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About Queenstown

Queenstown is well known for the adventures offered right on its doorstep, on the stunning surrounds of Lake Wakatipu and the peaks of The Remarkables. These make the perfect backdrops to try your hand at bungy jumping, skydiving, jet-boating, skiing or playing golf - at one of the five international standard golf courses. Once you’ve packed as much adrenalin into your day as possible it’s time to enjoy the collection of cosmopolitan bars and restaurants, many of them part-fuelled by the wonderful local vineyards. Queenstown has a reputation for being open all hours, and you’ll often see people returning from their evening out at five or six in the morning. You’ll find the best places to stay in Queenstown scattered around the town, around the lake, and, if you prefer a bit more peace and quiet, just out of town.

If you’re looking to blend your adrenalin pumped days with some relaxation you might want to play some golf, or fish - Lake Wakatipu is well known for its trout , do some walking in amongst the wonderful scenery and maybe take a cruise on the lake. Queenstown also has very beautiful Gardens, set on a little jut of land protruding into the lake.

Queenstown offers horseback treks, scenic flights in both helicopters and light aircraft, a luge track down the mountainside and there’s an Underwater World. And then of course in winter there’s the skiing and the Winter Festival.

What not to miss:

  • bungy jumping from Kawarau Bridge,
  • jet-boating on the rocky Shooter Canyons,
  • or white river rafting on the Kawarau River,
  • paragliding from the top of Queenstown’s Skyline Gondola on Bob’s Peak,
  • go on a zipline trek and play on the different trails of the Queenstown Bike Path, which run down hill from the top of Bob’s Peak.

The best places to stay in Queenstown are busy year round, due to the range of activities in the region, so don't leave it till the last moment. Get organised and book early!

The Best Places to Stay in Queenstown

For something special

  • Azur Lodge is a collection of nine villas, just five minutes drive from Queenstown, but right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with views across the lake to The Remarkables beyond. Each villa has floor to ceiling windows and living and dining areas, and the whole place feels tranquil and secluded.
  • The Spire Hotel has just ten suites, with wooden shutters, stone clad fireplaces and lots of other luxurious details. There’s also a cocktail bar, a restaurant and access to a gym and a garden. And you’re in the centre of Queenstown, within walking distance of restaurants, cafes, bars and the main sights.
  • Eichardts Private Hotel is a small, but very luxurious hotel on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. There are just ten chic, designer rooms and a gym, bar and restaurant serving seasonal local cuisine. The views are wonderful and you’re still close to the highlights of Queenstown.

For great value

  • The 34 room Melbourne Lodge offers a choice of rooms, suites and apartments starting from just £72 per night. As well as the clean, modern, functional rooms. Breakfast is included. And you’re right in the centre of things come the ski season.
  • Queenstown House overlooks Lake Wakatipu with the Southern Alps in the background and offers a choice of ten luxurious apartments and B&B rooms. There’s local art on the walls above stone fireplaces, and there are peaceful outdoor decks for enjoying the views.

For a rural escape

  • Matakauri Lodge has a stunning spot on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and each of its 16 rooms, villas and suites have private balconies or decks from which to take full advantage of the stunning views. There’s also a heated outdoor infinity pool, a gym and a spa, and you’re just seven minutes drive from Queenstown.
  • The Millbrook Resort is around 20 minutes drive from Queenstown, set on its own 500 acres of land, which includes a golf course. There is a range of self-catering cottages and suites decdorated in modern style. Guests can also enjoy the spa, indoor pool and choice of four restaurants.
  • Villa Del Lago is a collection of 16 fully serviced suites and apartments with outdoor patios or balconies and gas fires. As well as being right by the lake, you’re also near the Frankton trail.

For boutique chic

  • If you prefer your accommodation small and boutique, try The Arrow Private Hotel. A five suite hotel in the historic mining town of Arrowtown, just 20minutes from the ski fields. There’s local art on the walls, panoramic views and a relaxed, alpine feel.
  • Evergreen Lodge has just four rooms, but they’re luxurious, with wonderful views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables beyond. There’s a dining area, gym, sauna and laundry room, so while it’s small you’re not skimping on facilities.
  • The Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel is a little larger, with 19 rooms. Inside this luxurious hotel you’ll find some wonderful, locally designed furniture and art and a green attitude. You’re also close to town and have great alpine views.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

