Embark on a Food and Wine Adventure in Queenstown
Surrounded by dramatic mountains and glacial waters, Queenstown's views and the food are as unique as each other.
Queenstown is known for its cosmopolitan dining offerings, with enough boutique eateries and five-star dining options to impress even the most discerning foodies. But you don’t have to stray far to find relaxed Kiwi pubs serving fish and chips with craft beer, either.
Queenstown’s CBD is small, but packs a punch. Nestled around Lake Wakatipu, it boasts dozens of eateries specialising in cuisine from around the world, as well as quick bites, iconic burger joints and street food. After dinner, choose from laid-back wine bars, lakefront haunts and rooftop clubs to sip champagne at as you watch the last of the sun sparkle on the lake.
Queenstown's burgeoning craft beer scene boasts award-winning pilsners, pale ales and stouts brewed beneath the mountains, and quirky tap rooms from Gorge Road to Frankton, Gibbston to Arrowtown.
If you’re looking for something a little stronger, try Arrowtown's small-batch boutique gin, or, for something truly unique, Queenstown’s award-winning local sake.
Go for gold in Arrowtown
This historic gold mining town is just 25 minutes’ drive from Queenstown. Here, stone miners' cottages and historic buildings house lively pubs and fantastical sweet shops.
Soak up the small town charm and sample everything from down-to-earth Kiwi fare to sensational tapas and cocktails. You might even stumble upon Arrowtown’s best hidden gem: a popular local bar tucked behind a little blue door.
Gibbston: the wine lover’s dream
Just 25-minutes' drive from downtown Queenstown, picturesque Gibbston is home to award-winning pinot noir producers, boutique accommodation and fantastic restaurants. Take a shuttle, guided wine tour or hire a bike and explore the vineyards by cycle trail.
The Gibbston River Wine Trail, part of the wider Queenstown
Trail, is a great way to explore the wineries in the valley and take in some of Queenstown’s best scenery along the way.