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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.
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.
Lake Wanaka has a selection of bars to choose from for a quiet drink or a night out on the town.
Cafe culture is alive and well in Lake Wanaka and there are plenty of great coffee spots for the discerning connoisseur
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.

Foodie Friday - Alivate Asian Fusion in Lake Wanaka

Where to eat? What's tasty? What's open? The first in a look at the Lake Wanaka region's cafes, restaurants and bars for those who want to know where's good to eat and drink!

Foodie Friday's 5 courses of delicious you'll absolutely love!

Where to eat in Wanaka? Somewhere with the perfect blend of divine cuisine, glorious wines, exceptional service, and an arty ambiance. Bistro Gentil is one of the regions very best!

Foodie Friday - Federal Diner does Dinner!

It's one of the local favourites and it's now doing dinner. Where to eat in Wanaka? Federal Diner is an #NZMustdo #foodie fav!

Foodie Friday - How to make a Mountain Morning Ritual!

You're headed for a day on the slopes - it's time to Ski Wanaka! Here's how to fuel up for the day with one of Wanaka's favourite local cafes.

Foodie Friday - Why we love Wanaka, Wine, and Wild Earth

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the wines of the Lake Wanaka Region, one of the older regions in Central Otago wine growing. Wanaka Wine Tours knows the best wines and the hidden gems!

5 fantastic reasons to join Lake Wanaka's Food Revolution

When it comes to where to eat in Wanaka, there's a literal plethora of choice! However, what about when you want to dine in? Or dine outside? Or dine holistic? Here’s the low-down on the good food!

How to perfect a picnic that packs a punch!

It's spring here in Lake Wanaka and we're pretty excited. As the weather warms and the sun shines bright, picnics on the beach are on our mind. Here's how to perfect a picnic platter.

5 of the most popular stories about the fabulous Lake Wanaka

People love Lake Wanaka! Why? Read the most popular blog posts in the last month and find out why people are loving this spectacular little town in the Southern Alps, New Zealand.

Let them eat cake - it's good for you!

If it looks good, tastes good, makes you feel good, then it has to be good for you, right? Cakes of Wanaka in the Lake Wanaka region creates beautiful wedding cakes, birthday cakes, any kind of celebratory cake - and cake for every day.

Why innovation is key to the Wanaka Wine Region

The Central Otago region is well known for exceptional wine, especially Pinot Noir, and there's certainly an abundance of delectable palette pleasers. So what do you do to get noticed in a region synonymous with excellence? Innovate!

3 easy ways to win a food lovers heart

1. Bring them to the Lake Wanaka region. 2. Take them to Bistro Gentil, where French cuisine meets fresh, seasonal local ingredients. 3. Invite an intimate group of lovers of truly great food. Heart Won!

How to be a "Classic Kiwi Cafe"

If you want to experience real Kiwi classic fare look no further than Beanie Cafe in Wanaka. Sometimes you just need a good old fashioned cheese roll, right? Beanie Cafe is definitely the place to go for honest, good food.

Why Wanaka made me love eating fries!

I'm a good southern Kiwi lass and I've never been one to shy away from good food. I practically grew up on potatoes! But I went no-carbs for a while, until I moved back to Wanaka and discovered...

3 of the best! Its Cocktail Hour in Lake Wanaka

When I heard local cocktail connoisseur and mixologist, James Crinson had made the top 3 in a worldwide cocktail competition, AND that his mix was inspired by Wanaka, I just had to give it a try!

Foodie Friday - How to do 'luxury' in Lake Wanaka

I'm going to tell you a secret. It's easy to live like lifestyles of the rich and famous in Lake Wanaka! All you need is a couple of friends, a private chef and just a little Release!

Foodie Friday - For that very Special Occasion...

Want to create the perfect special occasion? A birthday perhaps, proposal, honeymoon breakfast, anniversary, or just treating someone precious? Then this Lake Wanaka region Heli Champagne Breakfast is for you!

The most amazing picnic dinner ever

Roy's Peak is not usually thought of as a picnic spot. Its a 3-4 hour hike up through farmland to mountain tops that tower over Lake Wanaka. But if a stunning sunset, Roy's Peak to yourself and great food sound good - read on!

22 sensational reasons to eat and drink in Wanaka

Wanaka is foodie heaven! Here's a round up of the best places to eat and drink and a few of the local foodie favourites and #mustdo 's in the beautiful Lake Wanaka region.

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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

The Landing Restaurant & Bar offers stunning lake & mountain views with fireside in winter and balcony dining in the warmer months. Owners...

80 Ardmore Street - Level 1, Wanaka

From $4 NZD

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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

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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.

9 Lakeside Road, Wanaka

From $295 NZD

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'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

Set on four scenic acres, with stunning mountain views, Alpine View Lodge offers something unique and special. Our studios are modern, spacious, warm...

23 Studholme Road South, Wanaka

From $180 NZD

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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

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

Release specialises in luxury tailor-made holidays for friends, families and corporate organisations wanting to experience the best of Wanaka. At Release Wanaka we...

, Wanaka

From $395 NZD

Federal Diner is a new diner style cafe in central Wanaka focusing on fresh, fast and fabulous food served by people who care.

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Asian fusion menu with small plates, main meals and delicious desserts using local New Zealand produce. All day menu. Extensive cocktail menu and...

145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

From $14 NZD

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

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Fitzpatricks Irish Pub in Wanaka is the place for great live music, Cold beer, delicious pub grub and the only Kilkenny in town....

57 Helwick Street, Wanaka

We offer a full range of packaged scenic helicopter flights to Mt Aspiring & Glaciers, Milford Sound and Mt Cook as well as...

2211 Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka

From $185 NZD

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Wanaka Catering caters for weddings, private family functions, corporate events and much more around the Central Lakes Region. No two menus are exactly...

Unit 12, 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

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

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We take you to the best vineyards where you'll sample award winning wines, locally sourced gourmet food, and meet some of the wine...

15 Scaife Place, Wanaka

From $195 NZD

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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

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Mt Aspiring National Park itinerary

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