Save the kea

Holiday with Kids - - Hotel Review -

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’.

South­ern com­fort

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.

Moun­tain ad­ven­ture

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.

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