Ok, I hear you. What about the food?
Sadly, New Zealand is no Japan. By a long long stretch too.
The meals we have in New Zealand are not that spectacular. Lake Tekapo only has a handful of restaurants and one of the better options is Kohan Japanese Restaurant. This lake-side restaurant is blessed with the spectacular views of Lake Tekapo and the 75-year-old Church of the Good Shepherd.
Service is friendly, but food is a bit hit and miss. Our favourite is the grilled fish, which is well-seasoned and moist. Least favourite is the runny creme brulee which should have never left the kitchen.