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Guidebook for Queenstown

Catherine

Guidebook for Queenstown

Queenstown Food Scene
Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner - International style, home-cooked food with plenty of tasty options. Plus funky decor with vintage plates, radios & knick-knacks on the walls. Sit outside on a summer evening & enjoy the vibe!
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Ivy & Lola's Kitchen & Bar
88 Beach St
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Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner - International style, home-cooked food with plenty of tasty options. Plus funky decor with vintage plates, radios & knick-knacks on the walls. Sit outside on a summer evening & enjoy the vibe!
Funky, award-winning coffee shop, by the owners of Vudu & Vudu Larder in town. Plenty of gluten-free options (the chocolate brownie is awesome!!), good coffee & lots of food from the menu or in the display cabinet.
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Bespoke Kitchen
9 Isle St
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Funky, award-winning coffee shop, by the owners of Vudu & Vudu Larder in town. Plenty of gluten-free options (the chocolate brownie is awesome!!), good coffee & lots of food from the menu or in the display cabinet.
Huge new york style pizzas, which are tasty & delicious! Take away & sit on the beach for a nice, alfresco dining experience! Or grab a slice late at night if your feeling hungry.
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Fat Badgers
33 Camp St
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Huge new york style pizzas, which are tasty & delicious! Take away & sit on the beach for a nice, alfresco dining experience! Or grab a slice late at night if your feeling hungry.
Must try the Hawker rolls - pulled pork is our favourite - crispy roti bread, wrapping fresh salad, herbs, chilli & meat. Malaysian-chinese food, with plenty of options to share with the table, or keep to yourself! You can only book for groups of 6 or more, but there is a nice bar to try one of their asian-inspired cocktails while you wait.
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Madam Woo
5 Lower Ballarat Street
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Must try the Hawker rolls - pulled pork is our favourite - crispy roti bread, wrapping fresh salad, herbs, chilli & meat. Malaysian-chinese food, with plenty of options to share with the table, or keep to yourself! You can only book for groups of 6 or more, but there is a nice bar to try one of their asian-inspired cocktails while you wait.
Good bakery items like croissants, sourdough bread, donuts, great pies and really great slices of cake! We love the lemon meringue pie & pork belly pies
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Fergburger
42 Shotover St
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Good bakery items like croissants, sourdough bread, donuts, great pies and really great slices of cake! We love the lemon meringue pie & pork belly pies
Really good selection of gelato & sorbet, which you can try before you buy! It's our favourite ice-cream in Queenstown...
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Mrs Ferg Gelateria
40 Shotover St
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Really good selection of gelato & sorbet, which you can try before you buy! It's our favourite ice-cream in Queenstown...
Good quality NZ-style cuisine, with a good selection of seafood too. Located in an old stone heritage building, they even have a private dining room that you can reserve for small groups. Great food every time we go!
Captain's Restaurant
Good quality NZ-style cuisine, with a good selection of seafood too. Located in an old stone heritage building, they even have a private dining room that you can reserve for small groups. Great food every time we go!
Good pub meals for $20, music every night and Mac's Beer on tap. A nice place to hang out in the sun outside during the day, or have a good pub meal & great music at night.
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Pub on Wharf
88 Beach St
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Good pub meals for $20, music every night and Mac's Beer on tap. A nice place to hang out in the sun outside during the day, or have a good pub meal & great music at night.
Great place to go for lunch, $15-20 meals, but the best choice is the half rack of ribs & chips... best ribs in Queenstown, hands down! Don't be afraid to get messy, its so worth it! But make sure you either get there early (by 12pm) or go later (after 1.30pm) to get a seat without queuing. Also available for dinner, if you have a big meat craving, but its definitely more pricey then.
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Flame Bar & Grill
61 Beach St
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Great place to go for lunch, $15-20 meals, but the best choice is the half rack of ribs & chips... best ribs in Queenstown, hands down! Don't be afraid to get messy, its so worth it! But make sure you either get there early (by 12pm) or go later (after 1.30pm) to get a seat without queuing. Also available for dinner, if you have a big meat craving, but its definitely more pricey then.
A good locals place, known for their steak & chips special, plus some amazing tapas (just try it all!). Especially busy for after work drinks on Friday or for the Sunday session, because they have great afternoon sun
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Atlas Beer Cafe
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A good locals place, known for their steak & chips special, plus some amazing tapas (just try it all!). Especially busy for after work drinks on Friday or for the Sunday session, because they have great afternoon sun
Great place for a quick burrito or enchilada, and also other south american food. Really quick, delicious and affordable. You can eat on the bright tables outside, or take away to eat by the lake or on the village green.
