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New Zealand's South Island restaurants

New Zealand cuisine relies heavily on local, seasonally fresh (and often organically grown) produce: seafood like salmon, oysters, and green-lipped mussels; lamb and venison, and native fruits and vegetables like kumara (a kind of sweet potato), and feijoa (like a smaller, sweeter guava). Asian cuisine has had a big influence here, and the country's Maori culture has its own culinary traditions, like hangi (an earthen, stone-heated pit for cooking fish and meat). At many of the more remote fishing and mountain lodges, guests take all their meals on the premises.

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Amisfield Winery Bistro, Queenstown

The closest winery to Queenstown (it's about a 15-minute drive north), Amisfield is known for its pinot, riesling, and sauvignon blanc varietals. Tour the...more

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The Bunker, Queenstown

The best place to eat in Queenstown is also one of the hardest to find: This tiny, six-table establishment is hidden, speakeasy-style, down a side lane off Camp...more

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Herzog Winery & Restaurant, Blenheim

Widely considered the best restaurant in New Zealand, Herzog sits among the rolling vineyards of Blenheim, on the northeast coast just south of the Marlborough...more

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Saffron, Arrowtown

No less a tastemaker than Charlie Trotter has raved about the food at Saffron—so prepare to book your table weeks in advance. Occupying an unfussy...more

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Vie, Queenstown

In summertime, visitors have their choice of places to breakfast in Queenstown, but in winter, the pickings are slim. Vie, on the third floor of the Sofitel,...more

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