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Best of Queenstown

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Queenstown is full of fun, adventure and chill-out time for the whole family, travellers and locals alike. Here are my favourites.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

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17 Places

The Exchange

Restaurants

Madam Woo

Restaurants

Flame Bar and Grill

Restaurants

Kappa Japanese Restaurant

Restaurants

Queenstown Hill

Hiking Trails

Skyline Queenstown

Game & Entertainment Centres

Fat Badgers Pizza Bar Queenstown

Restaurants

Farelli's Trattoria

Restaurants

Taco Medic

Restaurants

Queenstown Garden

Gardens

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Hotels

Blue Kanu

Restaurants

Pub on Wharf

Restaurants

Devil Burger

Restaurants

Botswana Butchery

Restaurants

Rata

Restaurants

Fergburger

Restaurants

RLQTL's City Tips

  • Getting around on foot is the easiest and most inexpensive option. for outlying areas most tourism operators have buses or shuttles from town.
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    The Exchange
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    RLQTL Says:

    This café is rapidly growing in popularity with locals and tourists alike. Non-fussy, uncomplicated menu coupled with amazing coffee, wonderful food (both cabinet and a la carte), topped off with friendly, upbeat service make this place a must-do! Easily the best casual breakfast / lunch option in the area.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • check out their Eggs Benedict or one of the yummy smoothies.. mmm.. the lunches are also a great option and they have awesome cabinet food..
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Food 15/09/2018
    • Awesome cafe! 31/08/2018
    • The Exchange
    Address:
    39 Ballarat Street
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 8238
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$15
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Madam Woo
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian, Malaysian)
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    RLQTL Says:

    wonderful fresh tasty options. great food, awesome beer on tap. good service..

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • try the hawker rolls.. good times!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Flavours quite generic 20/09/2018
    • Relaxing place with awesome food 19/09/2018
    • Madam Woo
    Address:
    5 The Mall
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 9200
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$21
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Flame Bar and Grill
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Bar, Barbecue, New Zealand, Grill)
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    RLQTL Says:

    Best time you can have for meat lovers.. nothing overly flash but the service is great, the portions are HUGE making it great value for money and the service is spot-on.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Definitely try the ribs.. beautiful!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Thank You Alice! 22/09/2018
    • Amazing food, busy place 22/09/2018
    • Flame Bar and Grill
    Address:
    61 Beach Street
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-409 2342
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$27
    Hours:
    Mon
    4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Kappa Japanese Restaurant
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian)
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    RLQTL Says:

    My favourite Japanese restaurant. very small and homely, you can see the chef preparing your food which is beautifully fresh. a great experience.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • open for lunch and dinner. any time is good
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not bad! 29/08/2018
    • Underwhelming on the whole 11/08/2018
    • Kappa Japanese Restaurant
    Address:
    36 The Mall
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-441 1423
    Other:
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    Queenstown Hill
    Hiking Trails
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    RLQTL Says:

    A wonderful walk. easy to access and not a huge slog to the top. Low-Medium fitness can manage if you take your time. you are rewarded with amazing views when you get up there.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • wear decent shoes and take a jacket if the weather forecast isn't great.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 136 things to do in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic views 23/09/2018
    • Nice hike, great views 17/09/2018
    • Queenstown Hill
    Address:
    Belfast Street
    Queenstown
    New Zealand
    Other:
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    Skyline Queenstown
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    RLQTL Says:

    A great day out with the family or single or whatever.. awesome fun topped with breath-taking views, Skyline really has it all.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • wear decent footwear as you can do a bit of walking up there if you choose.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 20 Fun & Games in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really fun experience. 22/09/2018
    • Awesome! 22/09/2018
    • Skyline Queenstown
    Address:
    Brecon St
    Queenstown 9348
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-441 0101
    Price range:
    US$56 - US$56
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
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    Fat Badgers Pizza Bar Queenstown
    Restaurants (Bar, Pizza)
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    RLQTL Says:

    The best option in Queenstown for pizza.. real NYC pizza experience. great vibe and great service.. massive 20" pizzas at a reasonable price

    Good for
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Go the 20" pizzas!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good place for pizza 23/09/2018
    • Great pizza joint 17/09/2018
    • Fat Badgers Pizza Bar Queenstown
    Address:
    33 Camp Street
    South Island
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 800 749 927
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
    Other:
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    Farelli's Trattoria
    Restaurants (Italian, European)
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    RLQTL Says:

    Great, authentic family-style Italian food served up in a homely, friendly environment. All with a very reasonable price-tag.. Can't go wrong!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • the pork belly dish is awesome! as is the tiramisu
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • surprise find 22/09/2018
    • Delicious! 15/09/2018
    • Farelli's Trattoria
    Address:
    Beach St
    Steamer Wharf
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-409 0399
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Taco Medic
    Restaurants (Mexican, Fast food, Healthy, Street Food)
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    RLQTL Says:

    Great takeaway option right in the middle of Queenstown. home-made tacos made with real masa. great gourmet fillings. awesome flavors pack a punch. great service from guys who are obviously passionate about what they do.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • they are all good.. or try them at the remarkables markets to get a breakfast taco.. mmm
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wowza!! 20/09/2018
    • Light, fresh and delicious - a hidden gem. 18/09/2018
    • Taco Medic
    Address:
    5-17 Church Street
    food served out of a hole in the wall on to 3 Searle Lane
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 8174
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Queenstown Garden
    Gardens
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    RLQTL Says:

    A relaxing beautiful spot away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Queenstown but only a 5 minute stroll up the hill. Feed the ducks, let the kids loose at the bike park while you wander through the well-groomed grounds.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't miss the Rose Gardens..
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 136 things to do in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • pretty view, not bloomed yet 21/09/2018
    • Surprise Attraction 20/09/2018
    • Queenstown Garden
    Address:
    Next to Marine Parade
    Queenstown
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 4100
    Other:
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    Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
    Hotels
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    RLQTL Says:

    A great hotel. Well-appointed, competitively priced and best of all the location can't be beaten.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • go for a lake-facing room and have the full buffet breakfast.. fresh waffles, fresh squeezed juice, and you get to make them yourself! very cool
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 59 Hotels in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Location and friendly team 22/09/2018
    • Location, Location, Location 17/09/2018
    • Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
    Address:
    Corner Earl Street and Marine Parade
    Queenstown 9197
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    011 64 3-668 7251
    Other:
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    Blue Kanu
    Restaurants (Asian, New Zealand, Polynesian)
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    RLQTL Says:

    Awesome fit out, great food, yummy drinks menu and attentive service. What more could you ask for? An interesting take on Pacific Rim cuisine and have coined the phrase "Polynasian" an eclectic blend of pacific island, local Maori and southeast asian foods all coming together in wonderful harmony among a very unique setting.. a must-see.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • have lots of small plates to share. this way you can sample more!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Absolutely awesome! 20/09/2018
    • Great food Great Service 17/09/2018
    • Blue Kanu
    Address:
    16 Church Street
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 6060
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$23
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Pub on Wharf
    Restaurants (Bar, Pub, Gastropub, New Zealand)
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    RLQTL Says:

    POW is a great spot for anyone! Proper pints, all meals under $20; live music every night and the best place to watch sport. This place really does have it all. Good service from cheerful staff that obviously enjoy their work tops off the experience.. Great for kids also

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • go for any of the tap beers.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic value 22/09/2018
    • Best value 15/09/2018
    • Pub on Wharf
    Address:
    88 Beach Street
    Steamer Wharf
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-441 2155
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
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    Devil Burger
    Restaurants (American, Fast food, New Zealand)
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    RLQTL Says:

    Fantastic burgers among a relaxed setting.. dine in or take away and walk 50 meters to the beach. Loads of options and sizes. Wraps are available also along with a good selection of sides and beer is also available..

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try the chips with cheese and curry sauce..YUM..
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great burgers 23/09/2018
    • Lunch time! 21/09/2018
    • Devil Burger
    Address:
    5/11 Church Street
    Queenstown
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 4666
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
    Other:
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    Botswana Butchery
    Restaurants (Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary)
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    RLQTL Says:

    Botswana Butchery is one of Queenstown's finest fine-dining restaurants and should be on everyone's must-try list. Luxurious setting right on the lake front. Plush fit out. great service. awesome drinks and a magnificent seasonal menu with everything prepared on site from scratch. All this attention to detail comes with a price but on a global scale it is very good value for money..

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Lunch specials are a very good way to sample the wares before committing to a dinner booking.. very good deals to be had here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food and service 22/09/2018
    • Amazing food! 22/09/2018
    • Botswana Butchery
    Address:
    Archers Cottage 17 Marine Parade
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 6994
    Price range:
    US$33 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Rata
    Restaurants (European, New Zealand, Contemporary)
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    RLQTL Says:

    A wonderful contemporary restaurant with great modern cuisine all amongst a modern, simple setting. wonderful attention to detail with some great surprises food-wise.. A must-try. Josh Emmets flagship.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • A little tricky to find in the Post Office precinct. Behind and over the creek from The Exchange.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • As good as expected. 23/09/2018
    • Magnificent food and wine 17/09/2018
    • Rata
    Address:
    43 Ballarat Street
    43 Ballarat St
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 9393
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$28
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Fergburger
    Restaurants (American, Fast food, New Zealand)
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    RLQTL Says:

    The Queenstown must-try of all must-trys! A trip to Queenstown is not complete without experiencing Fergburger.. It is worth it not only for the great freshly made burgers but also the buzz of the crowd and the great atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • While you are at it you may as well try out Fergbaker and Mrs Ferg Gelataria to complete the trifecta..
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really good burgers. 23/09/2018
    • Call ahead first 22/09/2018
    • Fergburger
    Address:
    42 Shotover Street
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-441 1232
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
    Other:
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