Queenstown, the South Island’s most recognisable destination has become famous throughout the world for its dramatic alpine scenery, crystal clear lakes and array of adventure activities in the mountains and surrounding wilderness. This is an adventure-seekers paradise and with a regular timetable of direct international flights, this is a seemingly remote location that is relatively easy to access. Another important drawcard for Queenstown is the ever-increasing number of fabulous accommodation options. There are many self-catering houses and apartments to rent, budget hotels and hostels, family friendly resorts and, for those in search of a more luxurious experience, a growing number of five-star hotels and lodges for the ultimate Queenstown experience.
Hidden is an intimate boutique lodge located overlooking Lake Wakatipu on the outskirts of Queenstown. The epitome of understated luxury, this charming lodge houses four spacious suites, all positioned to take advantage of spectacular views across the lake to the mountains beyond. Intuitive service ensures maximum privacy while expert guidance is always on hand for recommendations in the surrounding area. Breakfast is prepared using locally sourced ingredients and every guest is encouraged begin their evening with a glass of wine, beer or a non-alcoholic beverage with a freshly prepared antipasto platter. Dinner is also available by prior arrangement. With an onsite wood fired hot tub, gym and sauna, and mesmerising views from every room, it’s not easy to tear yourself away but with easy access to Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski fields, Shotover Jet, Arrowtown, Glenorchy, golf courses and the local wineries, you’re perfectly positioned to explore the highlights of Queenstown.
Ideally situated for easy access to the heart of Queenstown’s vibrant centre, The Spire is an award-winning luxury hotel and an interior design-lover’s paradise. Ten identical contemporary suites feature designer furniture and fittings as well as five-star amenities such as a super king or twin single beds with multimedia systems, Wi-Fi and iPod connectivity, large balconies and spacious bathrooms. Conveniently located within walking distance of Queenstown’s buzzing cultural centre, shops, cafes and nightlife are all just moments away. This is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, or a first time visit to this incredible region and a range of packages enable guests to select the escape that best reflects their interests. The Spire Hotel’s onsite restaurant & bar, No5 Church Lane, offers delicious New Zealand cuisine, a premium cocktail list, and extensive wine selection.
Eichardt's Private Hotel
To immerse in classic style and decadence, iconic hotel, Eichardt’s offers urban luxury and first-class service in impeccable surroundings. Occupying a prime lakefront position in central Queenstown; seven luxurious Lake View Suites, four comfortably appointed Lakefront Apartments, The Residence and The Penthouse; all make the ideal space to relax in supreme style and comfort after a day exploring this beautiful destination. A variety of Signature Experiences bring you closer to the nearby attractions that make this region world-famous, including exclusive charter cruises aboard Eichardt’s very own luxury 80ft super yacht, the Pacific Jemm by Eichardt’s. Imagine admiring Queenstown from the ultimate vantage point aboard a luxury yacht as you take in the natural beauty of a uniquely beautiful location. Also at the hotel, The Grille by Eichardt's is Queenstown’s premier dining destination, offering an outstanding menu that showcases the unique flavours of the region.
Azur Lodge is the perfect escape for those who want to set their own timetable. Nine private villas occupy a prime hilltop position overlooking some of New Zealand’s most incredible scenery. This stylish lodge houses luxury villas with private lounge, dining area and sun deck with spectacular unobstructed views of the mountain ranges surrounding Lake Wakatipu. First name service ensures no request is too much trouble and throughout your stay, complimentary transport to and from wherever you need to be in Queenstown can be arranged. The nightly tariff includes breakfast, afternoon tea, and pre-dinner drinks & canapes, which can be enjoyed either in the main lodge or delivered to your private villa at a time to suit you. When it comes to activities, Azur’s enthusiastic staff can offer expert guidance and arrange a huge variety of experiences from adrenaline-fueled adventure to more relaxing pursuits such as winery tours, yoga and stargazing.
Old school charm and hospitality is exuded at boutique lodge Hulbert House, a beautifully restored Victorian villa dating back to 1888. Just a short stroll from Queenstown’s vibrant centre, six luxury suites, each individually designed and decorated, provide complete serenity and magnificent views over Lake Wakatipu or the Skyline Hill. Hulbert House offers two categories of suites; The Grand Room commanding incredible lake views and Premium Rooms overlooking the gardens and mountains. Friendly staff are always available to offer a complete and personal concierge service including onward travel arrangements, activity bookings and restaurant reservations.
A haven of understated elegance and premium quality, Matakauri Lodge is a dream come true for discerning travellers in search of an escape from the everyday. Perched the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers luxury lodge accommodation overlooking a mesmerizing panorama. The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peak can all be admired from this incredible location, just seven minutes from bustling Queenstown. Celebrated design and beautifully crafted interiors accentuate a building crafted to bring the striking landscapes of the outside, in. Voted as one of the top three lodges in New Zealand and Australia, Matakauri is the perfet place to unwind after a day on the mountains or exploring the many delights of this extraordinary region. Guests can choose from a variety of dining spaces, including the Library, Dining Room, Remarkables Patio, Courtyard and Lounge, with private dining arranged upon request. A daily-changing menu of modern New Zealand cuisine celebrates the very best local produce. A catalogue of enticing experiences can also be arranged from Matakauri Lodge including family-friendly activities, wine tours and helicopter adventures.
Blanket Bay Lodge
Epitomising cosy alpine luxury, Blanket Bay Lodge sits at the north end of Lake Wakatipu in the heart of the incredible wilderness for which this region is known. Just forty-five minutes from Queenstown, Blanket Bay Lodge is the best location to ensure an authentic New Zealand experience. An escape here can be taken at any pace you choose with Queenstown’s myriad visitor activities close at hand while total relaxation is equally achievable. A brief helicopter ride away, Milford Sound and the snow-capped Mt Earnslaw Glacier, the beautiful quiet trout-filled rivers of The Greenstone Valley and the beautiful Fiordland National Park. A variety of accommodation options from Lodge Rooms to large private villas are available to ensure there is a solution to suit every taste and requirement. A premium dining experience is central to the offering at Blanket Bay Lodge with an exceptional menu focusing on local, seasonal produce and a wine list featuring many of New Zealand's best Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, and Rieslings grown and bottled here in Central Otago.