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Accomodation Views Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge

Find a Room With a View

Looking for somewhere to rest your head has never been more exciting. In Queenstown, not only is there a wide choice of accommodation levels, from campgrounds and holiday parks to luxury lodges and hotels, but you’ve got a plethora of options when it comes to what you want to see out the window.

Mountain views accomodation Queenstown Crown Plaza

Crowne Plaza room with a view

Crowne Plaza room with a view

Mountain Views

There’s no escaping mountains on a visit to Queenstown, which lies at the bottom of the Southern Alps, and they dramatically dominate the landscape in almost every direction. The mountains are spectacular at any time of year but most of the time you’ll see at least a dusting of snow on their jagged tips. As well as The Remarkables along the southeastern side of Lake Wakatipu, during a visit to the area you can enjoy views of Cecil Peak, Walter Peak, Ben Lomond and many others. 

Vineyard Queenstown Accomodation Kinross Cottages

Vineyard views at Kinross Cottages

Vineyard views at Kinross Cottages

Vineyard Views

Central Otago is particularly famous for its pinot noir, and the Queenstown and neighbouring Gibbston regions have more than 75 wineries. This, of course, means acres and acres of beautiful grapevines, so if vineyards are your vista du jour, head for one of the area’s wine-growing regions to find a place to rest your head, with a number of boutique accommodation options to choose from. Less than an hour away are pretty Bannockburn and Cromwell, which are both home to world-class wineries too. 

Queenstown Lake Views The Rees Accomodation

Lake views from The Rees

Lake views from The Rees

Lake Views

The distinctive snake-shaped Lake Wakatipu, the longest lake in New Zealand at 80km, offers plenty of accommodation providers with fresh-water views, and many will have big picture windows facing towards it. Other lakes in the region include Lake Hayes, which lies at the southern end of the Wakatipu Basin. These alpine lakes may be incredibly pretty but swimming in them is not for the faint-hearted: the average temperature is about 12C.

River Views

If you like your water views fast flowing and changeable, the tributaries that feed into Lake Wakatipu in particular are destinations in themselves, and where many of the region’s adventure activities take place. The closest rivers to town are the Shotover (home to the world-famous Shotover Jet) and the Kawarau (think bungy jumping), while north is the Dart River, near Glenorchy.

City Views Queenstown Accomodation

Dusk view of Shotover Street

Dusk view of Shotover Street

City Views

If you’re after more of an urban experience, the vibrant city centre has plenty to offer. Everything is within walking distance, so you can take your pick of world class eateries and shopping, or wander down to the lakefront to catch a boat. On Saturdays be sure to stop by the weekly art and craft market at Earnslaw Park. Most of the tourist attractions run transport services from town, so it’s not essential to have a car.

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