The place:

Sunday Star-Times - - TRAVEL -

QT Queen­stown, a luxe bou­tique ho­tel with in­com­pa­ra­ble views over crys­tal-clear Lake Wakatipu.


The trendy lake­side re­sort in­dulges you with views of the wa­ter and The Re­mark­ables so gen­uinely stunning that you feel like you’re in a post­card.

The space:

The ho­tel is the Aus­tralian com­pany’s sec­ond New Zealand prop­erty, fol­low­ing the re­cently opened QT Mu­seum Welling­ton. It boasts ‘‘a lux­u­ri­ous nos­tal­gic alpine and apresski ambience’’, and it de­liv­ers.

On ar­rival, the ho­tel re­cep­tion area is a vis­ual feast, fea­tur­ing floor-to­ceil­ing graphic art in­spired by Queen­stown’s win­ter sports, can­dy­coloured fur­ni­ture, lush fur throws and a float­ing fire­place.

On en­ter­ing your room, you’ll most likely feel an over­whelm­ing sense of self-loathing, be­cause no mat­ter how much money you ever make, your own home will never look this chic. But in this apart­ment, you are the metropoli­tan, James Bond-ver­sion of your­self that you were al­ways des­tined to be, if only for a night.

The room is drip­ping in rich tex­tiles, trendy fur­ni­ture, and brass and leather de­tail­ing. En­joy happy hour for one with your own cock­tail kit in front of the per­fect In­sta­grammable back­drop, or wan­der down to Reds Bar for a few gins at sun­set. Here, res­i­dent mixol­o­gist Gethin Curtis even of­fers a hands-on mas­ter­class in mak­ing your favourite tip­ple. Per­fect for hens’ par­ties, or just a ca­sual Thurs­day.

At the in-house Bazaar In­ter­ac­tive Mar­ket­place chefs pro­vide a the­atri­cal, in­ter­ac­tive din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence us­ing Cen­tral Otago’s fresh pro­duce.

Step­ping out:

For the ul­ti­mate ro­man­tic ex­pe­ri­ence, head to the On­sen Hot Pools to soak in the views while you soak away your stresses. Ob­vi­ously less ro­man­tic if trav­el­ling alone like I was, but a bucket-list must none­the­less.

If you man­age to drag your­self out of the spa and away from your new pre­tend apart­ment, you re­ally should see the sights. Book an Art & Wine tour with Alpine Ad­ven­tures, whose rep­re­sen­ta­tive will col­lect you from the ho­tel and show you the best places in Queen­stown and Ar­row­town. If art isn’t your thing, tell them what you’re into (like eat­ing cheese) and they’ll de­sign a be­spoke tour.

If you fancy a night out, it has to be Am­is­field. It’s uber luxe, but worth it, I prom­ise.


At the QT Queen­stown you live like a celebrity, if only for a week­end. My heart broke when my visit came to an end, I wanted to stay for­ever.


Rooms from $250 in the low sea­son.


Din­ner at Bazaar, the great staff, and that view. And the soft­est dress­ing gown that was in my room.




The ho­tel re­cep­tion area is a vis­ual feast.

A room with a once-in-a-life­time kind of view.

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