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    The Cow

    3 reviews

    Built into a former cow milking shed at the end of Cow Lane in central Queenstown - The Cow is a local institution. Their menu hasn't changed since the 70's and that's a good thing. Great pizza and an atmosphere that's best described as cramped, forced socializing, dark and bump-your-head low ceilings - and that's a good thing too.

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  • 2


    132 Cuba Street, Te Aro 6011, New Zealand
    3 reviews

    Great cafe on Cuba Street! Just stopped in for a quick coffee break but really nice to get the coffee shop vibe on the hippest street in Wellington.

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  • 3

    Q Lounge Pool Bar

    53 Shotover Street
    1 review

    It's a hip place. Popular for not only tourists but locals. If you like pool tables, this is a good place to hangout. Cozy atmosphere! I enjoyed the open mic night.

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  • 4

    Vudu Cafe

    23 Beach St, Queenstown 9197, New Zealand
    4 reviews

    Vudu is a Queenstown instantiation with great coffee and a great selection of treats under glass. Priding themselves on espresso wizardry you owe yourself a jolt of the hard stuff - step in, wake up.

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  • 5


    42 Shotover Street, Queenstown Town Centre 9300, New Zealand
    21 reviews

    Fergburger is a must in Queenstown. With burgers large enough to rival super-sized American cuisine, and a line that files out the door all day every day, "The Ferg" is beloved by locals and tourists alike. Slap down the $11-18 (depending on your choice of meat) and bite into a burger monster. Then dare your friends and comrades to see ...

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  • 6

    Lambretta's Cafe Bar

    204 Hardy Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand

    Groovy scooter inspired art populates the walls in this hip Nelson restaurant / cafe. Awesome pizza and a cool vibe all add to the atmosphere. Great coffee too!

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  • 7

    Cookie Time Queenstown Shop

    18 Camp Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
    1 review

    Giant, deliciously fresh, homemade cookies of all flavors - best served with a glass of cold milk. Being on the road for so long, I found particular enjoyment in these; they add a wonderful touch of home comfort when you're traveling. My favorite was the peanut butter chunk chocolate chip. To DIE for.

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  • 8

    Casita Miro

    3 Brown Rd, Onetangi, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
    1 review
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  • 9


    Skyline Gondola Brecon Street, Queenstown, Otago 9300, New Zealand
    11 reviews

    The view from up here is the most beautiful in the world.. Go on a sunny day.. U'll probably stare at the view for a good 2 hours

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  • 10


    Queenstown, New Zealand
    5 reviews

    With these views, you never want to go out of here. Take the seats near the windows or the ones near the restaurant to listen to the live band.

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  • 11


    214 Dominion Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
    5 reviews

    Coming from America, I found the burgers dry and overcooked. The flavors and variety of toppings were great. It's also pricey by US standards for a burger. Fries are extra.

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  • 12

    The Occidental

    6/8 Vulcan Lane, Auckland, New Zealand
    5 reviews

    This is one of the best Belgium restaurant I had been too. Mussels are deliciously prepared and the beers are amazing!

  • 13

    Botswana Butchery Queenstown

    17 Marine Parade, Queenstown East 9300, New Zealand
    5 reviews

    Commanding a great view over the lake this fine dining establishment has the goods. The food, mostly traditional kiwi-fare with a infused Pacific and Asian influence is outstanding. The wine list is vast and the atmosphere is classy, crisp and worth the upmarket price tag.

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    At Thai Restaurant

    8 Church street, Level 3, Queenstown 9438, New Zealand
    4 reviews

    Great Thai food to be found here in this hard(ish) to find eatery. The Pad Thai is pretty good and the curries are awesome - nice atmosphere and cool folks behind the bar.

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    Memphis Belle Coffee House

    Corner of Dixon St and Te Aro Park, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand
    4 reviews

    Memphis Belle is Flight Coffee's nerdy hub in Wellington, and they've been raking in the awards: Best ethically traded coffee in New Zealand - NZ Coffee Awards 2011-2012 Best Cafe in Wellington - Capital Awards 2011 Best Cafe in Wellington - Capital Times 2010 & 2011 Best Barista in Wellington - Capital Times 2011 Best Barista in Wellington - World ...

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  • 16

    Francesca's Italian Kitchen

    93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
    2 reviews

    Amazing Italian restaurant!

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  • 17

    PR's Cafe

    128-132 Palmerston Street, Westport, New Zealand
    2 reviews
  • 18

    Joe's Garage

    Searle Lane, Queenstown Town Centre 9300, New Zealand
    2 reviews

    Joe's is a local favourite and a great place to get caffeined up for the day. Killer coffee and great breakfasts are the go. It's hectic, busy and slightly chaotic - but that's half the charm.

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  • 19

    Monsoon Poon Auckland

    Downtown Carpark Ground Floor/11-27 Customs Street West, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    3 reviews

    Firecracker Chicken + Tiger on Tap = Superior grub and subs. At first you want to think this is too trendy, or too fusion but no matter how much you fight it, its just too good. Food is varied and awesome, in Lily White New Zealand, I always see a rainbow of colors when I eat at a Monsoon Poon. ...

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    Post office cafe

    Ballarat Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
    3 reviews

    great place for an espresso and a slice - you've got mail!

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