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Caribe Latin Kitchen
36 Ballarat Street
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Great place for a quick burrito or enchilada, and also other south american food. Really quick, delicious and affordable. You can eat on the bright tables outside, or take away to eat by the lake or on the village green.
Really good (but small) Japanese restaurant on Cow Lane. They have really nice ramen noodle soup and all the food is delicious! Great for lunch, but get in at the right time to get a table!
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Tanoshi
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Really good (but small) Japanese restaurant on Cow Lane. They have really nice ramen noodle soup and all the food is delicious! Great for lunch, but get in at the right time to get a table!
We often go here for lunch to get a bento box. Really good food & friendly service. You can sit outside in the sun too.
Hikari Japanese Restaurant
5 Beach St
We often go here for lunch to get a bento box. Really good food & friendly service. You can sit outside in the sun too.
We go here for lunch, as you can get the same amazing food at a more affordable price. The quality is amazing! Lots of local produce & seasonal items, like oysters & whitebait. Also excellent for a special-occasion dinner, as they have a few private dining spaces upstairs, just book in advance!
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Botswana Butchery
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We go here for lunch, as you can get the same amazing food at a more affordable price. The quality is amazing! Lots of local produce & seasonal items, like oysters & whitebait. Also excellent for a special-occasion dinner, as they have a few private dining spaces upstairs, just book in advance!
Really great quality food, great specials for lunch too. We really enjoy the Beef Pho (soup), Marinated Tofu, Summer rolls and Stirfry Noodles. The banquet option is really good too!
Saigon Kingdom Vietnamese Restaurant
88 Beach St
Really great quality food, great specials for lunch too. We really enjoy the Beef Pho (soup), Marinated Tofu, Summer rolls and Stirfry Noodles. The banquet option is really good too!
Queenstown Drinks & Nightlife
Great for grabbing a drink on a warm afternoon in the sun, as its right near the lake. Or they have generous $20 meals at night time (& specials during lunch) - the slow cooked pork belly & beef wellington are great! Also live music every night of the week!
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Pub on Wharf
88 Beach St
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Great for grabbing a drink on a warm afternoon in the sun, as its right near the lake. Or they have generous $20 meals at night time (& specials during lunch) - the slow cooked pork belly & beef wellington are great! Also live music every night of the week!
Live music almost every night of the week, especially good on a Saturday night. Great emporium-style decor with curiosities, & even a giant bear. They also have food for lunch & dinner
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The Ballarat Trading Co
7 Queenstown Rd
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Live music almost every night of the week, especially good on a Saturday night. Great emporium-style decor with curiosities, & even a giant bear. They also have food for lunch & dinner
Small bar with a rock music vibe. Usually live music tues-thurs, definitely packed on the weekend after 11pm. Polaroids on the wall of patrons showing a bit more than their "personality" haha
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Zephyr
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Small bar with a rock music vibe. Usually live music tues-thurs, definitely packed on the weekend after 11pm. Polaroids on the wall of patrons showing a bit more than their "personality" haha
Great locals bar with a rooftop seating area for sunset drinks. Has good music to get you dancing on Friday & Saturday nights and has an iconic open mike night on Tuesdays, starting at 11pm
Surreal Bar & Restaurant
7 Rees St
Great locals bar with a rooftop seating area for sunset drinks. Has good music to get you dancing on Friday & Saturday nights and has an iconic open mike night on Tuesdays, starting at 11pm
Great place to sit out on the deck in the sun, very busy in the evenings & up til 10pm. Lots of drink specials, good food specials & live DJ's or acoustic acts.
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1876
45 Ballarat St
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Great place to sit out on the deck in the sun, very busy in the evenings & up til 10pm. Lots of drink specials, good food specials & live DJ's or acoustic acts.
Great for sitting outside on the deck, right on the steamer wharf. Good selection of drinks & cocktails, and live music most nights.
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Little Blackwood
88 Beach St
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Great for sitting outside on the deck, right on the steamer wharf. Good selection of drinks & cocktails, and live music most nights.
Great cocktail bar upstairs, with leather lounge chairs & vintage prints, & an outside area with a fireplace & fire pit, plus a large screen showing vintage Bond movies at night.
