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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.

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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

From $8 NZD

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

From $9 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

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

9 Lakeside Road, Wanaka

From $295 NZD

'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

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

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

Forte Food mobile catering company is based in Wanaka, New Zealand and was founded on passion for food. We cater for any occasion...

10 Templeton Street, Wanaka

The land upon which Rippon stands has been in the Mills family since 1913. The primary interest of all who work at Rippon...

Rippon Vineyard, Lake Wanaka

From $18 NZD

On the waterfront above BNZ. Take our great lake and mountain views, add excellent food, great service, and lots of friendly hospitality. Our...

Pembroke Mall, Wanaka

Bottle store, Bar, Restaurant with a big selection of tap beers including Speights and DB, well stocked bottle store with local wines, spirits...

71 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Casual Korean Cuisine. Experience our irresistible spicy & garlic meals. They certainly will grab your SEOUL!

34 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

From $2 NZD

Modern lounge and restaurant, serving diverse yet authentic Indian flavours, with an emphasis on freshness and award winning local produce and Central Otago...

43 Helwick Street, Wanaka

From $10 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

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 Wedding Company specialises in arranging elopement-style destination weddings in New Zealand for couples from around the globe. Choose from a variety of...

, 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

Suite51 opened in October 2013 and is located in Peninsula Bay which is New Zealand’s award winning sub division.
The luxurious suite is situated...

51 Forest Heights, Wanaka

From $395 NZD

A historic bar & restaurant is a hidden gem on the drive to Queenstown, just south of Wanaka.
Experience high country hospitality in the...

60 Main Road, Luggate

From $6 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 4

Lakefront dining for all the family. Specialists in Kiwi breakfasts, pancakes, eggs benedict. Lunches include BLT, chicken special, smoked salmon on rye etc....

105 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

From $2 NZD

Mt Aspiring National Park itinerary

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