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The Boat Shed and Cafe at Frank­ton ma­rina has one of the more en­vi­able lo­ca­tions for a cof­fee or a bite to eat in Queen­stown. Steeped in Wakatipu his­tory, its walls are hung with New Zealand Rail­ways me­mora­bilia, orig­i­nal fit­tings are in­cor­po­rated into the decor and its mar­itime his­tory is ev­i­dent and abun­dant. In­side a cosy en­trance­way there are a few ta­bles and lots of his­tory on the walls while lake­side there is a bright, airy din­ing room with great views of the ma­rina and Lake Wakatipu. Out­side on the deck is one of the best places to re­lax and en­joy a meal in town, pro­vided the sum­mer weather be­haves.


The Boat Shed opened in 2012 and our re­viewer was less than im­pressed with some of the ser­vice first time around. Restau­rants do need a bit of bed­ding-in to sort out any prob­lems and that seems to be the case. We were given a win­dow seat with a view and were looked af­ter through­out the meal. We thought the kitchen should have checked the burger be­fore send­ing it out though. It’s ca­sual din­ing and, un­usu­ally, pets are wel­come so if you’re out walk­ing the dog you can stop by for a cof­fee and a bite.


Very good. We or­dered hum­mus with oil and sour­dough bread ($6.50), lamb skew­ers (12) for ap­pe­tis­ers, chicken stuffed with chorizo and feta on creamy mash ($20), a veni­son burger with roasted chut­ney, ched­dar and salad in a brioche bun ($18) and for dessert a le­mon tart with fresh fruit ($12). The ap­pe­tis­ers were great, lots of flavour and a hint of spice. The lamb skew­ers, with le­mon cous­cous, were re­ally good, cooked per­fectly and very ten­der. The stand­out

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