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The Bunker Restaurant
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Great cocktail bar upstairs, with leather lounge chairs & vintage prints, & an outside area with a fireplace & fire pit, plus a large screen showing vintage Bond movies at night.
Cool bar with some good drink specials, nice cocktails & the famous Money Shot (think banana, spices & cream). Nice lounge & bar area inside, usually with a DJ playing. Great outside area with a huge outdoor fireplace.
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Barmuda
3 Searle Ln
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Cool bar with some good drink specials, nice cocktails & the famous Money Shot (think banana, spices & cream). Nice lounge & bar area inside, usually with a DJ playing. Great outside area with a huge outdoor fireplace.
Upstairs from Attiqa is the Sundeck. Nice outdoor area, good views over the lake, nice lounges & plenty of sunshine! More upmarket drinks , cocktails & clientele!
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Attiqa Bar & Med Kitchen
6 Ballarat St
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Upstairs from Attiqa is the Sundeck. Nice outdoor area, good views over the lake, nice lounges & plenty of sunshine! More upmarket drinks , cocktails & clientele!
Parks & Nature
Great place to take a walk, or run around the lakeside track for great views. In spring there are tulips & daffodils in the beautiful gardens, as well as cute little ducklings on the pond. You will find Queenstowners out getting their exercise here.
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Queenstown Gardens Disc Golf
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Great place to take a walk, or run around the lakeside track for great views. In spring there are tulips & daffodils in the beautiful gardens, as well as cute little ducklings on the pond. You will find Queenstowners out getting their exercise here.
Walk up Queenstown hill, through pine forests & up to the Basket of Dreams sculpture for the amazing views. Takes about 45minutes to get up if you're fit!
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Queenstown Hill Walking Track
58 Belfast Terrace
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Walk up Queenstown hill, through pine forests & up to the Basket of Dreams sculpture for the amazing views. Takes about 45minutes to get up if you're fit!
Walk up to the top of the Gondola. Takes about 45mins if you're fit, or just take your time. Reward yourself with a real fruit ice-cream at the top & take in the views. If you're too tired, pay to take the gondola back down! Or ride the Gondola up & walk back down.
Tiki Trail
Walk up to the top of the Gondola. Takes about 45mins if you're fit, or just take your time. Reward yourself with a real fruit ice-cream at the top & take in the views. If you're too tired, pay to take the gondola back down! Or ride the Gondola up & walk back down.
Take the One Mile Creek Track opposite the carpark, up the hill. There is a historical power station on the way, then a lovely stream that goes through small rocky canyons up to a small weir. You won't believe you are so close to Queenstown, as it feels so tranquil! Watch out for mountain bikers on the way, as there are a few tracks that cross the main trail, but they are well sign posted.
One Mile Car Park
130 Lake Esplanade
Take the One Mile Creek Track opposite the carpark, up the hill. There is a historical power station on the way, then a lovely stream that goes through small rocky canyons up to a small weir. You won't believe you are so close to Queenstown, as it feels so tranquil! Watch out for mountain bikers on the way, as there are a few tracks that cross the main trail, but they are well sign posted.
A short drive from Queenstown, see the crystal-blue water of Bob's Cove. Lovely, easy walking track with a few options. Sit on the old wharf, or jump off for a swim. See old limestone kilns & eucalyptus trees that were grown to light the kilns. Or just take in the lovely views.
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Bob's Cove Track
1246 Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd
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A short drive from Queenstown, see the crystal-blue water of Bob's Cove. Lovely, easy walking track with a few options. Sit on the old wharf, or jump off for a swim. See old limestone kilns & eucalyptus trees that were grown to light the kilns. Or just take in the lovely views.
A good medium hike, takes 2-3 hours. See amazing panoramic views, lovely streams & canyons, Sam Summer's historic hut, old gold mine sluicings and even a tunnel cut into rock. Quite pretty in cold weather, as you can see Hoar frost crystals on plants up the top sections.
Mt Crichton Loop Track Parking
A good medium hike, takes 2-3 hours. See amazing panoramic views, lovely streams & canyons, Sam Summer's historic hut, old gold mine sluicings and even a tunnel cut into rock. Quite pretty in cold weather, as you can see Hoar frost crystals on plants up the top sections.
Very popular to sit with friends & watch the sunset, packed in Summer. Sit on the beach on a sunny evening & bring your own food & drinks, or even a beer or wine. (It is legal to have a few drinks here or anywhere in town, with the liquor ban only starting at 8pm.) Find a patch of grass to sit on in the park, or lean up against a tree on the pebble beach. Have a coffee at the historic Bathhouse café. It’s a great place to people-watch!