Travel information

  • Fly to Queenstown Airport serviced both across New Zealand and internationally. Alternatively a number of buses run daily from Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Te Anau, Wanaka and the West Coast.
  • The best time to visit Queenstown for warm weather is the summer (December through February), when the long, sunny days make outdoor excursions enjoyable. Also visit Mid-June to early October for the winter sports.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Queenstown

  • Melbourne Lodge Queenstown 34 rooms from £77

    A range of rooms, suites and apartments to suit varying budgets in the centre of Queenstown. Clean, modern, friendly and functional, with free breakfast. A superb base for a winter stay with a choice of ski areas, not forgetting the winter festival, pure mountain mayhem! Ideal for larger groups. See More

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  • Queenstown House Queenstown 10 rooms from £119

    Views  -  Overlooking Lake Wakatipu and to Southern Alps
    Great walks  -  In Fiordland national parks

    Luxury apartments and B&B overlooking Lake Wakatipu to the distant Southern Alps. With stone clad fireplaces, local NZ art on wall, comfy double beds and private outdoor decks. An ideal base for exploring region, including skiing in Coronet Peak or The Remarkables (June to October) and hotsprings. See More

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  • Millbrook Resort Queenstown 170 rooms from £133

    Sights nearby  -  20 minute drive from Queenstown
    Outstanding location  -  Set on 500 acre golf resort
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

    A range of self catering cottages and suites situated on the 500 acre Millbrook Resort with a 27 hole golf course. Decor is contemporary, modern and slick. Cottages come with private verandas and dining areas. Also has a spa, indoor swimming pool and choice of four restaurants. See More

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  • The Arrow Private Hotel Queenstown (Arrowtown) 5 rooms from £145

    Views  -  Alpine
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Back to Nature

    Set in the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown, this boutique hotel offers five luxury suites designed to be in harmony with the alpine surroundings. With local NZ art, king-sized beds and panoramic views. Twenty minutes from Coronet ski field, with ski storage facilities. A peaceful place. See More

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  • Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel Queenstown 19 rooms from £155

    Views  -  To alpine Gondola
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.

    Luxurious boutique hotel in Queenstown with under-floor heating, New Zealand made and designed furniture and glass walled bathroms. Great alpine views, close to town centre and committed to eco-friendly practices. See More

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  • Villa Del Lago Queenstown 16 rooms from £175

    Views  -  Lake and mountain views
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.

    Fully serviced modern suites and apartments in Queenstown with kitchen, laundry, dining and sitting areas. Features such as gas flame fires, outdoor patios, balconies and free unlimited wifi. Family friendly, and close to Frankton walk and cycle trail. See More

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  • Central Ridge Boutique Hotel Queenstown 14 rooms from £148

    Active Holiday  -  Find a wide array of outdoor activities on offer in the surrounding countryside
    Great walks  -  Find miles of hiking trails starting from nearby the property
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Traditional

    A small boutique hotel in the heart of Queenstown offering easy access to both cosmopolitan restaurants as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside. Light and spacious rooms have a homely feel while the cosy downstairs lounge features an open fire. A charming base to explore the region from. See More

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  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown 134 rooms from £178

    Romantic Break  -  With stylish suites, a romantic restaurant and hot tub garden, book this hotel for a chic couples' city break
    Local exploring  -  This hotel makes a superb base from which to explore the broader region of New Zealand’s South Island
    City Style  -  Set in the heart of Queenstown in a chic, Alpine-style property, this hotel has lots of city charm
    Great walks  -  Queenstown is riddled with walking paths and hiking trails; enquire at the hotel for guidance on the best routes
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    This luxury bolt-hole overlooks Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. The hotel's alpine exterior gives way to cosy guestrooms with contrasting textures, where leather headboards juxtapose with relief wallpaper and sink-in throws. Enjoy bespoke cocktails at the hotel's Lombardi Bar. See More

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  • Stoneridge Estate Queenstown 9 rooms from £260

    Country Escape  -  Set on a beautiful vineyard and surrounded by mountains this is an idyllic rural retreat
    Views  -  Stunning views over Lake Hayes to the mountains beyond.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A small boutique hotel set on a picturesque vineyard with spectacular mountain views. Pick from a contemporary or a traditional suite. Dine in the restaurant which serves innovative dishes using local produce. With an abundance of adventure activities on offer, this is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. See More

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  • Evergreen Lodge Queenstown 4 rooms from £289

    Views  -  Across lake to The Remarkables
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.

