Our 12 Top Local Recommendations
For the Foodie
Breakfast/ Brunch Spots
14 Church Street, Queenstown
Located in the heart of Queenstown, Yonder offers large indoor and outdoor seating areas and a delicious breakfast menu offering items such as Banana & Hazelnut Praline Porridge, Corn & Jalapeno Fritters, Pork Benny, Poke, Kimichi & Nourish Bowls and to top it off great coffee.
Also open nights they do dinner and live music.
Arrow Lane, Arrowtown
Jump in your Jeep and take a short drive to Arrowtown, Chop Shop is not to be missed! Serving great coffee and an amazing menu it’s definitely worth a visit. During peak brunch time there can be a wait but put your name down if needed and go for a walk around charming Arrowtown. Trust us you won’t regret eating here.
9 Isle Street, Queenstown
Bespoke Kitchen’s menu focuses on health and well being, it offers up healthy and nutritious and where possible local food menu as well as a great cabinet selection of salads, chia puddings and raw desserts just to mention a few.
54 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown
Head back out to Arrowtown in the Jeep again for dinner - La Rumbla is a local favourite, serving up delicious shared spanish style plates and cocktails.
White & Wongs
59 Beach Street, Queenstown
White & Wongs is an asian fusion restaurant serving up delicious dumplings and everything you would hope for. As asian fusion lovers this is currently our go-to restaurant when we head out for dinner. We love the Edamame beans, Gua Bao - get there, try them and tell us we’re wrong!
17 Marine Parade, Queenstown
Offering amazing food, dessert, cocktails and wine - they have a private 1800 bottle cellar. They have a private bar area upstairs with a large open fire, you can get cosy and have a pre-dinner drink or few. By the way, save room for dessert and try the Creme Brulee - you won’t find better!
For the Relaxer
Salt Float Spa
53 Gorge Road, Queenstown
If you are looking for somewhere to relax and wind down, maybe if you’ve taken the Jeep up the mountain and need to rejuvenate your muscles - this is your place! If you haven’t floated before, try it here and if you have then you know how great it is and float here! (Mention us and get $20 off your float) They have extensively trained massage therapists (if you’re going to get a massage this is the place to do it! - honestly I promise this from experience.)
Level 1 Trenzseater Building,
313 Hawthorne Drive,
The locals go-to place for facials , skin care and appearance medicine, Ivy Skin Care will leave you not only feeling but looking amazing! Perhaps your partner is an adventure junkie and wants to spend the day up the mountain and you’re not? - Get into Ivy and refresh your skin with one their signature facials and walk out feeling like a million dollars ready to hit the town for a cocktail! The girls there will look after you - trust us!
Jack’s Point Club House
McAdam Drive, Jacks Point
Take a drive in the Jeep out to Jack’s Point. The Clubhouse serves up delicious food in a spacious environment with indoor and outdoor dining. Obviously hot chips are great but these guys do great hot chips! Surrounded by the Remarkables and looking out over their golf course this is a special spot favoured by locals when you want to avoid to hustle and bustle of town and it has plenty of car parking. (psst don’t tell everyone otherwise the car parking might not be so easy)
For the Wine Lover
Mt Difficulty Winery
73 Felton Road, Bannockburn
Located in Bannockburn (a comfortable 45 min drive in the Jeep). Here you can taste beautiful Central Otago Wines with the Bannockburn vineyards being the producers of our fav wines. In winter you can relax behind the glass in front of the fire and enjoy the view. Search on instagram their cheese plates (see… not disappointing)!! The meal options come with suggested wine pairings. This is a wonderful vineyard not to be missed - even if its a lil bit of a drive - take that Jeep out and let it show you how it goes on the open road!
265 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Rd, Lake Hayes
This is a relatively new Cellar Door to the area, not far from Lake Hayes Akarua winery is located just off the main road. Set in the historic Walnut Cottage originally built as the office for the Wakatipu Flour mill which served the district for over 70 years. One of Queenstown’s closer wineries this should be added to the “to do list” if you are a wino or a foodie! This is a family friendly winery - there is a cubby house and sand pit outside for the kids.
Wooing Tree Winery
64 Shorcut Road,Cromwell
This vineyard and winery is located in Cromwell. This is a truely family owned and run business. On the property there is a “Wooing Tree” this was a popular place for locals to woo their lovers back in the day. Get here and woo your lover or if you don’t have a lover swipe right and see what Cromwell has to offer! When visiting here soak up views of the surrounding mountains, see the famous Wooing Tree, enjoy the wines (especially the Blondie on a hot summers day) and indulge in a cheese platter. This is also a family friendly vineyard.