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Top 5 Lunch Locations in Wanaka, NZ

Posted by Release Wanaka on February 26, 2019

Release Wanaka’s Top 5 – Lunch

It is lunchtime in Wanaka and the choice is overwhelming. Here are a few of our favourites for you to go and try. So grab some friends and head out for a long leisurely lunch, maybe it will lead to some pre-dinner drinks (our next blog!)

1/ Big Fig Wanaka 

“Slow food served fast” is how they describe this extremely popular restaurant in the centre of Wanaka. This funky restaurant has seating inside and out and serves the best coffee in town (ok, 'one' of the best coffee's!). “We have a changing menu of slow-cooked meat like lamb shawarma and pomegranate beef cheeks, sweet spicy tangy meatballs, free-range rotisserie chickens, yummy vegetarian and vegan tagines, gratins, pilafs, stuffed veggies, stews, and braises. Our salads are grainy and greenie, roasty and tasty, herb-filled and jammed with flavour.” - rumbling tummy alert!!

2/ Hook

Newly opened, Hook, is not just a restaurant but an experience. If you are a fan of Salmon then this is the place to go – Sashimi / Hot Smoked / Cold Smoked, they will prepare it however you like it. Grab a rod and head over to the purpose built lake to catch your lunch, “From Lake to Plate” in a matter of minutes. "Located in Wanaka, right at the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Lakes, Hook is a place where everyone is welcomed to enjoy Wanaka’s stunning alpine setting in comfort and with ease."      

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3/ Cardrona Hotel

This has to be one of the best beer gardens in the area. Beautiful established gardens surround this historic hotel, providing a peaceful, spacious setting to relax and enjoy a local beer and lunch. There is plenty of room for the children to run around and the outdoor fire in the winter is real draw card. "Rumoured to be the most photographed building in New Zealand, the historic facade hides an award-winning restaurant, legendary beer garden and charming hotel rooms with an atmosphere second-to-none. "

Cardrona Hotel NZ

4/  Double Black

If you are out and about, maybe on your bike, then stop by Albert Town and visit the team at Double Black. Serving delicious food and awesome coffee, this is a popular spot for the locals. With dishes like the “Asian Pork Benny” and the “The Double Black Original Hash”, it is a place not to be missed on your culinary search around Wanaka. "The perfect pit stop! There are a number of walking and bike tracks near us. Located only a five minute walk from Wanaka's famous Mt Iron walking track - why not drop in for a refreshment or bite to eat? Ample parking also available!"

5/ Burrito Craft

One of the many food trucks in town, Burrito Craft offers a tasty meal that can be enjoyed by the lake. With the choice of Burritos or Tacos filled with your choice of meats or vegetables, this is the perfect lunch for a hit of Mexican flavour and a kick of chilli! You can phone your order ahead, grab it and head to one of the many idyllic spots around Wanaka. A flavourful take away lunch that the whole family can enjoy!

Photo from Lake Wanaka Tourism

This is just a small selection of some of the fantastic places to eat we have here in Wanaka, New Zealand. There are many, many more to sample and Release Wanaka guests have access to local advice and recommendations via our Wanaka based team. You can contact us here to become a Release Wanaka guest.