What to Look For in Family Accommodation
Family fun in Queenstown begins with a great place to stay. So, wherever you base yourself, make sure your accommodation suits your needs as well as your budget.
Types of accommodation
Queenstown offers families a wide choice of accommodation, including holiday parks, holiday homes, bed and breakfasts, motels, hotels and apartments. From budget to luxury, heritage to modern, there are many options to consider. Seasonal considerations are also important. Think about whether you would like access to a spa pool to help soothe the muscles after a day on the slopes? Or, would you like to be within walking distance of a safe alpine swimming spot in summer?
What do you plan to do during your stay in Queenstown? Self-driving offers you a great deal of flexibility in choosing your base, but if you do not have a vehicle, you need to find a location that allows you easy access to all the activities you have planned. Whether self-driving or catching a ride, you also need to know the travel times involved to help you answer the inevitable cry, “are we there yet?” Where to ski, swim, cycle, hike or eat may be easily decided by the whole family as soon as everyone knows how long it will take to get there. For example, Coronet Peak is a 20-minute drive from either Queenstown or Arrowtown, while it will take a slightly longer, but thrilling, 30 to 40-minute drive to reach the Remarkables. A 20-minute drive will get you from the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the Arrow River, where you can discover the historic goldmining town Arrowtown, while Glenorchy, the stunning gateway to the Paradise Valley and many of New Zealand’s most iconic walking tracks, is a 45-minute journey away.