An uber-cool eco-hotel, yoga and wellness retreat and restaurant all wrapped in one package sounds too good to be true, but settle it all on the banks of Lake Wakatipu and the reality is even better than you thought. Sherwood is built on the premise of a respect for nature and sustainable practices and this wholeheartedly carries through to the restaurant from the abundance of pale wooden furniture draped in shaggy sheepskins, the neatly stacked woodpile outside and the bio-dynamic kitchen garden that supplies more than 60% of the vegetables and herbs used in the kitchen (some others are foraged locally). Head chef Kane Bambery aims to reflect a sense of place at a moment in time, so ever-evolving menus may include the likes of Cardrona lamb belly, or a custard served with ‘weeds from the hill’.

IN BRIEF Principled package of fine local food in a fun environment