Save the kea
Set in the picturesque New Zealand alpine wonderland of Queenstown, The Rees Hotel boasts a range of five-star accommodation with picture-perfect views of Lake Wakatipu. Located just a stone’s throw from the city centre and nestled at the foot of a glorious mountain range, The Rees Hotel is known for its superior ‘southern hospitality’.
The Rees Hotel offers many comforts with its accommodation options, including lake-view rooms and apartments, superior bedrooms and apartments and executive rooms and apartments. The hotel also boasts an art gallery and library containing rare books, a gymnasium and a spa with massage therapy to rejuvenate after a day on the slopes or out exploring New Zealand’s adrenaline capital. The spa even offers a pregnancy massage for expecting mums.
At night in the acclaimed True South restaurant run by award-winning chef, Ben Batterbury, you’ll feast on local ingredients and sample wines from the extensive cellar, containing the finest vintages from New Zealand and Europe. There are also four different kinds of hot chocolate for the little ones to choose from. When you and your family wander back to your room with full bellies, it’s time for a complimentary family movie, updated monthly for the hotel.
One of the best-known attractions of Queenstown is, of course, the snow. The Rees Hotel is happy to help organise your family’s snow adventure by organising gear hire, lessons, transport to the ski fields and even heli-skiing. If you want an adventure off the slopes, the hotel’s private jetty serves as a platform for swimming and fishing, as well as providing jet boat and water taxi services to golf courses and airport transfers. Mountain bikes are available for use and luxury vehicles are also on hand for guests. The Rees’ lakefront is also a reserve that is actively pursuing the conservation of endangered New Zealand bird species, such as the kea. There are fewer than 3000 left in New Zealand and guests can help save the alpine parrot by purchasing a “Gilbert Rees” kea soft toy, named after the hotel’s founder.
Sales of ‘Gilbert’ help raise money for the Kea Conservation Trust and the Department of Conservation. The mascot is on sale now at The Rees Hotel for NZ$15 each.