The Boat Shed Cafe
The Boat Shed Cafe & Bistro, located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Cycle or walk along the Frankton Track or arrive by boat to the Frankton Marina. Our seasonal menu features the very best, locally sourced produce and we are fully licensed, offering local wines and beers.
Full of history
Enjoy your meal set in the restored, historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office.
Enjoy your coffee in the beautiful garden or out on the terrace with stunning views out over the lake and onto the Remarkables
A delectable seasonal menu keeping it fresh and new throughout the seasons
Hot or cold brew
Serving hot and cold coffees, teas and other drinks, it's the perfect stop for your morning drink or afternoon pick me up.
Set in the restored, historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office, The Boat Shed’s building dates back to 1869-78 and was originally used as a store.
In 1936 it was bought by Frank G. Duncan, a Dunedin lawyer, and moved from central Queenstown to its current location on the Frankton waterfront.
Over the years the building and associated Boat Shed fell into disrepair, until 2011 when volunteers of the Wakatipu Community Maritime Preservation Society undertook a restoration project. The society’s efforts were recognised when it won the Heritage and Environment award in the 2012 TrustPower Queenstown Lakes District Community Awards.
The building was then officially opened by Prime Minister John Key on 1 March 2013. The original New Zealand Railways Shipping Office sign was found in the Boat Shed during renovations, upside down and being used as a workbench and, now it hangs in the cafe as a reminder of Frankton Marina’s heritage and history.
Now housing The Boat Shed Cafe & Bistro, we welcome you for coffee, breakfast, lunch and drinks by the lake!