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Jan 24, 2010 04:25 AM

South Island recommendations?

I'll be traveling the South Island (of NZ, natch) in Feb for nearly three weeks, and would love any recommendations Chowhounds can give me for places to find interesting, exquisite or otherwise worthwhile chow. Thanks!

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  1. Fleur's Place in Moeraki just north of Dunedin is a given. Wonderful fish, vege from the garden in a shack in a small fishing village. In Christchurch I like Restaurant Schwass and The Twisted HOp for excellent English style microbrews.

    1. Highlights from recent SI trips for me would be:

      Felafel Gourmet in Nelson- super fresh and tasty!

      Splash out lunch at Pegasus Bay Winery
      great food, wine and setting

      cant remember the name of the cafes but there is some seriously good home baking to be eaten in Rangiora - real old school kiwi home baking

      and finally again in Nelson - probably the best pie I have had anywhere at Kapie

      Woudl love to try Fleurs Place as have the cookbook and it looks like its a real haven for great food.

      have fun on your trip.

      1. Two restaurants that we liked while holidaying and visiting family in the South Island:

        Les Alpes in Queenstown

        Merchants Restaurant in Christchurch

        1. I just returned to Kentucky from a trip to New Zealand and had a fabulous dinner at Botswana Butchery in Queenstown. I had the venison appetizer which was great and split the lamb shoulder roast for 2 which was tremendous. Amazing flavor and unbelievably tender. I had an OK seafood meal at the Boardwalk.

          1. Some of these are a bit out of the way but if you're traveling around

            Akaroa, for Blue Cod Fish & Chips try Truby's (a little bit hidden, ask around)

            Outside of Christchurch, in Mt. Somers, Stonechrubie, for excellent rack of lamb
   Also a nice place to stay

            Kinloch Lodge in Kinloch, if you're headed to the Routeburn track
            Again, a nice place to stay

            I second Amisfield and Fleur's.