The Cow


Us at the bar

My wife and I took a 2 week vacation in NZ a few years ago when we were living in Brisbane, Australia. My wife’s son and daughter from the USA joined us on our adventure. We started with a 5 day hotel stay in Queenstown after we flew in from Christchurch in mid January. We did a bunch of neat things like a Milford Sound Cruise, a helicopter joy ride to the top of Fox Glacier and much more but having dinner at The Cow was the highlight of our NZ dining out experiences.

Booth table

We headed here one evening after reading about the place in our hotel room info guide. It was fun to find the restaurant in a quaint little lane off the beaten track. Straight off the bat we fronted up at the bar and ordered a couple of beers + a wine. It sure was a sight taking in the eclectic decor but that made it even more fun. We all ended up at a booth table and perused the select pizza menu . . we’re big pizza fans !


We kicked things off with a serve of Garlic Bread plus a couple of 11 inch pizzas loaded up with great ingredients. The thinking was if we ordered the smaller pizzas we could have more varieties. Our pizza order came out pretty fast and the pizzas disappeared quite quickly. Another order for 2 more 11 inch pizzas because we were hungry. We were very happy with our pizzas, the beer was decent and the service excellent. Factor in the fun vibe & quirky decor and we loved it a lot !

Restaurant Details


Cow Lane, Queenstown, 9300, New Zealand


+64 3 442 8588

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About the Author

Michael Burke

Michael Burke

I'm an expat Aussie ( now a naturalized American citizen ) who moved to Southern California in 2006 with my American born wife Sherri. I like to write reviews about the most memorable restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, brew pubs and anything new that we find in our travels. I particularly look for excellent food & beverage consistency, good value for money plus friendly service.

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