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Merino lamb raised on the hills, crusty fresh artisan bread baked only hours earlier, and pinot noir from the vines across the water, all finished off with the town’s award winning ice cream…

You don’t need to be a gourmet to enjoy Lake Wanaka, though there’s every chance it’ll convert you!

Local food and wine producers are united in their passion to perfect their products, it’s the reason they do what they do, and there are lots of them.

Farmers markets are the ideal place to look over the choices on offer while a comprehensive selection of restaurants prepare it all for fine or casual dining.

The region’s wines earn consistent international plaudits too, along with a growing boutique brewery scene commanding equal respect in its own environment.

Dining out is half the story though, getting out on a tour to meet the people behind the produce and sample at the cellar door or tasting room is the way to get a real taste for where Lake Wanaka’s cuisine begins.

But remember, everything in moderation. You only need to sample them every day!


Food and drink from the earth and the heart. The main ingredient is Lake Wanaka.

Wineries & Breweries
Wineries & Breweries
Wanaka's vineyards and breweries may be small and boutique but they are award winning so take time out to sample them all
Food & Wine Tours
Food & Wine Tours
For a taste of Lake Wanaka local produce and wine, join a tour which can be personalised to your own requirements.
Restaurants
Restaurants
If you're after a great meal at one of our restaurants then you are spoilt for choice - it's just a matter of trying them all.
Bars
Bars
Lake Wanaka has a selection of bars to choose from for a quiet drink or a night out on the town.
Cafes
Cafes
Cafe culture is alive and well in Lake Wanaka and there are plenty of great coffee spots for the discerning connoisseur
Takeaways
Takeaways
If it's a meal in a hurry or something a bit more affordable then Lake Wanaka has a range of choices for you

 

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Valentines Day in Lake Wanaka

Love chocolate? Love Wanaka? Love a Valentines Day recipe? Nothing says romance - or the lack thereof - like chocolate so dig in to this great recipe from the lovers paradise - Lake Wanaka New Zealand.

Central Otago Cherries in Wanaka - Summer Fruit Heaven!

There's nothing quite like Central Otago Summer Fruits. Sun-seekers flock to Central Otago and the Lake Wanaka Region every summer and the joy of fresh summer fruits never fades.

Foodie Friday! A Lake Wanaka Summer BBQ on the Beach

Wow! The weather in Wanaka right now is just begging holiday-makers and locals to enjoy the taste of summer on the lakefront beaches. We asked Tanya from the Mediterranean Market to whip up a special menu for a sumptuous summer BBQ on the beach.

Foodie Friday! Summer calls for seasonal salads!

Pomegranate's have a short lovely season of availability in New Zealand. Here in the Lake Wanaka region at the local Mediterranean Market we have a plentiful supply right now - just in time for sumptuous summer salads!

Tess Learns to Cook with Soul - Part 2

The last week of our four week cooking class finished on high note with a chocolate dessert as entre!!

Tess Learns to Cook with Heart & Soul

Gluten free, nut free, diary free, raw food alternatives... sounds too healthy to be eaten but Tess learns that healthy can be very, very tasty - and easy to cook!

8 Must Do Food & Wine Activities in the Lake Wanaka Region

Merino lamb raised on the hills, crusty, fresh artisan bread, homemade cheeses, and pinot noir from the vines across the lake, all topped off with the town's award winning ice cream...does it get better?

A Luxury Lodge and a Private Chef? Wanaka Heaven - or Haven!

When you're staying at a luxury lodge in the stunning Lake Wanaka region, get the premium treatment with your own personal catering! Wanaka has some of the best executive chefs on hand to cater to your epicurean desire.

A Wanaka Wine Tour with Le Backpacker

A Wine Tour in Wanaka not only takes you to some of the best wineries in the Central Otago region, but you also get the best scenery as well!

Foodie Friday's Sourdough

The shift to back-to-basics lifestyles and bake-your-own breads means everyone is looking for a Sourdough recipe that will work for them. Well, have I got one for you!

Foodie Friday! Feeling Tarty?

It's heading well into harvest season in Wanaka and foragers are relishing the opportunity to gather fresh autumnal fruits. What better way to kiss goodbye to summer and say hello to autumn than with a fruit tart?

Foodie Friday: Land of the Long Weekend Breakfast

It's a long weekend here in the Otago region and we sure are looking forward to making the most of some time off in Lake Wanaka!

Foodie Friday! The Best Profiterole in the World!

The Lake Wanaka region has some amazing eateries including one that changed the way I thought about French pastry treat, the humble profiterole.

Foodie Friday! Winter is upon us!

Here in the Lake Wanaka region we like our food fresh, seasonal and natural and as winter approaches it's time to think hearty. Soups, root vegetables and slow-cooked delights are a staple in the long winter months of Central Otago.

