Where to Dine Christmas Day in Queenstown

10 October 2019

Whilst Queenstown is a year-round destination, Christmas day offers very limited options for dining out, so if you are looking to take the pressure off and dine out for Christmas lunch or Christmas dinner, we would strongly suggest planning ahead and booking early…

Below we share our top suggestions for Christmas lunch or dinner in Queenstown 2019:

Photo:  The Grille by Eichardts

The Grille

With a stunning outlook over Lake Wakatipu, and a beautiful modern interior, The Grille is a fantastic choice and with a beautiful 3-course menu paired with a festive glass of bubbles on arrival this is a great choice for dining out on Christmas Day!

$130pp – 3 course Christmas meal + complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival

Book directly with The Grille via email here.


Enjoy the gorgeous peaceful setting of Millbrook Resort who are offering a buffet lunch in both their clubhouse and Pavillion. Millbrook are offering up traditional style roast meats, antipasto selections (is it even Christmas if you don’t eat your weight in cheese?!) and some gorgeous seafood options which are perfect for the summer climate. Dessert options feature the classics including a homemade Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.

You can take a look at the menu here. Lunch seatings 12pm-3pm in the clubhouse, 11:30am-3pm in the Pavillion. Dinner 5:30pm-9pm in both settings.

$139pp adults/$65pp child (<12 years) – all you can eat buffet.

For bookings, call Millbrook direct on  +64 (0)3 441 7000 ext 7518 or email here.


A local favourite, this gourmet buffet serves up high quality food and they are putting on a very special Christmas day dining experience. The thought of a buffet sends chills up some spines, but we can vouch for this one! The food is fab, fresh and features some firm favourites, so we expect high things of the Christmas offering.

If you enjoy a glass (or two…) with your Christmas meal, Bazaar are also offering a drinks package for complimentary house wines, beers and bubbles to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Seatings at 12pm-2pm, 3pm-5pm or 7:30pm til late.

$150pp Adults/$50pp Child for an all you can eat gourmet buffet. $30pp drinks package for house wines, beers and bubbles.

Book directly with Bazaar on +64 (0)3 450 1342 or email here.

Photo:  Bazaar Gorumet Buffet – The meat and roasting section

The Pier

Steamer wharf is a fantastic spot to overlook the lake, and watch the lady of the lake, The Earnslaw Steamship, come and go on the water. The Pier is open for Christmas lunch this year with a three course menu focusing on local kiwi produce and flavours. There are multiple choices for each course including one of our favourites – a kiwifruit Pavolvova!

Open as normal for dining – a holiday surcharge applies to costs.

Contact The Pier directly on +64 (0)3 442 4006 or email here

No5 Church Lane

This sophisticated and intimate restaurant offers fine dining in style for a Christmas lunch to remember. Think traditional seasonal favourites with a twist, and light fresh dishes, with this years menu based on the classic kiwi Christmas BBQ (with a plant based version also available) – perfect for the hot December sunshine. If you enjoy a little tipple with your Christmas meal, No5 offers a fantastic selection of gourmet cocktails to choose from.

The menu for Christmas lunch at No5 Church Lane can be found here.

Contact No5 Church lane directly via email here for reservations.

Photo:  No5 Church Lane

Wakatipu Grill @ The Hilton

Sunny Kelvin Heights is a great spot in summer, and Wakatipu Grill is a gorgeous restaurant located in The Hilton complex. This fine dining establishment has put together a three course menu to delight the tastebuds, and you may even be lucky enough to say hello to Santa, who takes some time out of his very busy Christmas Day to visit.

Lunch service 1pm-3pm.

$120pp adult / $30pp child for a three course meal and a complimentary glass of Cloudy Bay Pelorus on arrival.

Book directly with Hilton on +64 (0)3 450 9400 or email here.

The Boardwalk 

Queenstown’s newest restaurant is enjoying fantastic reviews, and one not to be overlooked.  Fine dining, a lakefront location, beautiful decor – the Christmas day menu looks fantastic, but this restaurant is also worth considering any day of your trip!

$125pp for a four course set meal with bread to start and a palate cleanser.

Contact The Boardwalk directly on +64 (0)3 442 4600 for reservations.