I went to Rata for a meal in Queenstown. Rata is owned by Josh Emmett who is a judge on Masterchef New Zealand. The room was very dark. The food was very arty-looking.
Below: salmon entree
I also went to nearby Arrowtown and had a roast pork meal at New Orleans pub. Whenever I'm on holiday, I get a wild craving for a roast meal. Doesn't matter if the weather is boiling hot, I have to locate a homely roast meal. I sat on the outside deck in the sun, and truly enjoyed my lunch. Great value for money and such a change from some restaurants in Queenstown that gave me what looked like a little squirt of food on a massive plate - if it was put on a smaller plate, the food would look sufficient and I wouldn't feel as if I was being had. Below, New Orleans scrumptious meal, with crackling.
In Arrowtown, went for a bush walk beside the Arrow River. A wonderful safe hour long loop walk.