Marine Parade
Very popular to sit with friends & watch the sunset, packed in Summer. Sit on the beach on a sunny evening & bring your own food & drinks, or even a beer or wine. (It is legal to have a few drinks here or anywhere in town, with the liquor ban only starting at 8pm.) Find a patch of grass to sit on in the park, or lean up against a tree on the pebble beach. Have a coffee at the historic Bathhouse café. It’s a great place to people-watch!
Shopping
In Arrowtown. If you like crystals, spiritual books & more, this is the shop for you. Its also where I buy my Himalayan salt by the kilo (!)
Rainbow Doorways
In Arrowtown. If you like crystals, spiritual books & more, this is the shop for you. Its also where I buy my Himalayan salt by the kilo (!)
The oldest cottage in Queenstown, now a design store with great art, prints, funky jewellery and lots of other items. Worth checking out!
Vesta Design
19 Marine Parade
The oldest cottage in Queenstown, now a design store with great art, prints, funky jewellery and lots of other items. Worth checking out!
Great store at the airport, for interesting gadgets, artwork, jewellery, accessories and Kiwiana. We have purchased quite a few prints and artwork from here for our apartment!
Kapa Design Gallery
Great store at the airport, for interesting gadgets, artwork, jewellery, accessories and Kiwiana. We have purchased quite a few prints and artwork from here for our apartment!
Essentials
Good-sized local supermarket, with great specials on food and wine. (Much cheaper than the next closest, Alpine supermarket)
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FreshChoice Queenstown
64 Gorge Rd
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Good-sized local supermarket, with great specials on food and wine. (Much cheaper than the next closest, Alpine supermarket)
This place has a laundry that you can walk in & use from off the street - called Washatipu! There is also an "Internet/Laundry" at 1 Gorge Rd, at the top of Shotover street - this is much closer to our house, but its not showing up on the map!
Absoloot Value Accommodation
50 Beach St
This place has a laundry that you can walk in & use from off the street - called Washatipu! There is also an "Internet/Laundry" at 1 Gorge Rd, at the top of Shotover street - this is much closer to our house, but its not showing up on the map!
Smaller supermarket right in town, a bit pricier but there are some specials available. The fresh bread by Cake Adventures is well worth it, its near the deli counter & the sourdough ciabatta is pretty good! Go here if you need only a few basic items
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Four Square Alpine
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Smaller supermarket right in town, a bit pricier but there are some specials available. The fresh bread by Cake Adventures is well worth it, its near the deli counter & the sourdough ciabatta is pretty good! Go here if you need only a few basic items
Great little asian supermarket, with Indian, Japanese, Chinese & Korean items available. We love picking an item that we have no idea what it is & trying it - its pretty fun at times! This is how we found Bingrae Semanco - a fish-shaped ice-cream from Korea that was actually quite delicious haha. (Thankfully not fish-flavoured!!)
Asian Mart Queenstown皇后镇亚洲超市
Great little asian supermarket, with Indian, Japanese, Chinese & Korean items available. We love picking an item that we have no idea what it is & trying it - its pretty fun at times! This is how we found Bingrae Semanco - a fish-shaped ice-cream from Korea that was actually quite delicious haha. (Thankfully not fish-flavoured!!)
A few minutes walk downhill from our place. Coin-operated laundromat. (For some reason it doesn't show on the map, sorry!)
Internet Laundry
1 Shotover St
A few minutes walk downhill from our place. Coin-operated laundromat. (For some reason it doesn't show on the map, sorry!)
Local dry cleaners, using eco-friendly processes which are better for the environment. Bonus!
Central Drycleaning Limited
51 Gorge Rd
Local dry cleaners, using eco-friendly processes which are better for the environment. Bonus!
This hotel/backpackers in central queenstown has a laundromat called "Washatipu" that you can use. Coin operated.
Absoloot Value Accommodation
50 Beach St
This hotel/backpackers in central queenstown has a laundromat called "Washatipu" that you can use. Coin operated.
If you need a doctor's appointment, you need to call first. If there are no appointments, you can wait at their Walk-In Clinic until you are called, depending on the urgency of your case. There is a pharmacy upstairs.
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Queenstown Medical Centre
9 Isle St
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If you need a doctor's appointment, you need to call first. If there are no appointments, you can wait at their Walk-In Clinic until you are called, depending on the urgency of your case. There is a pharmacy upstairs.
