Ode to Long Lunches

People having a long lunch at Tussock Hill Vineyard, Christchurch.
Is there anything more satisfying than a lingering long lunch?

Muttonbird

Ceviche on a table with other dishes at Muttonbird, Wānaka.
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It’s a seabird you can eat that smells like fish and tastes like mutton.

arc

Dining room with wooden table and chairs at arc, Wānaka.
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Owners of arc, James Stapley and Sam Cooper, know a thing or two about what makes a good eatery.

The Precinct

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The Precinct came on the scene in late 2020 as a stylish, shared complex with a range of alluring retail and hospitality stores.

Wee Tart

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While Wee Tart is known first and foremost as a coffee shop and milkbar, this place is no one trick pony.

Scroggin

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With a Scandinavian-inspired fit out to match the mountains and adventures to be had in Wānaka, you'll quickly understand why this coffee and eatery’s tagline is ‘Gather, feast, stay a while.’

Ground Up

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A brewery and taproom in one, this local favourite continues to grow from the ground up.

b.social

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The b.social Brewery and Bar is a great spot for eating and drinking that is worthy of a visit (or many) whether you’re just in town for the weekend or call this beautiful region home year round.

Hawea Store & Kitchen

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A community hub that combines a grocer, café, restaurant and bar overlooking the lake.

Eriks Fish & Chips

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With more than 30 years in the food industry, Erik applies decades worth of knowledge and experience to pay homage to the century-old Kiwi classic: fush and chups.

Urban Grind

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An all day neighbourhood eatery poviding locals with delicious daily fare since 2011.

FuDog

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While their techniques are worthy of fine-dining, this restaurant likes to keep dinnertime fuss-free and fun.

Hook Wānaka - Lake to Plate

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Fast becoming ‘the thing to do in Wānaka’, the Hook restaurant provides a unique lake to plate experience where locals and visitors can catch their own Chinook...

Tour Your Tastebuds Around Wānaka's Flourishing Food and Drink Scene

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Wānaka is full of local food and drink entrepreneurs ready to bring you the region’s bounty.

Lipsky and Sons

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In a refined yet comfortable dwelling on Mountain View Road, the many nooks of Lipsky and Sons provide groups of sizes and significance to pick and choose from an array of dining experiences.

Dripping Bowl

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Well known for their acai bowls, smoothies, devine soups and niche coffee menu, Dripping Bowl has nutrition and sustainability at its heart.

Pembroke Patisserie

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Pembroke Pâtisserie offers hot pastries for your picnic, sweet pastries galore, or for those who like the finer things in life there’s artistically prepared macarons and tiny tarts.

Little Black Caravan

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Little Black Caravan has become the neighbourhood spot for those wanting some caffeine and lunch without the hassle of heading into town.

How To Spend a Snowy Weekend in Wānaka

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Wānaka's winter appeal doesn’t stop on the hill. The Otago town offers more than meets the eye.

Double Black

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Double Black has a rocking menu for hungry visitors, ensuring you walk out the door fuelled for adventure.

Bistro Gentil

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A fine-dining restaurant boasting a love affair with French cuisine, Bistro Gentil serves excellent meals in a beautiful, sultry interior.

Maude Wines Tasting Room

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Set on beautiful grounds above the picturesque Wānaka township, Maude Wines Tasting Room has a million-dollar view and the fantastic wines to go with it.

The Coffee Shack

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Proof that good things come in small packages, The Coffee Shack serves up some of the best coffee in town from its pocket-sized converted garage interior.

Kai Whaka Pai

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An absolute town institution, this place is humming with people Monday to Sunday, Winter through to Summer.

Kika

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Dark and elegant, Kika is an award-winning restaurant tucked away from Wānaka's main street.

Red Star Burger

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A Wānaka institution, Red Star has been filling hungry bellies with burgers for over 15 years.

Rhyme and Reason

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A brewery slash tasting room and bar, visit this sunny spot for a pint or fill up a rigger for takeaway.

Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wānaka

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Expect to see all things Italian on the menu here including risotto, ragù, gnocchi and wood red pizza.

Florence's Foodstore & Café

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A foodstore and a café, Florence’s attracts visitors from near and far who shop here for artisan products and hearty meals.

Cork Bar

Brown leather booth seating at Cork, Wānaka.
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The place to go for evening drinks, Cork has an impressive array of wines, beers, fine spirits and cocktails. Served by bartenders that truly do know their stuff, it’s likely you’ll develop an infatuation with this bar very quickly.

Fedeli

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A deli with a difference, Fedeli speaks volumes about creating an aesthetically pleasing space and offering up salads, pastries and coffee done well.

Beyond the Eggs Bene, Here's Where to Get Your Brunch Fix in Wānaka

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With plenty of beautiful fit-outs, premium roasted coffee and health-and earth-conscious brunch places, you’re sure to find the one that suits you.

Federal Diner

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Hidden down an alleyway, Federal is a Wānaka best kept secret and a favourite with the locals thanks to its great food, speciality coffee and relaxed atmosphere.

Cardrona Distillery

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Stop by for a tour and tasting session at Cardrona Distillery, and set your eyes on the magnificent copper stills that are responsible for turning grain into spirits.

Cardrona Hotel

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Rumoured to be the most photographed building in the country, Cardrona Hotel was built in 1863 as first and foremost a place to stay for hardworking gold miners.

Archangel Wines

Bottles of Archangel Wines in a box.
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Not worried if you’re a first time wine drinker or an accustomed connoisseur, the family behind Archangel want to make everyone feel welcome at their place.

Sip Your Way Through Our Guide To Kiwi-Made Spirits

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From specialty gin to artisan whiskey, amp up your next cocktail party with our curated selection of homegrown spirits.

Burrito Craft

Person ordering at the Burrito Craft food truck in Wānaka.
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Easygoing vibes make this permanent food truck a non-pretentious spot to park up and enjoy some food al fresco style.

Big Fig

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Operating by the motto ‘slow food served fast’, Big Fig dishes up meals with a Middle Eastern twist.

Black Peak Gelato

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With the cheery motto ‘handcrafted happiness’, Black Peak makes sure gelato treats are nothing short of exceptional.

Impress Your Tastebuds with Wānaka's 7 Most Delicious Dishes

Food on plates at Kika in Wanaka.
It’s important to get a taste of whatever town you’re visiting, and the best way to do that is to simply get out and about and sit yourself down at some of the neatest restaurants in town.