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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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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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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: 4.0

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

Overlooking the lake and mountains, Relishes Café has a deserved reputation for excellent food and hospitality. With contemporary innovative cuisine, a good selection...

1 / 99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

From $7 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Authentic Thai cuisine in Wanaka prepared by Thai chefs in a modern restaurant with beautiful views of the lake and mountains.

80 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

TripAdvisor rating: 3.5

Making outstanding home-made Gelato and Sorbets. Made with passion and local produce, using a 70 year old Italian recipe, in vintage Carpigiani gelato...

Lake front, Wanaka

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Wanaka Beerworks is the town's boutique brewery. European style handcrafted range of beers include: BREWSKI - Bohemian Pilsener, Cardrona Gold - Vienna Lager...

891 Luggate-Wanaka Highway, Wanaka

Two 6 seater modern vehicles to pick you up and take you where you want to go. Transfers from Queenstown or Wanaka Airports...

1 Little Oak Common, Wanaka

From $10 NZD

This small classic movie theatre located in Wanaka is a real find.

Comfy old sofas, 3 seats in an old Morris Minor, a...

72 Brownston St, Wanaka

From $9 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Tavern, meals and grocery store.

20 Alison Ave, Albert Town

Lake Bar has best lake views in town.
Great range of hearty kiwi favourites on our menu: Stewart Island Blue Cod, Chargrilled Rib-eye Steak,...

155 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

From $8 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

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

Alivate - delivering a true taste of Otago in a setting that takes in the stunning scenery of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding...

145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

From $14 NZD

Beanie Café is located on Ardmore st, Wanaka at the Wanaka Hotel. The cafe serves breakfast, lunch, coffee and cakes daily.

71 Ardmore Street, Wanaka