South Island Spotlight: Food

South Island Spotlight: Food

Taste your way around New Zealand’s South Island, boasting a diverse world class food industry with a paddock to plate philosophy.

Whatever pleases your palette, the south will open a world of discovery with each plate.


Lamb is not only a Kiwi favourite but one of the country’s top export meats, held in high esteem across the globe.

There is no better place to try this succulent and tender meat for yourself than at Wanaka Gourmet Kitchen. They know how to make the meat shine with their signature dish, the Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, using locally sourced Te Mana slow roasted lamb on a sizzler plate with roasted root vegetables, cabbage and bacon medley, mint jelly and a lamb glaze.


With rich volcanic soil, a unique climate and clear atmosphere, the Akaroa region is renowned for its fresh produce.

Robinsons Bay Olive Oil has put the region firmly on the map as one of the finest oils in the world. With seven different varieties of Olives in their grove, the award winning business also has three selections of table olives that can all be purchased at Akaroa Butchery.


Queenstown’s Valley of Vines may be renowned for wine, but some of the best cheese on offer can also be found here.

Situated high in the southern mountains, Gibbston Valley Cheese specialises in handcrafted cow, goat and sheep varieties in the style of brie, camembert, blue, cheddar, gouda and Havarti. Enjoy complimentary tastings or indulge in a platter overlooking the vineyard.


If you love fresh fish, you have come to the right place. Rakaia is the Salmon capital of New Zealand and attracts anglers from across the globe all year round.

If you want to skip the fishing bit and get straight to enjoying the catch, head to the Railway Tavern, a local favourite that serves up delicious, fresh and locally sourced salmon.

Feeling hungry? These foodie highlights are all just a short drive from Classic Club Properties on New Zealand’s South Island. Give us a call today to arrange your next adventure in New Zealand.


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