The Foodie Guide to Queenstown

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The Queenstown Food Guide

Queenstown might be the “Adventure Capital”, but it could well be the “Foodie Capital” too. Surrounded by gorgeous vineyards and home to talented artisans, brewers, winemakers, local and international chefs, Queenstown offers a great deal of food-related experiences for travellers. Whether you’re looking to indulge in a cruise with gourmet cuisine as the destination or simply try out the town’s street eats, there’s plenty of options to suit foodies with all budgets. We go through the food activities, the restaurants, the self-catering accommodation and hotels with fantastic restaurants in this complete foodie guide to Queenstown!

10 Things to Do in Queenstown for Foodies

  • Do a tour of the Gibbston Valley wineries
  • Do a craft brewery tour
  • Cruise and indulge in a gourmet barbecue at Walter Peak
  • Ride the Skyline Gondola to an all-you-can-eat-buffet
  • Check out some of the town’s street eats
  • Spend the evening at a fine dining restaurant
  • Go on a progressive dinner tour
  • Browse the local farmers’ market
  • Try a famous oversized burger
  • Go out for dessert

For more information on each activity, check out 10 Things to Do in Queenstown for Foodies.

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Foodie Activities in Queenstown

Queenstown is not just about the restaurants (which we’ll get onto that later), it’s about experiencing the food through hands-on experiences. Here are some of our top foodie picks in Queenstown…

Meals with a View

Combine food, a cruise, history and Kiwi farming life on the Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch experience. Depart from Queenstown on the historic steamship, the TSS Earnslaw on a scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu. You’ll arrive at Walter Peak High Country Farm to dig into a barbecue lunch of Central Otago cuisine at the homestead. Day-trippers also get treated to a sheep shearing demonstration or a sheepdog demonstration. Find out more about the trip on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Get unbeatable views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain ranges from atop the Skyline Gondola. Dine at the Stratosphere Restaurant for an all-you-can-eat four-course buffet lunch or a six-course buffet dinner of local specialities, like prime meat and seafood, and a range of crowd-pleasers. The tiered seating arrangement ensures every diner gets a good view. Check out the Skyline Gondola’s buffet experience on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Winery & Brewery Tours

Did you know that Queenstown is part of a wine region? Explore the Gibbston Valley wineries that follow the scenic Kawarau River on one of the many tours offered in the region. Ride to the wineries yourself on a self-guided tour with Around the Basin Bike Tours (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) or join a small-group tour with Queenstown Wine Trail (on Viator and Tripadvisor), which also includes a traditional New Zealand-style lunch and cheese tastings. Learn more about the wineries and vineyards in the 10 Wonderful Wineries in Queenstown.

As well as wine, Queenstown is also home to a small craft beer community. Visit some of the local craft breweries and microbreweries with free beer tastings with Hop On Beer Tours. The tour takes you through the scenic Gibbston Valley and includes lunch with specially-matched beer. You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes tour at some breweries to learn how they make the good stuff. Find out more on Viator and Tripadvisor.

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Best Restaurants in Queenstown

The restaurant scene is almost as buzzing as the tourist activities available in Queenstown. In fact, choosing a place to eat is almost overwhelming. We’ll make things a little easier with some fine dining and cheap eat recommendations!

Fine Dining in Queenstown

For a more “upmarket” foodie experience, check out some of the fine dining establishments scattered across Queenstown and the surrounding area. For town centre fine dining, enjoy the rustic ambience and Kiwi cuisine of The Bunker. This back-alley restaurant offers intimate dining beside a crackling log fire. Try The Bunker’s game meats, red meats and local specialities, as well as wine or a cocktail off their extensive drinks menu. Later into the evening, the bar transforms into a late-night venue playing house music.

For those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of town, make a special trip to the Amisfield Winery & Bistro. The winery specialises in all things Otago, from its award-winning Central Otago wines to food made with only local and seasonal ingredients. We recommend the surprises in store on the “Trust the Chef” degustation menu… And that’s really just the beginning. See our 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Queenstown for more recommendations.

Cheap Eats in Queenstown

Queenstown might have a reputation for being expensive, but it doesn’t have to be thanks to the array of the more affordable eateries and street eats available. Head to the food trucks, such as Eriks Fish & Chips on Earl Street for NZ$10 Kiwi fish, chips and soft drink meal deal. The Empanada Kitchen on Beach Street is also well worth trying for their gourmet empanadas for around NZ$5.50 each! The grill restaurant, Flame on Beach Street, also has a NZ$10 lunch deal, while New Zealand-style savoury pies are available at Fergbaker on Shotover Street.

Check out much more recommendations in the Cheap Eats in Queenstown.

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Alternative Things to Do in Queenstown

There’s more to do in Queenstown than just eating! Be sure to complement your stay with some of the non-foodie experiences. Here are a few suggestions!

Other Things to Do in Queenstown

And the list seriously goes on and on… Get more information in our 10 Queenstown Must-Dos.


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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