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.
- 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.