When you reach the restaurant table, you'll have views of the snow-covered mountains and the beautiful lake. New Zealand duck dishes are brought in while tilting the flavorful full-bodied Pinot Noir. Inhale plenty of wine aromas reminiscent of cassis, licorice, raspberries and cherries and you'll feel like you're in heaven.
On the shores of the lake, there are gourmet restaurants such as Wai Waterfront, which serve discerning dishes made with carefully selected ingredients. Queenstown is not only accessible for its excellent materials, but also rich in outdoor adventures. There are many talented chefs and waiters who come to this town because they are attracted to such a privileged environment. Queenstown Resort College offers a course (Ki Tao) for those who want to improve their cooking classes during their stay.
A short drive northeast of Queenstown will take you to Gibbston, a wine region. Wineries such as Waitiri Creek offer tastings of carefully crafted wines. Others, such as Gibbston Valley Wines, also have restaurants. Enjoy a delicious meal outdoors in the summer and in front of a warm fireplace in the winter. Especially famous is Pinot Noir, but flavorful and light Riesling and accented Pinot Gris are also produced. To make the most of your limited time, take tours such as Appellation Central Wine Tours, Queenstown Wine Trails and It's Wine Time.
Further north, there is a picturesque village called Arrowtown. There are also restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy delicious meals. You can also buy exceptional ingredients such as fish and meat, hunting meat, fruits, nuts, cheese, olives, herbs and vegetables.
To the southwest of Queenstown is the Fiordland region. In this remote area with stunning pristine nature, there are several upscale lodges that take advantage of the landscape.
The lakeside town of Wanaka is a beautiful and idyllic resort. The restaurant with a view overlooking the lake has a casual atmosphere and offers a variety of menus. The award-winning restaurant, which serves first-class cuisine, is also extremely cozy.
Wanaka Beerworks offers daily factory tours. There is also a tasting room where you can sample some of the most acclaimed craft beers such as Viennese lager, dark beer and pilsner.
Founded in 1863, south of Wanaka, the Cardrona Hotel is a popular place to rest and dine. You can spend a relaxing time in the sunny courtyard in the summer and in the burning fireplace in the winter.
There is also a fine lodge around here, with stunning views as well as polite hospitality with carefully selected wines and gourmet meals. Typical examples are Aoturoa and Cardrona Terrace.
The basin around Cromwell is also a treasure trove of gourmet food. We have a large selection of ingredients that are useful for chefs, such as quality wines, wild thyme honey, saffron, blueberries, peaches, olives, walnuts and vegetables. Most producers are willing to accept tourist visits. Taking a farm or factory tour by the producer will also be an interesting experience.
Big Picture Wine Adventure is a fun attraction on the outskirts of Cromwell. With multimedia guidance, you can not only learn about the local wineries, but also taste the wines of each winery. There is also a corner that introduces aromas in detail and a restaurant.