Luxury Hotels in Queenstown

Situated beside beautiful Lake Wakatipu and framed by the jagged skyline of The Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown is billed as the adventure capital of New Zealand. If you want to jump off things, launch yourself off things or ride things that go very, very fast, Queenstown will cater for your every thrill-seeking whim. But away from these hair-raising, white knuckle, adrenaline-fueled antics, Queenstown has a quieter, more elegant and romantic side. Many of the town’s high end accommodation providers cater for visitors seeking to relax and unwind rather than fire themselves up. These lodges and retreats offer unrivalled private accommodation set in the spectacular heart of the Southern Alps. Queenstown has an international reputation for premium bespoke accommodation and its penthouses, 5-star boutique lodges, and luxury hotels rank among the best in the world. Who can resist starting a day of indulgence by waking up to a 360 degree panorama of lakes and mountains? So, if Queenstown sounds like your kind of place, here’s a selection of the town’s finest luxury accommodation.

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Gold Coast

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Sofitel Queenstown

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Villa del Lago – Queenstown

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Eichardt’s Hotel – Queenstown

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

The Rees Hotel – Queenstown

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Pounamu Apartments – Queenstown

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Central Ridge – Queenstown

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Matakauri Lodge – Queenstown

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Hotel St Moritz – Queenstown

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

QT – Queenstown

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Hilton – Queenstown

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

While Queenstown’s bustling centre is a frenetic place of restaurants, bars, high-end retailers and raucous backpacker hangouts, just a short walk in any direction will take you out into the wilderness. You can finish your latte at one of the town’s superb lakeside cafés and be alone in the spectacular landscape of the Wakatipu within a few minutes.  Hidden away in the mountains, beside crystal streams of the world’s purest water,  there are hunting and fishing lodges, wellness retreats and secluded sanctuaries where you can escape from the rush and scramble of the outside world. And if, by chance, your luxury accommodation is located out of town, you always have the option of arriving by jet boat, helicopter or private plane.  After all, why should the thrill-seekers have all the fun? 

Things to See and Do in Queenstown

Once you’ve settled into your luxury hotel, it’s time to get your adrenaline fix. Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand, and arguably, the world. This incredible town will have you facing your fears and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Plus, with its stunning mountain backdrop, this small slice of heaven will leave you in awe. Here’s how to make the most of your Queenstown trip.

Bungee jump!

This small Kiwi town is where the first-ever commercial Bungy jump company started (and still operates today). AJ Hackett now offers a range of exhilarating activities. I recommend challenging yourself to the original and highest Bungy in New Zealand, where you free fall 134m into the canyon.

Brave the Canyon Swing

For a (slightly) less scary adventure, have a go on the world-famous Shotover canyon swing. From a 109m high platform, you’ll free fall for 60 meters right into the canyon, where you’ll swing back and forth as you take in mind-blowing views. Oh, and if you’re an extreme adrenaline seeker like me, you can combine the canyon swing with the bungee jump for double the buzz!

Go on a Jet Boat tour

There are so many thrilling activities on offer in Queenstown that it would be impossible to do them all. However, one that I highly recommend is jet boating. During this popular water activity, you will whizz down rivers taking sharp corners and do 360-degree spins in the lake. Many operators run these tours, and each ride lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. You’ll be laughing the entire time as you cling onto the handlebars for dear life!

Take a scenic flight to Milford Sound

Don’t leave Queenstown without visiting New Zealand’s most famous and beautiful tourist destination, Milford Sound. This mesmerizing sound is in the Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site, full of untouched nature and wildlife. Milford Sound is about a 3.5-hour drive from Queenstown one way, meaning if you take a day trip there, you’ll spend most of the time on the coach. However, there is a much better way to reach Milford Sound, which is by air. You can book a scenic flight from Queenstown that not only cuts the journey down to 30 minutes but offers you a unique perspective of the mountains and national parks. You will then take a 2-hour boat cruise around Milford Sound before a short flight back to Queenstown.

Hit the slopes

If you’re in Queenstown during ski season, you’ll surely want to check out some of the town’s ski fields. Coronet Peak is the closest resort to town. They offer skiing and sledding for all abilities. Even if you have never skied before, the passionate instructors are experts at putting your mind at ease and helping you learn the ropes.

Pamper yourself at the Onsen Hot Pools

When you’ve had your fill of adventure and need something more calming, head to the Onsen Hot Pools. This upscale spa offers guests private, cedar-lined hot tubs with the most incredible view of the Shotover River canyon below. The hot pools are the perfect way to unwind after an adventure-filled vacation and are particularly blissful during the winter.

Go wine-tasting

Queenstown has an array of beautiful wineries, and the region is renowned for its Pinot Noir. However, Gibbston Valley is undoubtedly the best place for wine tasting and is just a 30-minute drive from town. Here you will find New Zealand’s largest wine cave, where you can savour some fine wine and cheese pairings. You can also take a tour around the vineyard, indulge in a 3-course lunch, or take a scenic helicopter ride around the Central Otago wine region.