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Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Queenstown

By Viator, March 2018

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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.

Tours & Tickets

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Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Restaurant, Queenstown, null
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Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Restaurant

4.5 star rating: Recommended 399 Reviews

Take in Queenstown's stunning lake and mountain views over lunch or dinner at Queenstown Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar. A scenic gondola ride will take you ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.95
Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch, Queenstown, Dining Experiences
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Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 Reviews

A return scenic cruise from Queenstown Bay, across stunning Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on our vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, a farm tour ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $72.73
Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown, Queenstown, Dining Experiences
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Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 64 Reviews

Experience the beauty of Central Otago, its fine wines, rich gold history and welcoming people. This Central Otago wine tour from Queenstown will take you into ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $137.85
Twilight Wine and Craft Beer Tour, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Twilight Wine and Craft Beer Tour

If you're looking for something fun and and a little bit different to do in the afternoon in Queenstown that will send your taste buds into a spin, then look ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $117.07
Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown, Queenstown, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 58 Reviews

Get a taste of New Zealand farm life with dinner at Walter Peak Country Farm. Start your evening cruising along the calm waters of Lake Wakatipu from ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.44
Full-Day Premium Queenstown Wine Tour, Queenstown, Dining Experiences
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Full-Day Premium Queenstown Wine Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover the diverse wines of Central Otago on this full-day wine tour from Queenstown. Travel through the Bannockburn, Cromwell, and at different times Wanaka ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.83
Zipline with Wine Tasting Combo Tour from Queenstown, Queenstown, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Zipline with Wine Tasting Combo Tour from Queenstown

Zip in the morning and sip in the afternoon Pick up option from base of gondola for the wine tour (at 1pm) See splendid alpine scenery Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 6 to 8 hrs

From USD $193.95
Wine and Food Sampler Tour from Queenstown, Queenstown, Ziplines
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Wine and Food Sampler Tour from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Enjoy a 4-hour wine and food experience that delivers an unforgettable taste of Central Otago’s wine region, showcasing its superb local produce. The winery ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.92
Wine and Cheese Tasting in Queenstown, Queenstown, Food Tours
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Wine and Cheese Tasting in Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

The world's largest tasting of New Zealand's best wines is right in the centre of Queenstown. At The Winery you get your own pre-loaded Wine Tasting Card and ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $40.87
Wine Sampler Tour, Queenstown, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Wine Sampler Tour

Altitude Tours boasts a fleet of luxury Mercedes Vans ensuring optimum style and comfort during your Wine Sampler Tour.  Combining the latest in ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.14

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