    Clean, comfortable and luxurious five star accommodation with wonderful unobstructed views over Lake Wakatipu. With a gym, sauna, laundry room and outdoor dining area. Ideal for a relaxing stay away from the bustle of the town. See More

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  • Sofitel Queenstown Queenstown 82 rooms from £232

    Local exploring  -  Set in the heart of Queenstown, this hotel makes a great base for exploring in and around New Zealand's South Island
    Spa breaks  -  Boasting a full-service spa with exclusive product ranges, book this hotel for your next city spa break
    City Style  -  With luxury interiors and a central location, book this hotel for chic city charm
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Milford Sound, a fjord known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    This five-star hotel brings the French art de vivre to Queenstown. The opulent guestrooms feature marble bathrooms, underfloor heating and plush New Zealand possum throws. Sample tapas at the hotel's stylish 1789 Wine & Jazz Lounge after a rejuvenating spa treatment. See More

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  • QT Queenstown Queenstown 69 rooms from £232

    Kayaking  -  Kayak through the Milford Sounds with local guides from Rosco’s Milford Kayaks, who lead groups tours for all ability levels
    Views  -  Some rooms have a Juliet balcony and sweeping views of the mountain range
    Swimming Pool  -  There’s a heated outdoor plunge pool for quick dips
    Quirky  -  Has a quirky, pop-art flair
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Luxurious hotel conveniently located in beautiful Queenstown. Rooms offer stunning views over the lake or mountains. Feast on delicious international-fusion cuisine and sip cocktails at the chic bar. Features a neat heated plunge pool and sauna. A spoiling base to explore this beautiful region. See More

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  • Matakauri Lodge Queenstown (569 Glenorchy Road) 16 rooms from £354

    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor infinity pool
    Views  -  Across lake to mountains
    Opulent
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Luxury lodge with wow factor in stunning location just seven minutes drive from Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Range of villas and suites available, all with private balconies and decks with views to distant mountains. Heated outdoor infinity pool, gym and spa. Blissful country escape. See More

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  • The Spire Hotel Queenstown 10 rooms from £382

    Views  -  Lake and mountain
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Ten luxurious modern suites with stone clad fireplaces, wooden shutters and fresh flowers in rooms. With a cocktail bar, restaurant, access to a gym and garden. In centre of Queenstown within walking distance of restaurants, cafes and sights. See More

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  • Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa Queenstown 24 rooms from £385

    Active Holiday  -  The beautiful surrounding countryside offers ample opportunities to partake in outdoor pursuits
    Spa breaks  -  Indulge in luxurious 'vinotherapy' spa treatments
    Spa  -  The spa offers not only treatment rooms, but also a sauna and hot pools.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A small luxury hotel boasting an enviable setting within a Pinot Noir vineyard in Queenstown. Stylish villas offer private sundecks with spectacular views, indulgent bathrooms and open-plan living spaces. With both a spa and private dining on offer, nothing has been missed here. See More

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  • Eichardts Private Hotel Queenstown 10 rooms from £606

    Designer  -  Details curated by New Zealand decorator Virginia Fisher
    Views  -  Across lake
    Back to Nature
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Spectacular views from this luxury hotel on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Chic designer decor bringing warmth and style with open fireplaces and comfy beds. Ski storage, a gym, bar and restaurant serving local seasonal cuisine. Ideal for browsing in the designer boutiques and taking in the city. See More

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  • Azur Lodge Queenstown from £614

    Views  -  Across Lake Wakatipu
    Back to Nature
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Open plan apartments with floor to ceiling windows, glass doors and open plan layout including dining and living areas. Stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables and Cecil and Walter Peaks, only five minutes to Queenstown. Perfect for a romantic getaway. See More

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  • Hulbert House Queenstown 6 rooms from £590

    Romantic Break  -  With luxurious bedding, stylish interiors and a great location, book this hotel for your next romantic city break
    Local exploring  -  Siutated just 500m from the centre of Queenstown, book this hotel as a base for your local exploring
    City Style  -  Set in one of the original residences of Queenstown, this hotel has reams of original city style
    Sights nearby  -  Ride in the Skyline Gondola, cable cars which will carry you over the city to the sleek Skyline complex, with panoramic views
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    This hotel is housed in a beautifully restored Victorian villa in Queenstown. Each of the individually designed guestrooms offers views of Lake Wakatipu or the Skyline Hill, in addition to elegant, period-style furnishings and luxurious, Hungarian goose down linens. See More

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