Con extraordinarios paisajes alpinos y un clima continental extremo, esta región es llamativa y cautivadora.
En un paisaje de montañas empinadas, ríos estruendosos y lagos profundos, los veranos calurosos y secos y los inviernos fríos y despejados han visto pasar la minería de oro, la ganadería de ovejas, luego, huertos frutales y, ahora, magníficos vinos.
From your table in the restaurant, you will be able to contemplate a large alpine lake at the foot of rugged snow-capped mountains. While you enjoy a full-bodied pinot noir, they bring you a New Zealand duck dish prepared in two ways. Inhale the warm aromas of cassis, licorice, raspberry and cherry emanating from the wine. This could be heaven.
Gourmet lakeside restaurants like the Wai Waterfront gather the finest ingredients and prepare them to perfection. Its outstanding chefs and service staff come to Queenstown drawn by the abundance of exceptional ingredients and the adventurous outdoor lifestyle.
If you love lamb, Roaring Megs Restaurant is the place for you. In case you want to improve your culinary skills while you are here, you can take cooking classes at Queenstown Resort College or Ki Tao cooking school.
A short drive northeast of Queenstown is the Gibbston Wine District. The friendly staff that man the tasting rooms at the wineries, such as Waitiri Creek Wines, will guide you through a tasting of wonderfully crafted wines. Vineyard restaurants like Gibbston Valley Wines offer cool al fresco dining in the summer and warm fireside settings for lunch in the winter.
In addition to the splendid Pinot Noir, among the specialties of this area are Riesling, with a light and intense character, and Pinot Gris, very aromatic and fresh. If you want to make the most of your time, contact the wine tour operators Appellation Central Wine Tours , Queenstown Wine Trail or It's Wine Time for a personalized tour.
Further north, the quaint historic town of Arrowtown offers a mouthwatering array of restaurants and cafes. You can also buy great local ingredients such as fish, meat, game, nuts, cheeses, olives, herbs, fruits and vegetables.
To the southwest of Queenstown, is Fiordland. This remote and pristine region of New Zealand is known for offering boutique cabin experiences that are as unforgettable as the landscape that surrounds them.
The lake town of Wanaka is charming and peaceful. Casual restaurants with stunning lake views offer a delicious variety of local and international dishes. Elegant and intimate dining settings can also be found in the award-winning rural restaurants on the outskirts of town.
La cervecería boutique Wanaka Beerworks ofrece tours diarios y una sala de degustación en la que podés probar las aclamadas lager de Viena, lager oscura y pilsener.
El histórico Hotel Cardrona, fundado en 1863, se encuentra al sur de Wanaka y es un sitio popular para detenerse a comer o tomar una bebida. Los visitantes disfrutan de las crepitantes chimeneas en invierno y del soleado jardín en los meses más cálidos.
Las cabañas boutique de lujo, como Aoturoa y Cardrona Terrace, ofrecen alojamientos aislados de primer nivel en hermosos paisajes, con la opción de disfrutar en el mismo lugar de comida gourmet y vinos locales cuidadosamente seleccionados.
The nearby Cromwell Basin includes renowned vineyards and producers of select foods. Thyme honey, saffron, blueberries, stone fruits, olives, nuts and fresh vegetables are just a few of the ingredients that local chefs have at their disposal. Most producers welcome visitors, and many of them offer informational tours.