Queenstown in New Zealand’s Stunning South Island has no shortage of fine dining establishments, but sometimes the only thing that can satisfy your hunger pangs is a really good pizza. Luckily when you are in The Adventure Capital Of The World, Winnies Queenstown has you covered. Winnies Gourmet Pizza Bar has been serving up pizza in Queenstown ‘since forever’ and is well worth a visit. Read on for all the details of my Queenstown pizza fix …
About Winnies Queenstown Pizza Bar
Winnies Gourmet Pizza Bar is located in Queenstown’s central pedestrian mall just minutes from the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Take the red stairs next to the Ballarat Trading Company that lead upwards from the cobbled path. The inauspicious entrance belies the space above and as you ascend the roomy rustic dining room appears. It was a quiet weekday lunchtime when we visited and we had our choice of tables. We decided to sit towards the front just behind the popular sun-drenched balcony. The booths at the rear of the restaurant would have been ideal for a bigger group and I could see myself settling into the casual bar area if we visited just for drinks. As I explored the interior I was intrigued by the eclectic mix of decorations. Winnies has managed to throw together plane propellers, wooden oars and vintage American signs and somehow make it work. One of Winnies Queenstown’s most unusual features is the opening roof. Queenstown is known for unpredictable weather and the innovative roof can be closed just as quickly as brilliant sunshine can be replaced by a downpour. It was open on the summer day that we visited and sunlight streamed over the comfy leather chairs surrounding the stone fireplace. I imagine it would be equally as inviting on a chilly winter evening with a roaring fire blazing. Winnies Queenstown pride themselves on providing a relaxed, fun dining experience and they certainly delivered, but after dark Winnies Queenstown transforms from a pizza parlour to a happening bar. Locals and visitors alike head to Winnies to drink and dance the night away. Come for the pizza and stay for the party!
Winnies Pizza Queenstown Menus
Winnies Queenstown claims to serve up ‘world famous gourmet pizza’. I can’t say that I had heard of Winnie’s before we visited, but I’m certainly glad we found them. The large laminated menus are a little tricky to wrangle on a small table, but this was quickly forgotten as I lost myself in the extensive range of pizzas. I’ve visited many restaurants where I have thought to myself ‘yeah I could eat here’ when I’ve spied a few things I like featured on the menu. Winnies Queenstown was not like that. I could order practically everything on the menu. Without modifications! Choosing was a real conundrum. If you find yourself in the same boat, order a starter (or two) while you do your thinking. The Mac’n’Cheese bites are right up my alley and remind me of the toppers at Goodtime Burgers, but you might prefer some brushetta, arancini or green lipped mussels. I’ve eaten pizza in many places around the world on my travels and I find Queenstown pizza menus tend push the boundaries. The Hubs and I wished we had a bunch of friends in tow so that we could order a variety and try a slice of them all, but it was not to be. The Zucha, Moroccan Lamb and Tandoori Chicken pizzas all vied for our attention. Winnies’ pizzas comes in three sizes starting at NZD$17.75 for a small traditional pizza and topping out at NZD$38.75 for a large gourmet. Eight pizzas on the menu are gluten free when you add a special base for an extra NZD$4 (medium size only). If pizza is not your style, check out Winnies Queenstown’s soups, salads, burgers, pasta, wings and steaks. We noticed when we dined at The London Queenstown that Kiwi’s tend to add chicken to their carbonara and Winnies offers this option for an extra $6. If you have a sweet tooth, take a look at Winnies Queenstown’s dessert menu. The brownie and sundae will satisfy traditional tastes, but why not try the dessert pizza for something a little different. Queenstown’s littlest diners are not forgotten with a tight kids menu that features all their favourites and comes with a drink.
What We Ate At Winnies Queenstown Gourmet Pizza Bar
We had no intention of dining at Winnies Queenstown when we headed out the door for lunch during our recent road trip around New Zealand’s South Island. We had planned to dine at Fergburger, but when we arrived the queue snaked half way up the road and I was starving. The Hubs can’t handle me when I am hangry and he suggested we go elsewhere. I reluctantly agreed and dragged my feet as I followed his decisive stride away from Queenstown’s most famous burger joint. We found ourselves in Queenstown Mall a few minutes later surrounded by restaurants. We checked out the street side menus at The Ballarat Trading Company, The Fat Lamb, Toro and Madame Woo before deciding Winnies Queenstown was for us. We had initially decided to share a medium pizza and an entree, but we simply couldn’t agree on a single pizza. The large (10 slices) pizza is the only size that can be ordered half ‘n’ half (additional NZD$3), so it was that or two smalls. Value won out and we opted for a large half Zucha (me) and half Moroccan Lamb (The Hubs). I ordered a large glass (250ml NZD$13) of Kopiko Bay Sauvingnon Blanc and The Hubs ordered a bottle of Sol (NSD$9.50). We were both on to our second drink by the time our pizza arrived. When it hit the table we both smiled in delight. The visual appeal was matched by the flavour. The hero of my Zucha pizza was the combination of soft feta charred to perfection and crispy almonds and The Hubs loved the fresh minty yoghurt drizzled over his spicy lamb.
Winnies Queenstown Specials & Offers
Winnies Queenstown often has offers and specials. If you are visiting as a family the Feed the Family deal is perfect for you. For just $60 you get a medium pizza, a side of fries or salad, two house drinks for the parents and two kids meals which each come with a drink. If liquid sustenance is more to your liking try one of the $5 vodka skittle shots or head in after 10pm of Tuesday for $6 Tequila specials. If you are dining at lunchtime be sure to ask what the $12 special of the day is. I also noticed a $5 off voucher on the Queenstown map that the Melbourne Lodge Queenstown (book through Agoda for the best rates!) handed us when we checked in. If your accommodation doesn’t give you one ask for it before you visit Winnies Queenstown. When you are done with your pizza fix why not wander over to The Winery Queenstown. With over 80 wines on offer for tasting, it’s the perfect place to finish off a great night.
Have you been to Queenstown lately? I’d love to hear about your favourite restaurants in the comments below.
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