Vegan in Queenstown – Your Vegan Food Guide to Queenstown

by Katja Kaven

Queenstown has something to offer for everyone; hikers, bikers, partygoers, action seekers, and – you guessed it – vegans as well. You won’t go hungry as a vegan in Queenstown! If you are looking for things to do in Queenstown, check out my blog post on the best walks in New Zealand. Two of them are located in or not too far away from Queenstown.

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Fergburger – Vegan Burger in Queenstown

First things first, just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on on the famous Fergburgers. Fergburger is probably the most popular takeaway in Queenstown. They have two vegetarian options that you can easily veganize; the Holier Than Thou (my favorite) and the Ferg-lafel. Just leave out the aioli (and the yogurt) and you’re good to go. If you tell the staff that you’re vegan, they’ll give you some other options for the sauce. I would recommend the Mango Chutney!

Vegan Fergburger by Lake Wakatipu

Top tip: in order to avoid the long queue, timing is key. I’ve found that 3pm and 5:30pm work quite well.

Yonder – Best Place for Being Vegan in Queenstown

Now while Yonder is located just across the street from Nomads (one of the best hostels in Queenstown), the prices there are definitely above what you usually spend on food as a backpacker. However, the food is worth the money – Yonder is one of the best restaurants in Queenstown and awesome for being vegan in Queenstown!

Recommendations: I can highly recommend the vegan tofu bao bun and any of their vegan desserts. I don’t think they still have the dessert that we shared but it was absolutely delicious! I also really enjoyed the vegan BBQ plate.

Hawker Roll

This Malaysian inspired street food place is located in Ballarat Street and you can even sit outside in the pedestrian zone. The food is delicious and they have a few vegan options. They have more locations in Auckland, Christchurch and Tauranga if you fall in love with their food and want to find it elsewhere as well.

Malaysian food Queenstown; vegan in Queenstown
This tastes even better while enjoying the sunshine outside of Hawker Roll

Bespoke Kitchen

To be fair, this place is probably slightly over the average backpacker’s budget but it is so worth it. Bespoke Kitchen is located close to the gondola with a nice outside area. They have a few vegan options on their menu. However, they are not only for vegans in Queenstown but also probably one of the best restaurants in Queenstown in general!

Vegan breakfast Queenstown; vegan brunch Queenstown; vegan in Queenstown
Treat yourself with this delicious feast!

My recommendation: get the red velvet pancakes, they taste even better than they look!

Rehab – Vegan Healthy Food in Queenstown

This is my ultimate tip for after a night out. At Rehab, they have really nice, wholesome food. It was one of my favorite places to eat at in Queenstown. Whether you opt for a smoothie, a sweet bowl or a warm bowl (or all of the above) – you’ll leave feeling refreshed and happy.

Bonus point: they care about sustainability and locally grown products.

Patagonia Chocolates – Vegan Ice Cream in Queenstown

Patagonia Chocolates is THE place to go to for ice cream in Queenstown. No matter if you’re vegan in Queenstown or omnivore, this place is always buzzing and for a good reason. They have multiple vegan kinds of ice cream. You can sit inside their cafe or order your ice cream for takeaway.

Vegan ice cream Queenstown; vegan in Queenstown
Why choose between two delicious vegan kinds of ice cream?

Tip: The best way to enjoy your vegan ice cream in Queenstown is to sit down on the beach with a view on Lake Wakatipu!

Vegan ice cream in front of Lake Wakatipu; the best vegan ice cream in Queenstown!
The best way to enjoy your vegan ice cream!

Balls and Bangles

If you’re staying at Nomads, chances are high you’ve already stopped to admire the donuts at Balls and Bangles located right next to the hostel. Sadly, their incredible looking donut creations are not vegan. They do, however, have a vegan falafel bagel which tastes great.

Vegan bagel Queenstown; vegan in Queenstown
Might not look as fancy as their donut creations but is still very tasty!


This cute little place is easy to miss. It’s located in the Plaza Arcade at 30 Shotover Street. They have some vegan options for wraps and pies, as well as vegan desserts. They only have a few places to sit at inside but you can order the food for takeaway as well.

Caribe Latin Kitchen

Also located on Ballarat Street, this Mexican place doesn’t have a lot of vegan options on their menu. You can, however, veganize some of their vegetarian dishes.

One of their vegan options

Lord of the Fries – Vegan Fast Food in Queenstown

This Australian chain is also located in Auckland. In Queenstown, they have a little store close to the gondola, right next to Bespoke Kitchen. Their menu consists of all-day breakfast burgers, burgers, sides, and milkshakes. So if you’re feeling like junk food, this is your place to go to as a vegan in Queenstown!

It might not be gourmet food and it might not look that appealing, but sometimes you just crave some fast food, and Lord of the Fries is definitely a good option.

Hell Pizza – Vegan Pizza in Queenstown

Granted, this is also a chain. But the first (and thus far only) time, I’ve tried Hell Pizza was in Queenstown. Officially, they have one vegan pizza on their menu but you can veganize every single one of them. I had the vegan Mayhem and loved it.

Vegan pizza Queenstown; vegan in Queenstown
Small but delicious

The only thing to keep in mind is that the small pizzas are really small (see picture above). So you might want to go for a large one if you’re hungry.

Mrs Ferg Gelateria – Vegan Ice Cream in Queenstown

Another place where you can find some vegan ice cream.

If you ever find yourself in Queenstown, make sure to check out these places and let me know how you like them! Did I miss any of your favorite vegan Queenstown restaurants? Let me know in the comments below!

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Check out more of my vegan food guides! I got guides on CangguUbudNew ZealandEast Coast AustraliaByron BayHobartthe PhilippinesVietnam, the Ha Giang Loop, Cambodia, Thailand and Alicante.

For more tips for your trip to New Zealand, make sure to take a look at these blog posts! Tamaki Maori Village Overnight Stay – Is It Worth The Money? The Best Activities with Kiwi Experience. The Best Accommodations in New Zealand. Things to do in Taupo. Kiwi Experience – where to stay longer (how to spend 2 months in New Zealand). Free things to do in Wellington. The best walks in New Zealand.

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