonably-priced pita for $15 from Pita Pit, Mall Street. Also down Mall Street, you can get a $15 burrito from Caribe Latin Kitchen.

Gourmet Burgers and Pizzas in Queenstown

Gourmet burgers seem to be a thing in Queenstown. If you want to jump on the bandwagon, head to Fergburger, Shotover Street, with a selection of over-sized burgers between $10-$17. Alternatively, there is Devil Burger on Church Street offering more choice in regular and large options in the $10-$19 price range. More gourmet delights can be found at Hamills in The Remarkables Park with their half prices pizza night every Wednesday. With weird and wonderful pizza toppings usually costing around $23 for a medium, you’re bound to pick up a good pizza for around $11.

Dinner Deals in Queenstown

Looking for the best restaurants in Queenstown on a budget? 1867, Ballarat Street, might be famous for serving the cheapest beers in town, but their weekday meal deals (usually after 5pm) is a good drawcard too, including: Monday’s 20% off all mains, Tuesday’s $15 dinner menu, Wednesday’s $20 steak, fries, salad and drink, Thursday’s chicken, fries, coleslaw and drink, and Friday’s $10 burger and fries. Treat yourself to an Indian feast at The Spice Room, Shotover Street, of curry, rice, naan and popadoms for $20 between 5pm-7pm.

Don’t forget to check out the Guide to Queenstown Nightlife.

More Cheap Eats in Queenstown

Now that you are satisfied that you are going to be well-fed in Queenstown without spending too much money, here are more things to do, places to stay and more things that will keep the costs in Queenstown to a minimum.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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