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About Queenstown

This is definitely the kind of place for people who burn their candles at both ends, and often adrenalin-packed days lead to fun-packed nights; Queenstown has a fantastic collection of bars and restaurants. If you stay in Downtown Queenstown expect to see people returning from their evenings out at five or six in the morning. But if you’re tucked away in a lakeside retreat you’ll hear nothing but the lap of water on the shore. The great thing about the best places to stay in Queenstown is that you’ll find them in residential neighbourhoods, in quiet, rural pockets, and in hipster havens, as well as in the centre of town.

Queenstown is well known for the adventures you can have starting right on the doorstep, on stunning Lake Wakatipu, or amongst the peaks of The Remarkables. The perfect backdrops to try your hand at bungy jumping, skydiving, jet-boating, skiing or playing golf.

Queenstown’s lake is known for its trout, its mountains known for their trails and tracks, and its hills and valleys known for their vineyards, so it’s also a wonderful place for a more relaxed paced break. Trek on horseback, take a scenic flight in a helicopter or a light aircraft, or enjoy one of the many cultural festivals and events the city hosts.

Where to Stay - Which neighbourhood?

  • Downtown Queenstown, meaning the bit around the pedestrianised Queenstown Mall, is the centre of town and close to the town-side edge of the lake. So some of the hotels here have some pretty special views. Downtown Queenstown has plenty of restaurants and bars, and numerous booking agents too, which is pretty useful for planning your wine tastings, heli-skiing or bungy jumping experiences etc.. This is also a pretty affordable area to stay in, though it’s also busy. If you’re looking for the most affordable accommodation look around Shotover Street, which is where you’ll find hostels and small B&Bs. This part of town is pretty popular with backpackers.
  • If it’s your first time in Queenstown, and you don’t want to stay in the centre of town we recommend you look at hotels in Fernhill, a pretty suburb on the lake on the lower slopes of Ben Lomond Mountain. This is a peaceful residential part of town, but it does have a good selection of hotels, including several restort-style properties, and of bars and restaurants. And, probably most importantly for us, it’s got wonderful lake views.
  • Queenstown Hill is another good choice if this is the first time you’ve visited Queenstown. It’s the closest peak to the centre of town, but it’s still got a view of the whole valley, so you’re looking down on Downtown Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, and The Remarkables rise up out of the other side of the valley… saying the views are spectacular is an understatement. Unfortunately there isn’t any accommodation at the top of the hill, but there’s quite a bit at the foot, and between the two there’s a stretch of forest, so we say this is one of the best places to stay in Queenstown if you’re here for an outdoors-y adventure, because it can start right outside your door.
  • Another greener, leafier choice is Frankton, which is close to the airport, and just outside Queenstown. It’s residential and low-rise, with numerous beautiful parks and green spaces and good access to the lake. This is a peaceful part of town, and a good choice for families.
  • Shotover is another good place to look for family friendly accommodation, it’s further out of town, though, but rural and idyllic, with large resorts and camping parks, and direct access to lots of walking trails.
  • If you’re looking for luxury accommodation some of the best places to stay in Queenstown can be found in Kelvin Heights, which is one of the most beautiful places to live in New Zealand, and one of the most expensive too. This is a relaxed part of town, set a bit aside from the bustle of Downtown Queenstown, which is just to the north.
  • The Glenorchy Road area is also known for its luxurious accommodation, particularly mountain-style lodges.
  • Or, if you fancy being out amongst the vineyards, try the Gibbston Valley.

This bustling lakeside resort is busy both summer and winter, so if you're planning a trip and want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Queenstown, we advise you to book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Queenstown

For a room with a view

  • 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.
  • 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 walls of glass at QT Queenstown offer some of the most incredible views of the lake and the mountains in town. The bar and restaurant have walls of glass, and the best of the 69 rooms and suites do too, with private all-glass balconies as well. There’s a heated plunge pool and sauna if you are skiing all day, their chic bar is known for its cocktails, and the restaurant for its international fusion feasts.

For an escape

  • 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.
  • 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, as well as standard hotel rooms, 170 in total, all decorated with contemporary style. Guests can also enjoy the spa, indoor pool and choice of four restaurants.