Pharmacy with a good range of health products, cosmetics, perfumes and much more. Good central location & open 8.30am - 10.00pm - 7 Days a week.
Life Pharmacy Wilkinsons
Pharmacy with a good range of health products, cosmetics, perfumes and much more. Good central location & open 8.30am - 10.00pm - 7 Days a week.
Closest petrol station to our house, has a car wash too.
Caltex - Queenstown
45-54 Gorge Rd
Closest petrol station to our house, has a car wash too.
Entertainment & Activities
Funky cinema with big comfy seats & even beanbags up the front. Showing more arthouse/alternative movies. You can have a glass of wine, cheese platter or ice-cream while you watch & theres even an old-fashioned intermission. There is also a seperate room called The Den, for watching old favourites.
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Dorothy Browns Arrowtown Cinema
18 Buckingham St
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Funky cinema with big comfy seats & even beanbags up the front. Showing more arthouse/alternative movies. You can have a glass of wine, cheese platter or ice-cream while you watch & theres even an old-fashioned intermission. There is also a seperate room called The Den, for watching old favourites.
Cinema right in town with all the blockbusters. They have a cheap tuesday & also a $9 movie of the week if you're a cardholder
Readings Cinemas
Cinema right in town with all the blockbusters. They have a cheap tuesday & also a $9 movie of the week if you're a cardholder
Good for a rainy day, test your nerves at this haunted house. Lots of people "chicken-out" (thousands to date) and many more supply us with entertaining pictures of their terrified faces!! (you can view pics at the end)
Fear Factory Queenstown
54 Shotover St
Good for a rainy day, test your nerves at this haunted house. Lots of people "chicken-out" (thousands to date) and many more supply us with entertaining pictures of their terrified faces!! (you can view pics at the end)
Wineries & Breweries
Good little winery & tasting room in an old woolshed. Lovely on a sunny day & good free tastings of white & red wines. They have foodtrucks & music there over Summer too.
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Wet Jacket Wines
903 State Highway 6
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Good little winery & tasting room in an old woolshed. Lovely on a sunny day & good free tastings of white & red wines. They have foodtrucks & music there over Summer too.
Good winery & cellar tours.
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Gibbston Valley Wines
1820 Gibbston Hwy
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Good winery & cellar tours.
Lovely winery & tasting room. Architecturally designed buildings, as well as old stone cottages. Great wine, especially Pinot Noir!!
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Peregrine Wines
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Lovely winery & tasting room. Architecturally designed buildings, as well as old stone cottages. Great wine, especially Pinot Noir!!
Great wines & tasting room, beautiful gardens with a huge sculpture. Amazing drive alongside the Kawarau gorge - not for the faint-hearted, as it's a one lane dirt track with sheer cliffs in places, but well worth the drive!
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Chard Farm Vineyard
205 Chard Road RD 1
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Great wines & tasting room, beautiful gardens with a huge sculpture. Amazing drive alongside the Kawarau gorge - not for the faint-hearted, as it's a one lane dirt track with sheer cliffs in places, but well worth the drive!
Good tastings, especially the Blue cheese, & the baked brie on the menu that comes with a baguette & caramelised onions! Calorific but to die for!! Right next to Gibbston Valley Winery
Gibbston Valley Cheese Company
1820 Gibbston Highway
Good tastings, especially the Blue cheese, & the baked brie on the menu that comes with a baguette & caramelised onions! Calorific but to die for!! Right next to Gibbston Valley Winery
Great winery & brewery in a restored old church. Plenty of outdoor space for relaxing in the sun. Also have some really good concerts here!
Cargo Brewery at Waitiri Creek
Great winery & brewery in a restored old church. Plenty of outdoor space for relaxing in the sun. Also have some really good concerts here!
Great restaurant and brewery, just 10mins drive from Queenstown in Arthurs Point. Sit out in the sun on the deck, watch the jet boats go by & take in the amazing view.
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Canyon Food & Brew Co.
1 Arthurs Point Rd
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Great restaurant and brewery, just 10mins drive from Queenstown in Arthurs Point. Sit out in the sun on the deck, watch the jet boats go by & take in the amazing view.
If you don't have time to goto a winery, go here! They have hundreds of wines on tap, simply buy a card, put on some credit and start tasting. They also have great cheese boards here
The Winery
14 Beach St
If you don't have time to goto a winery, go here! They have hundreds of wines on tap, simply buy a card, put on some credit and start tasting. They also have great cheese boards here