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Top Tables: Best Restaurants in New Zealand

New Zealand’s cities Auckland (on the North Island) and Queenstown (on the South Island) are home to several restaurants we recommend to nearly every visitor. Here are our favorites.

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Best Restaurants in Auckland

Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar

Within walking distance of the Sky Tower, Depot has a menu of small plates designed to be shared. 88 Federal St.


Cool Japanese izakaya restaurant in the Britomart, one of the city’s liveliest shopping areas. 116-118 Quay St.

St Heliers Bay Café

Local favorite for weekend brunch, across the street from a beach, a 25-minute drive outside Auckland. 387 Hamaki Dr.

Best Restaurants in Queenstown, New Zealand

Botswana Butchery

One of Queenstown’s most stylish restaurants, housed in a historic cottage by the lake. The menu is meat-focused, but also has some nice seafood dishes. 17 Marine Parade


Queenstown’s answer to New York’s Shake Shack, serving burgers that have a similar cult following. There’s limited seating inside the casual burger joint and some more out front. 42 Shotover St.


Modern dining room and an often-changing menu that innovates New Zealand classics. 43 Ballarat St.

The Winery

Sample some 80 different New Zealand wines by the glass at this spacious wine bar/shop in walking distance to Eichardt’s. Charcuterie and cheese platters are served as well. 14 Beach St.

Vudu Café

Everyone’s favorite morning coffee comes from Vudu, in walking distance to Eichardt’s. There are piles of homemade pastries, and Fair-Trade coffee and teas. 23 Beach St.

Best Restaurants Outside of Queenstown, New Zealand

Arrowtown Bakery & Café

Come here for some of the region’s best savory pies; particularly lamb and mint is a winner. 1 Buckingham St.

Published onJuly 20, 2022

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