For a romantic stay

  • A large percent of the hotels we recommend in Queenstown are quite contemporary in style, but if your taste runs more towards the antique, try Hulbert House, an elegant, six room villa in a great location on the hill overlooking Queenstown and the lake. All six rooms and suites have lake views, and are individually decorated in a confident, luxurious style with some really lovely antiques. There’s no restaurant but they do offer breakfast.
  • 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 garden. And you’re in the centre of Queenstown, within walking distance of restaurants, cafes, bars and the main sights.
  • The Evergreen Lodge has just four luxurious rooms, 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.
  • The Central Ridge Boutique Hotel is a small property in the heart of Queenstown, close to both the restaurants and nightlife of town, and the Great Outdoors all around Queenstown. There are just 14 light, spacious rooms and suites, and some friendly, comfortable public spaces, including a lounge with an open fire, in the ski season.

For Families

  • The Villa Del Lago is a collection of 16 fully serviced suites and apartments, all with kitchens, laundries, dining rooms and living rooms, and outdoor patios or balconies with private gas fires. As well as being family friendly this is a great place for a spot of fishing, and you’re right by the Frankton Trail.
  • Queenstown House overlooks Lake Wakatipu, with the Southern Alps in the background, and the best of its ten rooms, suites and apartments have private balconies from which to enjoy the views. Everyone else can enjoy them from the peaceful outdoor decks. There are stone-clad fireplaces and local art of the walls of these simply decorated rooms, and the family apartments have kitchens and dining areas too. Breakfast is included, and they can arrange babysitting if you need them to.

For luxury

  • A picturesque vineyard, overlooking Lake Hayes and the mountains, the Stoneridge Estate also has a small, but perfectly formed boutique hotel, with just nine rooms and suites and properly spectacular views. The restaurant has an excellent reputation, and there’s a pool and large garden.
  • The Hotel St Moritz is a luxurious, alpine-style bolt-hole overlooking Lake Wakatipu. It’s quite large for Queenstown, with 134 rooms and suites, so it’s got extra facilities over its smaller contemporaries, with a spa, hot tub and gym, as well as a cocktail bar and restaurant. The decor is stylish, with a preference for geometric patterns and luxurious textures. The best rooms have fantastic views from their balconies.
  • The Sofitel Queenstown is a classic, five star hotel from a big name international. Its 82 rooms and suites are decorated in a contemporary style with neutral colours and natural materials, including marble in the huge bathrooms. There’s a spa, a gorgeous terrace, plus a restaurant and an elegant lounge bar where they serve tapas and play jazz.

For great value

  • Centrally located, the Melbourne Lodge offers a choice of 34 rooms, suites and apartments priced to suit a range of budgets. They’re all simply styled, but with big windows and fantastic views, so they feel light and pleasant. You can self-cater if you want to, and they offer breakfast.

Prefer an Apartment or Villa?

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel information

  • Queenstown Airport is only ten kilometres, or 15 minutes, outside the town, and has links to several Australian airports, and New Zealand’s other major airports, including Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. The flying time to Queenstown from Auckland is an hour and 45minutes, and it’s about the same from Wellington. Christchurch is about six hours drive away, but it’s a very scenic drive. Alternatively a number of buses run daily from Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Te Anau, Wanaka and the West Coast.
  • If you’re thinking about hiring a car we recommend checking what our online partners, Rentalcars have to offer.
  • Queenstown has a lot to recommend it year round. In winter it’s a welcoming snow sports hub, with four ski areas, and a series of winter festivals and events, including a film festival and ice climbing event. In summer it’s a mecca for adventure sports, with long, light days you can fit a lot of adventure into. The lakeside position, surrounded by hills, means there’s a backdrop for almost every sport you can imagine. But it’s also sunny, warm and relaxed. During spring you can often ski in the mornings and play golf, or mountain bike, of an afternoon, as there’s skiing until about October. And Queenstown has a ‘proper’ autumn, with brightly coloured foliage to accompany the usual bungy jumping, jet skiing and heli-biking on offer. And this is a great time for food and wine festivals too.

