A local food lovers guide to Wanaka

After a day of sight-seeing, visiting family or climbing Roy’s Peak, Wanaka offers a great selection of restaurants, cafes and bars scattered around the town. If you’ve just moved to Wanaka or are thinking about making the move, here are some dining places the locals like to eat and say you can’t miss whilst in Wanaka. Get in on the local’s hidden favourites and prepare your taste buds for an incredible experience.

Any time of the day

Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at Wanaka’s Federal Diner – a local secret during the busier times of the year with bustling lakefront crowds. The Federal Diner prides itself on ethically sourcing the highest quality ingredients. Guaranteed to suit the whole family and dietary requirements.

Big Fig is another local favourite, offering a point of difference specialising in slow cooked dishes packed full of flavour. An extensive menu is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner and perfect for a quick and refuelling meal.

A slice of Italy

Experience the colours, aromas and flavours of authentic Italian dishes at Francesca’s Italian Kitchen, a beloved restaurant of the Wanaka locals. Presenting classic Italian cuisine and fresh homemade pasta- if you’re looking for dinner be sure to book!


For big or small meals a sharing restaurant is a great option for two or larger groups. Wanaka’s award-winning Kika offers an Indian style tapas, tucked away from the main street- another local secret. This restaurant and bar takes a modern approach and focuses on the highest quality dishes.

Classic café

If you’re walking down the main street of Wanaka and are stuck for ideas, stop in at Relishes Café located on Wanaka’s waterfront. This café offers a great menu selection and caters to dietary requirements. Bring the kids along and refuel before taking off on your next adventure.