Neighbourhood Guide: Vibrant Foodie Finds In Queenstown, New Zealand
Enjoy a glorious garden lunch at a winery surrounded by the rolling splendour of Bannockburn. Akarua offers exquisite wine pairings such as free-farmed confit pork belly, salted crackling, pumpkin & cinnamon purée, jus to go with their fruity RUA Pinot Noir 2018.
Lesser known than lamb, venison is among the top meats farmed in the country. No better place for an introductory dish than at Rātā— Chef Josh Emery’s outpost that honours Southern New Zealand cooking. Pamu venison loin served with bok choy, onion purée, & rhubarb was deliciously crusted—not unlike your favourite filet of beef—absolutely tender without a hint of gaminess.
Chur Fish & Chips
A small joint with nary a table to sit on, the tireless team behind the fryer at Chur Fish and Chips cooks outstanding fish and chips worth a second trip. The salt & pepper squid is likewise not to be missed.
With a line that never seems to dissipate at any given hour of the day— Fergburger is a certified Queenstown institution. Open 21 hours a day, the Ferg Deluxe (Prime New Zealand beef, streaky bacon, cheddar cheese, sweet dill pickle, lettuce, tomato, red onion, aioli, & tomato relish) is ample sustenance after a late night out with your friends.
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The Fork and Tap
A nicely shaded beer garden behind a historic 1875 building housing the main bar, The Fork and Tap in equally historic Arrowtown is the best place to go for hearty food and a pint. The Carolina havoc pulled pork sandwich with Harvard honey ale is just that perfect match.
As the name may imply— Botswana Butchery is much more than just steaks and red meat. They also have a wide variety of fresh seafood and game on hand. This handsome restaurant located in historic Archer’s Cottage is ideal for a dinner date or to take the family for a fancy meal. The Confit Southland hare risotto is a choice dish that will go splendidly with a chilled bottle from any of the wineries nearby.
Operated by warm Chilean couple Guillermo & Carla; Gattos Churros' dulce de leche churros make a delightful snack after a restorative afternoon at Earnslaw Park.
The Boat Shed Café & Bistro
Go on a reinvigorating morning bike ride by the lake on Frankton trail and be rewarded with breakfast at The Boat Shed Café & Bistro. Housed in a structure dating back to 1869, you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee with your Blueberry french toast with honey & thyme mascarpone while you stare at the calm waters outside.
Savour a luscious chocolate-dipped banana split flavoured cone at Patagonia’s flagship store on Beach St. with the remarkable view of Lake Wakatipu as your cherry on the sundae.
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