There are a number of dining options when you stay at Glenorchy Lake House
Choose between a stunning drive around the head of the lake for a beautiful dinner at Kinloch Wilderness Retreat (winner of the Tripadvisor Excellence Award 2011-22), or take in some local flavour with casual dining in Glenorchy.
Daytime in Glenorchy
During the day you have a few options for meals. Given that many are small businesses they may not be open every day so it’s worth checking on google in advance if there’s somewhere specific you’d like to visit; many close on public holidays.
Down Mull St, the “town center” you’ll find the Glenorchy Hotel pub, serving all the classics, and opposite them Mr and Mrs Glen’s have a cafe and bar, serving food and drink all day. Closer to the house is Queenie’s Dumpling shop, serving dumplings, soups and rice dishes, with Friday night set aside for fish and chip takeaways.
Next to the lake house is The Trading Post, our small cafe and gift shop. Smoothies, organic fairtrade coffee, locally blended teas and juices, and drinks from the Karma drinks range are on offer, with made to order savoury options and plenty of sweet treats, all made at Kinloch. Try delicious ice cream from the Patagonia ice cream van, serving Queenstown made sorbets and gelato, at The Trading Post.
On the way into town you’ll pass Mrs Woolly’s General Store which has a variety of cabinet food and Fairly pies.
Dining at Kinloch
Across the lake, 26kms by road, you’ll find our parent business, Kinloch Wilderness Retreat, serving up delicious homemade food using local ingredients. Enjoy craft beers from Queenstown and Glenorchy, wines from central Otago, gins from Wanaka and much more. You can choose to dine on the deck with lake and mountain views, or cosy up in the restaurant.
If you’d prefer not to drive you could boat across with Queenstown Fishing. The trip across the lake is short but sweet with mountains towering above the lake, and the braided Dart and Rees rivers flowing into the head, starting their journey to the sea. Trips are subject to weather, daylight, availability and minimum numbers, please contact them on +64 021 904 462 or click here.
Evenings in Glenorchy
Glenorchy is much quieter in the evenings and a gentle stroll up the road brings you to the Glenorchy Hotel pub, at the crossroads, and Mr Glen’s opposite. The pub offers typical pub fare, while Mr. Glen’s offer Asian fusion, with some classics on the menu. Dine early to avoid disappointment, after 8pm typically only bar snacks are available.
A little further out, The Great Glenorchy Alpine Base Camp takes external bookings for their communal style dinners cooked over wood fires.