Queenstown institution Fergburger is in party mode.
As the burger joint celebrates its fifteenth birthday – queues for the famous patties were as long as ever.
Boss Alex Best puts popularity down to good food and happy staff.
“Everyone is drawn in. They see the queue and they’ve heard about us. There is definitely a family vibe and a good atmosphere.”
Best reckons the queue is part of the experience but admits it can be a point of contention for locals.
“We understand it isn’t ideal. We try to keep the queue down and it does move quickly. We cater for the numbers and try to increase flow as much as we can.”
He reckons the birthday milestone highlights its success – a small local business turning into the established Ferg family which is recognised globally.
Helping it celebrate was Poppy Gibson (left) and Hannah Browne. The pair, from the United Kingdom, have been in Queenstown for two days – and had two burgers.
Before heading off on their New Zealand adventure they asked mates what should be on the agenda.
Chomping down a lamb burger Browne says: “Everyone we spoke to said, ‘make sure you have a fergburger’ and we thought we should see what all the fuss is about.”
“It is literally the best burger I have ever eaten,” Gibson adds.