If you want to locate yourself in the middle of all the action, with vibrant night life, restaurants and cafes on your door step, there are plenty of accommodation options for you.
Located near the gondola, within walking distance to the heart of Queenstown’s CBD sits Browns Boutique Hotel. A European styled boutique hotel with views over Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables, Brown's has a cosy central dining and lounge room great for planning your day, or relaxing after a day’s activities with other guests.
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Novotel Queenstown Lakeside sits right on the edge of the lake and in the middle of town. Within one minute walking distance to art galleries, cafes, restaurants and bars as well as Lake Wakatipu, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside certainly has hit a sweet spot when it comes to location.
For a full list of accommodation in central Queenstown and surrounds, see here.
Should you wish to experience Queenstown at more of a relaxed pace but would still like to be within an easy drive or energetic walk of all the action, Fernhill is a picturesque and convenient location.
Kamana Lakehouse is situated on the lower slopes of Ben Lomond overlooking Lake Wakatipu with expansive views over the lake and surrounding mountains. Kick back at the hotel restaurant and bar Nest at Kamana and enjoy a few drinks and dinner.
Frankton and Kelvin Heights
Frankton and Kelvin Heights are great locations for those who want to base themselves within a short drive of Queenstown's CBD, The Remarkables Ski Field, and Queenstown Airport. Frankton is a hub of it's own, with a great selection of supermarkets, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Situated an easy 10 minute drive from Queenstown Airport, but with a prime lake front location is Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa. With a collection of on-site restaurants and bars, a spa, and lakeside walking trails on your door step, Hilton Queenstown in 'Kawarau Village' is a hub of its own. However, if you wish to leave the 'village' the Queenstown CBD is only an easy 20-minute drive or 15-minute scenic water taxi away.
Oaks Club Resort is another option for those who want a lake front location that is only a short drive from Queenstown's town centre. Located on Frankton Road, Oaks Club Resort looks out over Lake Wakatipu and includes one, two and three bedroom apartments, most with full kitchens and laundry facilities.
An easy 7-minute drive from Queenstown’s town centre will take you to beautiful Arthurs Point. Ideal for those who want to spend time in stunning surrounds at more of a relaxed pace, or for outdoor adventure enthusiasts looking to maximise time spent exploring nearby mountains and rivers.
THC Nugget Point Hotel is situated on the hillside overlooking the Shotover River, a tranquil spot to relax and soak in the views from your balcony, or get a massage at the onsite spa and treatment rooms. Head up Coronet Peak with your ski’s over winter or the mountain bikes over summer and spend the afternoon beer tasting at near-by Canyon Food and Brew. Or, dust off the cobwebs with a jaunt through the Shotover Canyons on the Shotover Jet.
If you’d like to base yourself somewhere totally unique, historic Arrowtown, located 20 minutes from Queenstown’s town centre, is a beautiful place to stay and visit. Arrowtown is a delightful gold rush village with a rich and interesting history, an exciting hub of activity with award-winning restaurants and boutique cafes and shops.
Arrowtown has a range of boutique lodges and B&B’s, including the likes of Arrowtown Lodge which is located on a tree lined street offering views towards Sawpit Gully and Macetown. An easy walk from Arrowtown's main street Buckingham Street, you have the option of relaxing in the sunny garden next to the outdoor fire at the lodge, or you can stroll down the road to hire a bike and explore the Queenstown Trail.
There are plenty of places to stay in Arrowtown, find out more here.