What was once a small collection of locally-beloved trucks nestled together in a lot on Brownston Street has exploded into a culture that covers nearly every part of the region.
In Wānaka, there’s a community that centers around our food trucks. They’re a place to gather with your friends; but more than that, they are a way for our locals and visitors to connect with business owners. Many food truck owners know their customers by name and vice versa. It’s a bond that keeps people coming back and encourages local support during even the most difficult times.
While some of our food truck locations are more obvious, like the Brownston Street Food Truck Market, there are some undercover goodies that will blow your mind – all you have to do is know where to find them.
So let us uncover some of our favourite food trucks in Wānaka.
If you’re in the centre of town, head to where Helwick St. meets Brownston St. and hang a left. Just a few hundred metres away is the old Brownston Street food truck lot. Here, you’ll find food truck new-kids-on-the-block like Trail Fuel and Burger Club. Trail Fuel has quick and wholesome food for an adventurous lifestyle, while Burger Club has recently become a contender for locals favourite burger.
Across the street, you’ll spot the oasis that is the newly-built Brownston Food Truck Market. Many of the Wānaka food truck OGs have since migrated here including Burrito Craft (mexican food favourites), Firebird (fried chicken connoisseurs) and Curbside Coffee & Bagels (a classic bagel and coffee stop). They were joined by newcomers Coco Hut and Waffle Press, among others.
This spot is absolutely gorgeous with fresh landscaping, picnic tables and the creek streaming through.
If you head back just past the Helwick/Brownston intersection, you’ll find two more of our favourite locations – Charlie Brown Crepes and The Coffee Shack. Charlie Brown brings French cuisine to the streets of Wānaka with the most incredible authentic crepes. And The Coffee Shack is an established local favourite, with National Barista Championship competitor Bonnie at the helm of the business.
If you find yourself heading out towards Gordon Road to stop in at one of our craft breweries, perhaps pay a visit to the new food truck neighbours out there. The Little Brewer coffee cart is impossible to miss. Bright purple and sat out front of the Wānaka Community Workshop, John will hook you up with excellent coffee and perhaps even better yarns.
Taking residence in Ground Up Brewing bay is The Wanaka Wich Project, an American-style sandwich truck serving up the likes of Philly steak sandwiches and hoagies, much to the delight of the North American expat community here in Wānaka.
Across town on Anderson road, you’ll find the Good Spot and the Dripping Bowl. Both are well known for incredible homemade snacks and meals, while also serving up a delicious cuppa. The Good Spot has the unofficial best cheese scone in Wānaka, while the Dripping Bowl makes their dishes with incredible fresh local produce.
And of course, we can’t forget our food truck faves out at Lake Hāwea. Blink-and-you-miss-it Mo’s coffee cart is tucked next to the Allied Petrol Station. Look for the giant mural painted on the side of the station and you’ve found your next cuppa.
And finally, if you head into The Camp Lake Hawea, you’ll find the Food Truck + Bar. With delicious breakfast and Good Joe coffee in the mornings and classic brewpub eats like wood-fired pizza and burgers for dinner, plus it’s fully licensed with local craft beers and wine!
There’s something really special about visiting a food truck, getting served by the owner themselves and walking away with a delicious meal or drink, knowing that you’ve supported an incredible small local business. In Wānaka, that feeling is ubiquitous within our food truck culture. So if you’re wondering where to eat in Wānaka, find your nearest truck!