We’ll be straight with you: there’s not many things we like more than wine. But cheese is up there. And a good cheeseboard is something we take very, very seriously. We’ve spent years exploring the very best of Queenstown’s sharing platters, and we’ve narrowed it down to our top five favourite cheeseboards, which we’ve included below.
Located on the waterfront by Steamer Wharf where the TSS Earnslaw (a 1912 Edwardian twin screw steamer) docks and departs from daily, is Little Blackwood: a craft cocktail bar known for its delicious cheeseboards and epic alpine views. Sit inside and listen to the lively band that plays every night, or venture outside to the heated deck and enjoy a glass of pinot as you watch the sunset paint The Remarkables in soft pink and blue hues.
Little Blackwood was recently named “Outstanding Bar of the Year” at the 2021 Queenstown Hospitality Awards.
$44-$59, all platters are served with Otago honeycomb, freshly picked grapes, kalamata olives, water crackers, sundried tomato pesto, babaganoush, and pear and fig chutney.
Nested in the heart of Queenstown located on the second and third floors of the historic Wilkinson building is Attiqa. With unmatched panoramic views across Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables, Attiqa is the ultimate year-round venue. In winter, get cosy around one of the many firepits and enjoy a cheeky mulled wine après ski. In summer, soak up the long sunny days, as the retractable roof opens, giving way to unobstructed views of the sunset, directly in front of the venue.
$28, selection of premium cheeses, chutneys, honeycomb, and crackers.
So, you’ve finished your Altitude Tour, but you still haven’t had your fill of delicious wines from the Central Otago region, and beyond? Well, The Winery has got you covered. With two convenient locations in Queenstown and Arrowtown, The Winery is the perfect place to extend your wine tasting experience. Home to the world’s largest tasting collecting of New Zealand wine, with up to 80 wines available to taste, you won’t miss a drop of what the region has to offer. Tired of tasting wine? Gin and whiskey tasting is also available.
$26-$42, a selection of four handcrafted Whitestone cheeses served with crackers, bread, honeycomb, quince paste, sundried tomato and olive chutney, dukkah, with the option to add on Italian salami and prosciutto.
The Winery Kinross
Kinross bistro restaurant and cellar door is in the heart of Gibbston Valley. Home to some of the most awarded and well-known wines in the region, Kinross is the perfect setting for light nibbles or a delicious dinner following your wine tour. Kinross is the official cellar door for five boutique Central Otago wineries —Coal Pit, Hawkshead, Valli and Wild Irishman, plus their very own Kinross label. The Kinross bistro is open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Or relax in the beautiful wine garden outdoors, where a roaring fire and canopy will keep you warm year-round.
$35, Oamaru Whitestone cheeses, Kinross legacy orchard preserve, dried fruit, quince paste, Otago honeycomb, home-made crackers.
In 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, Queenstown staple Fergburger went ahead with the planned expansion of its fourth brand (alongside Fergbaker and Mrs. Ferg) — Ferg’s Bar. Open from 7am until 2am Ferg’s Bar offers a full breakfast menu, plus shared plate dining as well as a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. Since opening in June 2020, Ferg’s Bar has become a staple of Queenstown’s dining scene.
$39, seasonal cheeses, quince, walnuts, grapes, pinot fig cranberry and poppy baguette, crusty bread, crackers.