The Ferry Bed and Breakfast

The Ferry Bed and Breakfast

5 Historic Places to Dine Out

Queenstown and Arrowtown are full of wonderful places to eat, everything is available from a simple take away to a lavish degustation menu.

Since you have chosen to stay at the Ferry Bed and Breakfast, we thought it’s only fitting to try and sample more of Queenstown and Central Otago’s rich history, by dinning in one of these excellent places that have also played a huge part in the local history.

Cargo at Gantleys

This beautiful stone and wood structure was built in 1863 for Queenstown’s first policeman Patrick Gantley. Sadly, the building fell into disrepair after Patrick died and was used to store hay until 1970 when it was restored and renamed The Packers Arms, before regaining the Gantley name in 1993.

It is now operated by Cargo Brewery and is fast becoming a local favourite in Arthurs Point, take the scenic back road only 10minutes drive from The Ferry Bed & Breakfast.

In summer Gantley’s offers a large, grassy beer garden and in winter it is the perfect place to visit for Après ski given its location at the bottom of Coronet Peak ski field

People drinking at Cargo Brewery

Postmasters Cottage Cafe

This historic cottage, now lovingly restored as a café, restaurant was once home to the town’s Postmaster. Originally built in 1873, its old-world charm, complete with horse-hitching post, picket fence, beautiful gardens and hanging wisteria, has made it one of Arrowtown’s most photographed buildings. Only 15minute drive from The Ferry Bed & Breakfast, this has long been one of our top recommended restaurants for our guests to dine.
Postmasters Cottage Cafe

The Cow

The Cow has been operating from its historic premises since 1977, making it Queenstown’s oldest continuously operating restaurant. Situated in Cow Lane, the stone barn housed cows which used to wander down the lane for daily milking.

A true Queenstown institution, The Cow’s rustic ambience and delicious fresh food has been a favourite of locals and visitors alike for over 40 years.

The Cow is located in Queenstown’s CBD approximately 15 minutes drive from The Ferry Bed & Breakfast.

Inside of The Cow restaurant in Queenstown

The Grille at Eichardt’s

From a woolshed on the shores of Lake Wakatipu to a luxury hotel. The history of this building goes right back to when Queenstown was originally settled in 1862 by William Gilbert Rees.

In early 1866, Rees entered into partnership with Albert Eichardt, who went on to become the sole proprietor of the hotel by 1869.

Interesting fact, Eichardt’s was the first building to have electricity in Queenstown.

Eichardt’s operates a selection of food & beverage outlets from within the hotel, our recommendation is trying The Grille. The hotel & restaurant is located in Queenstown’s CBD approximately 15 minutes drive from our accommodation.

Old photo of The Grille by Eichardt’s Queenstown

The Cardrona Hotel

Established in 1863, the Cardrona Hotel is one of New Zealand’s oldest hotels, and is one of only two remaining buildings from the Cardrona Valley gold rush era.

The Cardorna offers a great kiwi pub atmosphere, with a fantastic beer garden. Made famous for its appearance by Speights Brewery using it in one of their ad campaigns.

The pub is located half way between Queenstown and Wanaka, which is approximately a 30minute drive from The Ferry Bed & Breakfast over the Crown Range. We highly recommend taking a day trip to Wanaka stopping off at the Cardrona for either lunch or dinner.

Entrance to Cardrona Hotel
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