At first glance, Queenstown seems a typically sporty hotspot. Mountain slopes dotted with skiiers, hill-side hikes and boating-perfect lakes create the ideal home for adventurists, thrill-seekers and adrenalin junkies.
But it's not all experience-booking shops and activewear stores. Trust us.
Whether it's the idyllic scenery, the upscale eateries and vineyards, or the luxury range of experiences, Queenstown is quickly rising as a paradisiac getaway.
Looking to book a trip? A luxe stay is a must. Think cosy mountain lodges, five-star apartments looking out onto the glassy lake, and boutique hotels.
Here, our recommendations.
Eichardt's Private Hotel
For those looking for luxury, it's hard to go past Eichardt's. The hotel is situated right on the lakefront, with Lake Wakatipu swimming in front of your window. The boutique hotel's rustic ambiance is helped along by plush beds, thick fur throws, marble bathrooms and tonal décor. Luxury touches can be spotted in the artisanal treats left beside the bed, the pre-mixed cocktails hidden in the bar and the roaring fire crackling along.
Choose from between seven of the lake-view suites, four of the apartments, the upscale residence or the penthouse—complete with rooftop deck.
The Spire Hotel Queenstown
Nestled into a lane within a lane, The Spire is comfort personified. Modern architecture is teamed with bold red décor, stunning alpine views and luxe touches, making each of the 10 suites a cosy choice.
Looking to avoid the bustle? Azur Lodge's nine secluded villas are designed for privacy and serenity. Deep bathtubs (yes, that fit your knees) sit next to windows overlooking mountain ranges, balconies give way to tree-lined slopes, and wooden roofs and floor-to-ceiling windows make up the après-ski resort vibe.
Not exactly your everyday accommodation option, The Matakauri Lodge is a sanctuary hidden amongst the trees. More a ski lodge than a hotel, the property comprises of four villas with all the homely touches you could dream of. Plus panoramic views, because this is New Zealand we're talking about.
Renowned for its new-age vibe (not to mention its penchant for bright colours), QT recently opened shop in Queenstown with a 69-room offering on Brunswick Street. Specialising in youthful cool, you can expect playful details, bold design and clever touches everywhere.