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Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Queenstown

Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Queenstown

Queenstown is best known for its electric nightlife, alpine scenery, and adrenaline-pumping activities, but the fun-loving city is also one of the best places on the South Island to sample New Zealand’s delicious cuisine and fine wines. Here are your options for food and wine tours in the area.

Must-Try Dishes and Wines

Queenstown’s restaurant scene has everything from trendy bistros and local cafés to elegant fine dining establishments, and the city’s culinary offerings are as cosmopolitan as its population. The local favorite is a roast dinner of lamb or pork with kumara (sweet potato), but you’ll also find excellent burgers, stonebaked pizzas, tacos, tapas, and sushi. Queenstown’s coastal location means abundant fresh fish and seafood, and menu staples include crayfish, bluff oysters, whitebait, and scallops. End your meal with a delicious pavlova (a dessert of meringue, berries, and cream).

Queenstown resides on the doorstep of the Central Otago wine region, and the Queenstown Wine Trail links some of New Zealand’s top wineries. The region is most famous for its pinot noir red wines, but other popular varietals include chardonnay, riesling, and sauvignon blanc.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm and enjoy a traditional New Zealand barbecue lunch accompanied by regional cheeses and wines.

  • Ride the Queenstown gondola and enjoy dinner with a view at the mountaintop Stratosfare Restaurant.

  • Cycle around the wineries, cellar doors, and vineyards of the Gibbston Valley on a self-guided bike tour.

  • Explore the Central Otago wine region on a full-day wine tasting tour and discover the boutique wineries of Gibbston, Bannockburn, and Cromwell.

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Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

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Board the TSS "Earnslaw," a vintage steamship, for an evening cruise on Queenstown’s scenic Lake Wakatipu. Arriving at Walter Peak High Country Farm, you’re treated to a sumptuous barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. Sink your teeth into roasted meats and seafood, homemade desserts, and a New Zealand cheeseboard. After dinner, see farm demonstrations or purchase a drink and simply relax in the bar.
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  • 4 hours
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Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine

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Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine

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Pair the fine wines of Central Otago with a gourmet lunch platter on this small-group wine-tasting tour from Queenstown. Visit at boutique wineries during your tour and drive through verdant valleys and vine-clad foothills rich in gold mining history. Numbers are limited to 12 people to ensure an intimate experience with other wine lovers.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Wine and Food Sampler Tour from Queenstown

Wine and Food Sampler Tour from Queenstown

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Sample the local produce for which New Zealand’s South Island is famous on this 4-hour wine and food tasting tour from Queenstown. Head into the rolling hills of Central Otago’s wine region with your guide. Enjoy a lunch of traditional New Zealand food and delicious wine in a local restaurant. Travel through the scenic Kawarau Gorge to Gibbston Valley Winery and explore the biggest underground wine cellars in New Zealand. Sample premium wines and cheeses, and gain insight into the different grape varietals which flourish in the region’s fertile soils.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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