Five Queenstown restaurants for the whole family
Drinking and dining in Queenstown doesn’t have to start and end with vineyard restaurants, especially when the whole family is in tow. But there are still plenty of options between the vines if you are looking.
My last visit to the Adventure Capital involved a long lunch where the hills and the retired tractor proved to be more exciting for our two year old than the multiple courses of exquisite cuisine – oyster stuffed sheep bird included .
Hope you don’t have to swap the taste for excessive textures of sugar, salt, and cardboard when dining with the younger ones. Between Glenorchy, Queenstown, Frankton and Arrowtown, you can sit in an Italian restaurant for fresh pastries, a cheap and cheerful taqueria for delicious tacos, and a beer garden with its own trampoline.
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Afternoons in the sun should be spent at Cargo Brewery’s Cellar Door on the edge of the Gibbston Valley. The picturesque location has acres of green space to walk around and hang out with a glass of Cargo beer or Bald Hills wine in hand. The kitchen will sort you out with a range of plates, pizzas and salads.
Sit in the restored Wangaloa Presbyterian Church, built in 1894, or stay outside in the beer garden where family activities like volleyball, cricket, soccer, croquet and badminton will entertain any holiday season. for hours. In addition, the space has its own trampoline area.
Partner site Cargo at Gantley’s is located one minute from the bottom of the Coronet ski area, making it the perfect place to visit for après-ski in winter. During the warmer months, it offers a large, grassy beer garden with bean bags for lounging. See: cargobrewery.co.nz
You don’t need to stay at this hotel to dine at the on-site restaurant, although direct room reservations come with a bonus food and drink credit. Located on the hillside and heading to Queenstown Township, the Sherwood sits in the bones of a 1980s inn.
When the site was taken over, the owners cleared arid land to create a large vegetable garden to provide seasonal fruits and vegetables. The touch of freshness is evident in the restaurant’s spectacular menu.
For breakfast you’ll find slow-cooked eggs, oatmeal topped with rhubarb and sour cream, plus a brioche breakfast filled with bacon and a fried egg. Wood-fired flatbreads are perfect for sharing with the whole family and are filled with all kinds of toppings.
Younger guests will enjoy the smoked fish cakes, twice-baked potatoes and chocolate fondant, while the more extravagant and ever-changing dishes include Jerusalem artichoke agnolotti, pāua bolognese and shoulder of lamb. .
There is plenty of space here to accommodate the whole whānau, including plush booths where your ankle biters will have no way of escaping to disturb other diners. See: sherwoodqueenstown.nz
Terra Mia Italian Traditional
Halfway down Arrowtown’s scenic main road is this unassuming Italian restaurant where it’s not the end of the world if you spill something on the tables covered in red and white cloth.
Stop by before noon to sip Italian espresso with sweet cannoli and delicious ricotta-filled sfogliatelle. Ordering from the cupboard also means you’ll be eating and going in no time at all.
If you have more free time before the onset of a seizure, then it’s worth reserving for lunch or dinner to enjoy wood-fired pizza, homemade pasta, and the popular arancini dumplings. It would be rude not to end with a serving of tiramisu.
And if patience is thin, Arrowtown’s Buckingham Green is right next to the restaurant, offering a small grassy area and a stone wall to help burn off some energy. Be sure to stop by the nearby Terra Mia Italian store to complete your selection of wines, spirits, and pantry items. See: facebook.com/TerraMia.Arrowtown.nz
From its humble beginnings as a food truck built on the front lawn of cousin owners Ant and Robbie, Taco Medic has expanded to include two locations in Queenstown.
The couple’s first taqueria is in Queenstown’s lane, Searle Lane. Here, visitors can dine at the sit-down bar and watch corn tortillas rolled from scratch and filled with fresh ingredients. The Frankton site is a larger venue suitable for sit-down dinners and groups.
Both places offer 100% gluten-free menus, including headlining tacos filled with fried fish and simmered meats, as well as sides of fried chicken and nachos.
Those looking to feed a hungry family group come up with deals like a 20 tacos pack or meals for four to six diners. Happy hour taco slings every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wash it all down with a frozen margarita. See: tacomedic.co.nz
Big Badger Pizza
Order wisely here or you’ll eat pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the next day. Fat Badger’s 20 inch giant pizzas can easily feed an entire family of four.
Brothers Anthony and David initially started the business with five New York-style pizzas on the menu. It quickly turned into 10, and then finally into 20 different flavors. There are classics like the margherita, vegetarian, and Hawaiian, while the pepperoni is topped with over 70 slices of spicy cold cuts.
Cheese lovers will enjoy the pizza topped with cheddar, mozzarella, feta, ricotta and parmesan, while those who love fast food should opt for The McBadger, a burger-pizza frankencreation made with ground beef, cheese, onion, iceberg lettuce and “special McBadger sauce”.
Kids will enjoy watching the chefs juggle the dough and decipher the names of the pizzas in the originals section of the menu. Some included: The Arnold Schwarzebadger, Get Badger To The Greek, Julius Badger, and The Scratching Badger.
Order hot wings and poutine to fill your meal, and a liter of cold beer “Badger Bowl” to wash it all away. See: fatbadgerspizza.com
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