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Best Hotels in Queenstown

  • Sherwood Queenstown (Aotearoa) 78 rooms from £70

    Families  -  Large family suites available, with a range of dining, babysitting and activity options available to keep the whole family busy
    Active Holiday  -  With ski equipment to hire and repair on-site, and access to local outdoor activities, this hotel is perfect for active guests
    Back to Nature  -  With an eco-conscious vibe promoting harmony with the natural world, Sherwood supports guests in reconnecting with the nature
    Foodies  -  Enjoy organic, on-site or locally sourced and produced food prepared in a hearty and rustic style

    Attractive lodgings just outside Queenstown with an eco-conscious vibe. This bohemian retreat is perfect for guests hitting the slopes on the Remarkables mountain range. With excellent organic food, spacious rooms with spectacular views, and very attractive rates - this is an alluring stay. See More

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  • 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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  • Number 12 B&B Brisbane (Hawthorne) 4 rooms from £73

    Local exploring  -  Located 3km from the city centre and within walking distance of the dining precinct of Oxford Street
    Short fly break  -  Just 15 minutes from Brisbane airport this is a convenient option for a short stay
    Traditional  -  Cosy and traditional, a property that really takes you back in time
    Sailing  -  Hop on a cruise boat and take a serene sail down Brisbane River

    An utterly charming B&B that has the feel of staying at your favourite Grandma's place. Interiors are very retro, filled with antiques and perfectly miss-matched. Indulgent breakfasts are taken on the verandah. A homely and great value stay, well located to access central Brisbane. See More

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  • Queenstown Country Lodge Queenstown 5 rooms from £98

    Country Escape  -  Whether your idea of a rural break is pure adventure or just lounging with a good book in a hot tub, this lodge has you covered
    Active Holiday  -  Head to one of the nearby ski resorts for the day or use one of the hotel's bicycles for an adventurous day out
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

    A secluded lodge set in spectacular countryside outside of Queenstown. Boutique interiors have a chic contemporary feel and all the rooms offer mountain views. Breakfasts are served on the terrace and there's a hot tub to soak in after a day's adventuring. An indulgent and well located rural escape. See More

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  • The Rees Hotel Queenstown 155 rooms from £110

    City Style  -  While on the outskirts, the hotel is excellently linked to the city and is certainly one of its most stylish establishments
    Total relaxation  -  Primed for relaxation with excellent service, the highest quality fixtures and fittings and luxury complementaries
    Families  -  Family rooms and services are available to ensure a relaxing stay for the whole family
    Birdwatching  -  The lake front reserve is committed to a programe intended to promote the attraction and flourishing of local birds at the site

    The Rees Hotel offers comprehensive luxury. Smart rooms are spacious and contemporary in design with floor to ceiling windows and indulgent bathrooms. With a range of wellness therapies, grand lakeside views and fine dining (complete with a choice selection of wines), this is a chic stay. See More

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  • The Canyons Queenstown 3 rooms from £115

    Back to Nature  -  Set amidst majestic mountains and overlooking Shotover Canyon; this is an impressive spot for a nature escape
    Families  -  Rent the lodge out in its entirety (it sleeps up to eight) for an idyllic family break
    Sights nearby  -  Set just 4km outside of Queensland which is filled with museums, restaurants and exhibitions
    Views  -  Breathtaking views over the Shotover River Canyons

    A charming small lodge boasting a spectacular canyon side setting within striking distance of Queenstown. Interiors are perfectly rustic chic with beamed ceilings, roll-top baths and picture frame windows. The hosts are charming and breakfasts wonderfully indulgent. An idyllic and convenient escape. 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
    Lakeside

    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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  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown 134 rooms from £123

    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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  • QT Queenstown Queenstown 69 rooms from £124

    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
    Lakeside  -  On the shores of Lake Wakatipu
    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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  • Central Ridge Boutique Hotel Queenstown 14 rooms from £149

    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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  • Sofitel Queenstown Queenstown 82 rooms from £152

    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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  • 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

    Lakeside  -  On shores of Lake Wakatipu with views to the Remarkables Mountains
    Views  -  Lake and mountain views
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

    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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  • Hulbert House Queenstown 6 rooms from £256

    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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  • 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
    Lakeside  -  Lake Wakatipu
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.

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

    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor infinity pool
    Views  -  Across lake to mountains
    Lakeside  -  On Lake Wakatipu
    Opulent
    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 £410

    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
    Lakeside  -  Lake Wakatipu
    Views  -  Across lake
    Back to Nature
    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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