Queenstown sits in a spectacular lakeside and alpine setting in the south-west of the South Island…

With two ski resorts located in close proximity: The Remarkables - which makes a soaring backdrop to Lake Wakatipu - and Coronet Peak. No need to choose between them though – we can organise a ski pass that covers both resorts, so you can go where the mood and the moment takes you each day.

Queenstown itself has the relaxed, cosmopolitan vibe you’d expect from a place where visitors from around the world mix with locals the whole year round. It’s a place that truly offers something for everyone, and plenty to do away from the mountains, from biking and golfing to shopping and wellness retreats, festivals and wineries to art galleries and heritage tours.

Queenstown is also home to some of the best restaurants in New Zealand, with fresh local produce proudly transformed into a mouthwatering variety of cuisines. And if it’s nightlife you want then look no further than Queenstown’s pubs and clubs, where you’ll find live music, happy hour drinks and a warm local welcome.

Check out some of our Queenstown highlights below…

 

 
 

 

SKI FIELDS NEAR QUEENSTOWN

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CORONET PEAK

 

Just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown Queenstown, you will discover Coronet Peak. From perfectly groomed beginner runs up to off-piste steeps that roll gently down to the valley below, there's an adventure to be had for every skier in the group.

Each piste offers breath-taking views of the rocky Remarkables range and the calm waters of Lake Wakatipu, meaning regular photo stops are a must. Heidi's Hut is a Mabey Ski favourite for a quick hot chocolate stop to warm your toes in front of the fire, or if you're looking for a hidden gem to avoid the crowds at lunch. The wall of old ski photos will transport you back to the origins of skiing in New Zealand - oh, and did we mention their pizza is out of this world...

For those who have yet to try night skiing, Coronet Peak takes it to the next level. With floodlit slopes, live DJ's spinning the decks and Coronet Peak Pale Ales flowing, it really is the ultimate après experience in New Zealand.

 
 

THE REMARKABLES

 
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Nestled in the famous mountain range of the same name, The Remarkables resort is made for family, fun, and freestyle, with a ski field that’s as rewarding for experienced powder hounds as it is welcoming for beginners. And if you are up for an off-piste adventure, this is one of our favourite spots for a quick hike up to the scenic rocky spires of Double Cone where you will discover sun-soaked chutes and fresh powder after a snowfall.

If you have kids in your group or people who love venturing into freestyle parks, The Remarkables is an ideal playground to develop your skills on forgiving beginner runs and exciting terrain parks. We love the intimate feeling of the skiing experience here on wide open groomed runs that all peer down into the valley below, so make sure your camera is at the ready to caputre the moment when the light is right.

When it’s time for a hearty mountain meal, The Remarkables Restaurant is a Mabey Ski favourite, and when après time rolls around, head to the outdoor Ice Bar that will be serving up buckets of Coronas on bench seats perched above the valley - all you need to do is kick back and relax while you admire the lines you skied that day.

 

 
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CARDRONA

 
 
 

If there is a resort in New Zealand that appeals to practically everyone, then Cardrona is it. From the first-time skier to speed demon and everyone in between, there’s something to make every skier feel like they’re at home in this progressive and comfortable mountain playground. With exciting and adventurous programs for kids and teens, there are plenty of places to explore on perfectly groomed runs throughout the idyllic beginner and intermediate terrain.

Advanced skiers will be eyeing off wide open groomers where they can put their head down and ski long arcing carved turns on the speed friendly piste. For the adventurous souls among us, there are off-piste spoils to be had that will keep everyone entertained, especially after a snowfall. And when it's time to rest and refuel, at Cardrona you are spoiled for choice with 8 distinctly different cafes and restaurants that include everything from a quick pit stop to warm your toes or a fine dining venue to enjoy a long lunch with friends.

Our favourite lunchtime indulgence is The Mezz, for one of the best a la carte meals in the New Zealand Alps - and for those who have not yet sipped glasses of champagne from a mountain top, might be best to end their day at Vista Bar for an unforgettable aprés session amongst the alpenglow.

 
 

WHERE WE SLEEP

EICHARDT’S PRIVATE HOTEL

Queenstown, New Zealand

Eichardt’s Private Hotel is a Queenstown icon providing fine accommodation in seven luxurious Lake View Suites, four comfortably appointed Lakefront Apartments, The Residence and The Penthouse, all situated on premium lakefront positions in the heart of Queenstown.

