Queenstown, South Island

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Public Kitchen and Bar Queenstown - lakeside dining

Public Kitchen and Bar Queenstown - outdoor, lakeside dining

Public Kitchen and Bar Queenstown - sticky pork belly sticks

Public Kitchen and Bar Queenstown - delicious food, designed to be shared

Public Kitchen and Bar Queenstown - calamari

Public Kitchen and Bar Queenstown - absolute lakeside dining

Public Kitchen and Bar

Serving good, honest kiwi fare that’s designed to be shared – our innovative menu offers so much choice you’ll have no worries pleasing the whole family!  Sample and share an assortment of plates and enjoy our delectable desserts! What better way to bring the family together than around the table at Public Kitchen? 

Welcome to absolute lakeside dining at the closest restaurant to the water! 

Enjoy the convivial atmosphere of Public Kitchen, watch the steamship TSS Earnslaw come and go on the lake, right outside and be assured, you'll be in a fun, relaxed, buzzy environment that will top off your day!

What better way to bring the family together round the table?!

Serving good, honest kiwi fare that’s designed to be shared – our innovative menu offers so much choice you’ll have no worries pleasing the whole family! 

Sample and share an assortment of plates and enjoy our delectable desserts! 

What better way to bring the family together than around the table at Public Kitchen? 

Good honest Kiwi fare sourced locally and designed to bring people together is the key concept behind Public Kitchen & Bar, Queenstown. The newest offering by acclaimed restaurant group Wai Dining, Public Kitchen and Bar is well worth a visit when you are next visiting Queenstown. Offering exceptional local cuisine Public Kitchen is all about sharing dishes of local produce caught in the hills, farmed down the road or caught off the coast.

Whether it’s a local Queenstown beer at the bar with a groper slider from the snack menu, dinner in one of the cosy wall booths with friends sharing a Chicken Kiev, slow roasted beef cheeks and the must have pavlova or outside on the terrace soaking up the stunning views with a cocktail in hand! Wrapped up in a cosy woollen blanket you won’t know it’s winter!

The closest restaurant to the lake in the classy Steamer Wharf entertainment precinct Public Kitchen is Open daily from midday for a relaxing lunch, bar grazing, casual drinks, exceptional cocktails and shared dining.

Sample menu items 

* sticky pork belly sticks * chickpea chips * squid rings * smoked cod croquettes * lamb kofta

* Martys handmade sausage with lentil sauce  * duck pancakes * char-grilled vegetable and filo tart * lemon and thyme chicken * chicken kiev  * coconut ceviche * venison osso buco

* braised beef cheeks w roasted cauliflower * pork loin w honey * green-lipped mussels and southern clams * Stewart Island blue cod  * Salmon and fried capers

See full menu here >>

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Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.