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Cuisine Top Restaurants List

One of New Zealand’s top food magazines, ‘Cuisine Magazine‘, announced their top 100 New Zealand restaurants on Monday. No less than three local Wanaka restaurants made it onto the list. Per capita, this has to allow Wanaka to claim the title of ‘Food Capital of New Zealand’. Even if this title has not been publicly claimed, we believe that it is true! Wanaka’s restaurant scene has taken off in the last 10 years with the introduction of many world-class, award-winning eateries and it was fantastic news to see three of them recognised this week.


“Owned and operated by award-winning chef James Stapley, kika is a restaurant in the lively town of Wanaka, New Zealand. Led by talented chef, Matt Brock, we take inspiration from global flavours to deliver innovative sharing style plates in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. A carefully curated wine list with a mix of local and international varietals complements our eclectic style. Our menu changes with the seasons and we’re always searching out new and interesting produce.”


Bistro Gentil

“Led by Head Chef Mario Rodrigues, we revisit typical flavour combinations using fresh seasonal ingredients from our kitchen garden and the best of our region. Our menus combine the best of New Zealand produce cooked French style – à la française, with a modern twist. Join us to sample house-made spreads and wines rarely offered by the glass. In addition to our carefully selected wine list, we offer sixteen wines by the glass, half glass and tasters through our Enomatic self-dispensing wine machines.”



“Ode was created as a space for us to connect with and live our truths, to collaborate, to grow and generate change. We care about and respect our environment and our communities and are conscious of the impact our choices have on them and their long-term wellbeing. Our food is innovative & progressive and like nature, ever evolving. Ode is a place for you to experience your environment through food. Food is our art form and each plate is an ode – to the earth, to family, to the present, the future & all that has lead us to this point. Ode is here to be enjoyed together in a place we are stoked to share with you.”

This proves that Wanaka is not only a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and ski fanatics but also a food connoisseurs paradise. Come and sample some of New Zealand’s best restaurants in the stunning location of Wanaka, New Zealand, amongst the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps.

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