Impressive Lake Wakatipu dominates the central Queenstown landscape, making it easy to find a restaurant with a view. Head to Steamer Wharf for a selection of restaurants with prime views of the lake and boats coming and going from the jetty. A few famous chefs have set up shop in Queenstown including Josh Emmett, the Michelin-star chef and MasterChef NZ judge at Rata and Madam Woo. Discover where to find the best places to dine in Queenstown
Finding coffee in Queenstown
Caffeine-lovers rejoice. New Zealand takes its coffee extremely seriously. If you’re looking for an exceptional coffee in Queenstown to get the day started right, there is no shortage of independent cafés serving up the finest flat whites, marvellous macchiatos and everything in between. Locals head to long-time favourites like Vudu Café & Larder and Bespoke Kitchen or healthy favourites like Yonder and Big Fig. For a picturesque option out of central Queenstown, head to the Boat Shed Café on Frankton Road.
Finding nightlife in Queenstown
And when the sun sets behind the snow-capped peaks, Queenstown’s many restaurants and bars come alive. There are probably too many late-night bars and nightclubs in Queenstown to mention here but we’re sure you will find something to suit your style. Whether it’s a stunning rooftop bar for sundowners, fancy cocktails and dancing or a cozy fireside couch to enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir, it’s all on offer in Queenstown.
Chilly Central Otago nights create the perfect conditions for producing Pinot Noir grapes. If you’re keen to sample world-class wines, you’ve come to the right place with plenty of cellar doors, winery tours and vineyard restaurants on offer close to Queenstown. Gibbston Valley, also known as the “valley of the vines” is a 20-minute drive from Queenstown and is home to some of the biggest names in Pinot. Close to Queenstown, Akarua Wines and Kitchen is one of the area’s hottest wine and dine experiences. Just make sure you book ahead.