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BLANKET BAY LODGE

Queenstown, New Zealand

Nestled amidst rugged snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s finest Lodge – Blanket Bay. Here the art of pure relaxation is celebrated. The Lodge at Blanket Bay sits within sprawling grounds on the bush-clad fringes of Lake Wakatipu. Built in the grand style of the finest alpine Lodges and finished with native New Zealand timber and stone, the Lodge is a sanctuary of comfort.

Various room types

CHALET NEW ZERMATT

Queenstown, New Zealand

With spectacular panoramic views over some of New Zealand's most iconic landmarks, this exclusive Chalet offers complete peace, tranquility and luxury unrivaled in the region. Reminiscent of European style and decorated with sleek and modern interiors, this exceptionally large chalet has every detail covered with 4 ensuite sized bedrooms, a bunk room, gym, sauna, outdoor spa, cinema, multiple firespaces, an internal lift and staff quarters. Luxury ski chalets literally don't get much better than this.

Up to 10 guests | 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms

AZUR LODGE

Queenstown, New Zealand

A distinctively contemporary Luxury Lodge with nine private villas located on a hilltop overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand. The best of both worlds - the feeling of privacy and remoteness and yet in five minutes be part of the local dynamic scene in downtown Queenstown.

Up to 3 guests | 1 bedroom | 1 bathroom

HULBERT HOUSE

Queenstown, New Zealand

One of Queenstown’s original residences, Hulbert House is the personification of luxury. Hulbert House is a beautifully restored Victorian villa dating back to 1888. Steeped in authentic history, we bring you a distinctive combination of historic elegance and contemporary service. Regarded as one of the most beautiful luxury boutique lodges that Queenstown has to offer, Hulbert House provides both luxury accommodation in Queenstown and a luxury experience suitable for all discerning international and domestic travellers.

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LODGE AT THE HILLS

Queenstown, New Zealand

An impressive architectural masterpiece, Lodge at The Hills is an accommodation experience that boasts a stunning collection of paintings and sculpture curated by Sir Michael and Lady Christine. It is also home to the world renowned private sculpture park on The Hills golf course, featuring works by New Zealand and international artists. The lodge is a haven where guests can relax and indulge in a host of unique experiences not normally accessible in even the most luxurious establishments.

Up to 12 guests | 6 bedrooms | 6 bathrooms

MATAKAURI LODGE

Queenstown, New Zealand

Spectacularly located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers luxury lodges accommodation in Queenstown and looks out to a mesmerizing panorama of the big three; The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peak.

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THE REES HOTEL AND LUXURY APARTMENTS

Queenstown, New Zealand

Quiet, private and sophisticated, The Rees Hotel epitomises southern New Zealand hospitality on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Boasting a spectacular alpine panorama of the Remarkable Mountain range, the Rees has a private beach and is home to the award-winning True South Dining Room; featuring a cellar that is regarded one of the best in New Zealand. Offering a variety of spacious and luxurious accommodation options from hotel rooms to lakeside terraces, their professional and friendly service will exceed the most discerning traveller's expectations.

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THE SPIRE HOTEL

Queenstown, New Zealand

Nestled in the heart of Queenstown, The Spire offers award winning luxury accommodation where genuine hospitality, serenity and style uniquely combine. Experience contemporary five-star facilities conveniently located within walking distance of Queenstown’s vibrant cultural scene, including shops, cafes, nightlife and four season lake and mountain resort activities.

Up to 2 guests per suite | 1 bedroom | 1 bathroom

THE VIEWS

Queenstown, New Zealand

Perched upon the North-East hillside of Lake Wakatipu, The Views captures the serenity of the calm waters and the grandeur of The Remarkables Range. Modern ambience is the tone, set by a slightly minimalistic interior, plush designer furniture, and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the picturesque mountain views. The experience is private and intimate in this stunning three-bedroom luxury rental; with an outdoor hot tub, barbeque, alfresco dining area and lavishly outfitted bedrooms, each with a soaring mountain view.

Up to 6 guests | 3 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms

 

THE VIEWS ON EDINBURGH

Queenstown, New Zealand

Spacious and filled with light, this contemporary villa has been architecturally finished and constructed in an elevated position, perfect for gazing down on Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding ranges. Ideal for couples and families, you'll immediately feel a sense of relaxation as you absorb the different landscapes from each vantage point in the house. Complete with jacuzzi, cinema room, office and generously decorated bedrooms, you might find it difficult to leave when it's time for your daily dose of powder adventures.

Up to 8 guests | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms