Every now and then people ask for great places to eat.
Here is a list of good restaurants between Christchurch and Te Anau:
Christchurch: many good restaurants along Riccarton Road (easy to find ;-), like Buddha Sticks, Lone Star, really a lot of nice places; Bodhi Tree (Clyde Road); The Old Vicarage in Halswell; Aikman's and Tutto Bene in Merivale; the Coffee House in Montreal Street; Cooking with Gas on Worcester Boulevard; etc. Drexel's is a breakfast restaurant for pure indulgence (outside Riccarton Mall).
Lake Tekapo: Here I would only recommend Pepe's Pizza and Pasta Place. All others are very average.
Omarama (past Mt. Cook National Park and Twizel on the way to Wanaka): The Wrinkly Rams (before the township begins, on the left side of the road)
Wanaka: Several good restaurants, for example Bombay Palace (Indian), and several fine dining options. They also have a Botswana Butchery (see Queenstown) but I have not eaten in the one in Wanaka, so cannot tell if it is as spectacular as the one in Queenstown. For breakfast you can get takeaway from the fantastic bakery on the main road along the lakefront.
Between Wanaka and Arrowtown (if you travel on the Crown Range road): Cardrona Hotel, a must - and if it's only for a drink. Also good hearty food.
Arrowtown: several nice places, particularly The Stables, also nice building and location
Te Anau: Olive Tree Café. We made the experience that it was always full and you did not get a table without booking. Was our clear favourite in Te Anau. The Fish'n'Chips shop on main street is quite impressive as well, if you want a cheap option. (We did not find food at Milford Sound very good, so you best have a coffee and muffin and save your hunger for dinner back in Te Anau ;-)
Queenstown: Many even fantastic places, my top favourite is the Botswana Butchery. Not only fabulous food but also sensational interior decoration. Cheap but great is the Golden Elephant (Thai food). Mid price range is the Lone Star - I would not call it fine dining but hearty good-quality fare in large portions.
This cafe was handy for people who are visiting the castle. Well rounded menu but nothing flash. It felt like we were eating back in olden day England with the setting which was pretty cool seeing as we were in NZ only castle.
Favorite Dish: We had a plate of chips, scones and a soft drink each and it cost us NZD 26. The scones are massive would recommend those.
Ballroom Cafe: 9.30am to 4.30pm daily
This cafe/restaurant/bar is situated in Marahau, right next to the start (or end) of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. Louise and I came here for dinner and a couple of drinks after doing a day-hike through the Abel Tasman, and were really impressed. The night we visited, there was a band from Wellington playing live, who were very good, and as it was a nice evening we decided to sit outside in the beer garden and enjoy the last of the day's sun. When we got here we were ravenous from walking all day, so the food here really went down a treat! It was delicious and we didn't have to wait too long for it. They were charging a $3-4 cover charge because the band was playing, but this was waved as we were also eating, and although I can't remember exactly how much we spent, it was pretty reasonably priced, considering that there isn't really anywhere else to go in the area.
Favorite Dish: I had roasted New Zealand lamb, with all the usual extras - roast potatoes, and a variety of veggies. the food was delicious, especially the lamb, which was just so good. They also had quite a wide selection of fresh fish caught locally, and a few traditional local dishes. The deserts looked pretty good too!
this tip could als be a Local Customs. whenever your tummy need something yummy, go to the Bakery and ask for Lamington's or Custard Squares. Lamington's come in two flavours...Chocolateee or Rasberry, take your pick
best Place for Custard Squares in the South Island: at Pleasant Point ... between Timaru and Oamaru
Favorite Dish: goes down well with Latte or Cappuccino...have a look at the webpage provided, you'll find the recipe
situated high above Christchurch, on the Port Hills, this wee Cafe is there since ages.
after a walk around the Port Hills, just after I arrived in Christchurch in 1987, Devonshire Tea was the first local food I was introduced too
and the view for free...on a
a sunny day, nothing is much more relaxing
Favorite Dish: still Devonshire Tea it is....scones with jam and cream, and a nice cuppa tea
fresh air, hot coffee, Breakfast and Lunches all freshly baked. big sortiment and the Staff makes food to order too.
Favorite Dish: Date Scones, Muffins, Cakes, Rolls, Seafood, Quiches...and Vegetariens are looked after too
the oldest Pub in Nelson, the old Furniture repolished and looking good. great atmosphere, meeting the locals and make new friends
Favorite Dish: Mac on tap, Nelson's own Brew and one of the best Beers in New Zealand. great selection of Nelson Wines...Seafood basquet a must
The Awaroa Lodge is in the Abel Tasman National Park, and is an absolutely stunning place for peace, quiet and relaxation. Unfortunately, we didn't stay there but only stopped by for a meal. They had a good menu from local produce, and are proud of their organic garden.
We had a fantastic meal for little money in this place... we felt like we were in Switzerland or something! I sure hope this place is still open as I write this... well worth a stop in.
It is also an inn, but we didn't stay here, so I can't report on it.
Brewery with a great Restaurant to booth. meet the Locals they like to come here too
Favorite Dish: Beer.......and what ever you like from the Restaurant, Fish, Meat, Vegetarien, Pasta....you choose
yeeeeeeees... cakes..... they are light and so teasty! I have even forgot that "I don't eat cakes!" for two weeks !!! :))
Maybe with that wonderful nature around any meal will be great ;)?
Favorite Dish: about 1.5 hrs by car from Christchurch
fantastic surroundings, very relaxing athmosphere, Dunedin the scottishest City outside of Scotland
Favorite Dish: I am a vegetarian..but anything goes there
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