From Steak to Seafood, 5 of Queenstown’s Most Iconic Foodie Restaurants

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In Queenstown, the culinary scene is as diverse and captivating as the landscapes that surround it. From sophisticated fine dining to relaxed lakeside eateries, the city offers a smorgasbord of culinary adventures to satisfy every palate.

Here’s our edit of the quintessential dining experiences in Queenstown, from the old haunts to the new hot spots.

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Photo: The Bunker

The Bunker

Nestled in a snug, charming cottage that’s seen its fair share of history, The Bunker is one of those hidden gems where you instantly feel at home. They’re all about keeping it local, using ingredients that are sourced right around the corner and even foraged from the surrounding area. It’s like the seasons themselves are in charge of the menu. Their wine list is like a love letter to Central Otago, showcasing the best flavours this region has to offer.

Oh, and about that historic cottage—rumour has it, it’s seen everything from the gold rushes to movie nights. So, while you’re savouring your meal, you’re also soaking up a bit of Queenstown’s past.

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Photo: La Rumbla

La Rumbla, Arrowtown

While La Rumbla is technically not in Queenstown, it’s only a 15-minute drive and well worth the trip through those magnificent mountains. Born from a passion for Spanish, Latin American, and Mediterranean flavours, it’s the kind of place where you can gather with friends and share plates that are bursting with local goodness. Think Fiordland octopus and seafood paella with a treasure trove of scallops, prawns, and mussels.

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Photo: Botswana Butchery

Botswana Butchery

Picture a historic building oozing with charm but with a menu that’s anything but old-fashioned. They’ve taken New Zealand’s eclectic flavours and turned them into something extraordinary. Their steaks are legendary, but don’t let that steal the spotlight from their seafood options, especially the South Island salmon. It’s an icon and a must-visit at least once.

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Photo: Rata

Rata Dining

Rata Dining is a culinary masterpiece crafted by none other than the celebrity chef extraordinaire Josh Emett. The stylish yet delightfully rustic decor sets the mood for the evening. The menu is set and changes every single day, depending on what’s fresh and in-season. It’s like a delicious surprise every time you visit.

They preserve, ferment, and dehydrate right in-house. Why? To make sure you get a taste of Southland’s finest flavours no matter when you drop by. If you consider yourself a foodie, be sure not to miss this gem.

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Photo: Boardwalk


You can’t beat Boardwalk if you’re after a meal with a view. It sits on Steamer Wharf, and the view across Lake Wakatipu is downright distracting. You might find it a bit tough to focus on the menu with those jaw-dropping views. The food is a mix of seafood, meats, and all sorts of local goodness. If you’re not committed to a meal, there’s a bar menu that’s all about sipping and savouring while you soak in those epic views.

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