Enjoy a little Victorian elegance while you sip your coffee in this tiny lakeside bathhouse originally built in 1911 to commemorate the coronation of King George V. The historic landmark was once a popular change room for the Lake Wakatipu swimming pool and was rescued from demolition in 1988 by the Department of Conservation. It has now been restored to its former glory and offers visitors a quiet, relaxing hideaway located right next to the entrance to Queenstown Botanic Gardens.
Casual café by day and fine dining establishment/bar by night, the views from The Bathhouse Café over Lake Wakatipu are unhindered. There is indoor or outdoor seating on a raised verandah extending right over the beach, which is a perfect way to enjoy a sunny afternoon in New Zealand.
The Bathhouse Café is an ideal spot for families because there is a fun park with playground equipment right next door. During summer, take your swimming gear, because there is nothing quite so refreshing as a dip in the lake. There are also kayaks and paddleboats available to hire at the beach in front of The Bathhouse Café. During winter, blankets are provided to keep visitors warm on the outdoor deck while they contemplate the surrounding snow capped mountains.
The Bathhouse Café menu includes some highly recommended home baked cakes (Hummingbird Cake pictured above) and freshly cooked local produce. Tapas style sharing platters are available between 3 - 6pm daily, as well as an interesting looking 10 course degustation menu.