Foodie Friday - Wanaka's PURE New Zealand Ice Cream Scoops Awards!

It's winter and the white stuff is here in abundance in the Lake Wanaka region - but there's more than one kind of cold magic in Wanaka. PURE New Zealand Ice Cream has scooped three awards at the NZ Ice Cream Awards last week!

Kahu Youth Group take over Wanaka's Amigo's Restaurant!

Taco's! Margaritas! Great service and the cutest waiter in town! It's Wanaka's local Mexican restaurant, Amigo's, Kahu Youth Week! Kids in the kitchen in Wanaka this Tuesday and Thursday night! Don't miss out!

Foodie Friday - A bit on the side!

The Snow is here! Cardrona opens tomorrow and Treble Cone not long after. Skiers and snowboarders are going to need some hearty food on board and I have a couple of sides that will fill any snow-lovers belly!

Foodie Friday is back! At Florence's Foodstore and Cafe

Where to eat? What's on in Wanaka? Want a winning winter dining option? Florence's Foodstore and Cafe in the Lake Wanaka region has the joie de vivre you're looking for.

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Surrounded by mountains and nestled beside a rock-climbing wall at 50 Cardrona Valley Road, the Lone Star cuts an imposing, dramatic figure, none...

50 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka

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Wanaka's newest bar and restaurant, The Wanaka Speights Ale House is situated on Ardmore Street next to Bullock Creek and across the road...

93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

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Lakeside Apartments - the only luxurious, 5-star Qualmark hotel in the heart of Wanaka - is just a stone's throw from the beach.
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9 Lakeside Road, Wanaka

From $295 NZD

Let's go FIKA!

In Swedish FIKA means coffee break. FIKA pronounced (Fee-KA). FIKA is a Swedish tradition.

Authentic handcrafted Swedish fika favourites - including...

1 Frederick Street, Wanaka

The Landing Restaurant & Bar offers stunning lake & mountain views with fireside and balcony dining. Owners Sarah and Phillip Cochrane treat their...

80 Ardmore Street - Level 1, Wanaka

From $4 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 4

'Hot Mexican & Cool Margaritas'... since 1995!

Fantastic family fare, Mexican style! Great selection of pasture fed steak & free range chicken options, plus...

71 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

From $7 NZD

Peak Function Centre is Wanaka’s brand new, premier conference and function venue. This contemporary, centrally located venue, is unrivalled in style and functionality....

181 - 185 Upton Street, Wanaka

Wanaka's gastronomic destination, Bistro Gentil serves modern French cuisine featuring seasonal produce from Central Otago and its own kitchen garden. Enjoy wine tasting...

76 A Golf Course Road, Wanaka

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Funny french cars Tours offers fun wine tasting and sightseeing throughout the Central Otago region, travelling in quirky citroen 2cv,s, flexible and tailored...

Kennels Lane, Wanaka

From $165 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Yohei is a cafe that provides great coffee, kiwi styled sushi, fresh fruit & vege juices, real fruit smoothies and more in a...

, Wanaka

Road To Beauty is Wanaka's mobile beauty and hairdressing service. We bring the salon to you; facials, spray tans, lash extensions, manicures, smashbox...

17 Plantation Road, Wanaka

From $10 NZD

The Wanaka Districts Club is located at 45 Plantation Road

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Wanaka's finest entertainment venue. When you walk into Rubys you are transported to a time when going to the pictures was an event....

50 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka

Great selection of takeaway food, pies, rolls, danish & bakery items from $1.50 - $3. Open 7 days from 6.00 - 6.00 and...

17 Frederick Street, Wanaka

We are a small family run restaurant, set in a 1930's Art Deco building. Our black board menu is always changing, & we...

33 Dunmore Street, Wanaka

Relax, indulge and enjoy... perky pinots... scrumptious local produce... Lord of the Rings landscapes... behind the scenes stories.... dramatic props... hidden havens... historic...

272 Ballantyne Road, Wanaka

From $189 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5

Have a craving for the best Indian food in New Zealand? After a hard day up the mountain, or a relaxing day by...

Pembroke Mall, Wanaka

Chinese meals & fish_x0019_n_x0019_chips & hamburgers. Takeaways from 50c, restaurant dishes from $8. Lunch from 11.00am - 2.00pm, dinner from 5.00 - 11.00...

47 Helwick Street, Wanaka

Lalaland is the place to be, not just the place to be seen.

With first and last drinks every day of the week, everyone...

99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Wanaka's only town centre hotel, one minute walk to the lake. Located on site are Beanie Cafe, Bullock Bar and Grill and Amigos...

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Mt Aspiring National Park itinerary

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