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Jul 9, 2011 08:55 AM

NZ South Island

Hi guys,

my boyfriend and I are visiting New Zealand flying in to Christchurch 29th of dec 2011, driving down to Queenstown celebrating New Years getting helicoptered somewhere remote and hopefully get a fully stocked picnic basket preferably catered by a fantastic restaurant in the area. Does anybody have any suggestions for us.

Also would we be interested in tips on anything fantastic from food stall, markets, cafe and fine dining in:

Christchurch or surrounding area
Queenstown or surrounding area
Milford sound
Route from Queenstown to Wanaka to Fox glaciers

Thank you so much in advance for your suggestions or help

Ole & Aletha

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  1. Hi guys, you'll find that these areas are quite well covered so you should read back through the Board for most of the areas you are visiting.

    The only major change would be the situation in Christchurch, with many restaurants closed. I assume you won't be staying in Christchurch anyway.

    1. Hi Ole & Aletha,

      Here are some recommendations for places you will find on your way:
      - Riccarton Buch market (Saturdays only, I think ) in ChCh
      - Verde cafe in Geraldine (excellent home made quiches, sandwiches, cakes etc)
      - Eat Deli and Bar in Fairlie
      - Fat Albert Smoke House near Fairlie
      - avoid eating in Tekapo - just stop for the beautiful church on the lake shore
      - there are plenty of top wineries on the way in to Queenstown. Gibbston Valley is righly popular and now has a cheesery next door. The food at Amihurst is first rate.
      - Fergburger in Queenstown loves up to its repuation - watch for the mad lunchtime ruch through
      - there aren't many options at Milford Sound itself, Te Anau has more
      - Cardrona hotel between QT and Wanaka (if you go via the Crown range) is a historic pub, food is OK too
      - Craypot Cafe at Jackson Bay (near Haast, between Wanaka and the glaciers)


      1. Queenstown is a great place for food wine. Top of our list is Amisfield Vineyard and Bistro. Beautiful setting, consistenly top notch food, great wine. Also had a great meal at Mt Difficulty Vineyard about 30 minutes away in Bannockburn. In Queenstown itself have eaten at Flame (nice ribs), Wai Waterfront (decent standard, probably overpriced) but never braved the lines at Fergburger.

        Did the drive from Queenstown to Fox via Wanaka last year. The scenery will more than make up for the lack of dining options. Stock up before you leave Queenstown and have a picnic somewhere glorious. Same goes for Milford Sound - there's "nothing" there...... apart from really incredible scenery.