Five star skiing luxury in New Zealand’s South

29 March 2017
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The thought of New Zealand’s South Island conjures images of snow-capped mountains reflected on glassy lakes, wild rivers and rapids, and bizarre tropical forests amid snowy landscapes. The South Island is also home to the Alps – a massive mountain chain that provides the country’s premier skiing locations. What we have outlined below is some five star blissful lodges located in and around Queenstown, the South Island’s premier skiing hub.


Queenstown's Wakatipu, summer and winter wonderland. (Image courtesy of Getty)

Eichardt’s Private Hotel

Eichardt’s Private Hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, one of the world’s premier luxury hotel brands. Named New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort for each year the awards have been running. Our team strives to go above and beyond to meet our guest’ needs, arranging anything from a private heli-skiing experience on untouched powder to in-suite boot and board/ski fittings.

Eichardt's Hotel - true stylish glamour in the Nz Alps. (Image courtesy of Eichardts)

Eichardt’s Private Hotel and The Spire Hotel were also named New Zealand’s Best Luxury Suite Hotel and New Zealand’s Best Luxury Romantic Hotel respectively at the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Blanket Bay Lodge

A seamless blend into the pristine environment. (Image courtesy of Blanket Bay Lodge)

Accommodation at Blanket Bay is provided in five intimate Lodge Rooms, three generous Lodge Suites in the Main Lodge, and four superb Chalet Suites all filled with sumptuous furnishings and elegant rugs. Natural materials are showcased throughout, echoing the Lodge's integration and interaction with the environment. All rooms within the Lodge are placed to take full advantage of the magnificent lake and mountain vistas. Enjoy ultimate privacy and space in the Owners Residence.

Glenorchy picture perfection in Queenstown. (Image courtesy of Getty)

The Spire Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Queenstown, New Zealand’s premier holiday destination, The Spire Hotel offers award winning luxury Queenstown accommodation where genuine hospitality, serenity and style uniquely combine. Experience contemporary five-star facilities conveniently located within walking distance of Queenstown’s vibrant cultural scene, including shops, cafes, nightlife and four season lake and mountain resort activities. Ideal for a romantic getaway, or those seeking a rejuvenating and soulful experience, The Spire Hotel inherits its name from a nearby church steeple and today is highly regarded all over the world for service excellence and indulgence.

Dine in at The Spire Hotel’s signature restaurant & bar No5 Church Lane, offering delicious modern New Zealand cuisine and premium cocktail list, with an extensive wine selection.

Queenstown - plenty of action by day on the slopes and a thriving nightlife to finish the day. (Image courtesy of Getty)

Azur Luxury Lodge

Each identical villa is 79sqm of open plan living in the midst of New Zealand’s natural environment. Incorporating a lounge, dining area, a private sun deck with a choice of either a king or twin beds dressed with luxury linen to promise an exceptional sleep experience. Soak up the spectacular unobstructed views from the bathtub, which has been set into a bay window to give you a feeling of being outdoors.

Cold outside, toasty inside - Azur's luxurious Lodge. (Image courtesy of Azur)

Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

For slightly more affordable luxury Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel stands alone as Queenstown’s newest luxury boutique hotel. Be inspired by the alpine views, luxuriate in the quality 5 star accommodation and appreciate the stylish design and sophisticated service. Revel in the personal attention and local knowledge provided by your hotel hosts. Centrally located, yet surrounded by parklands, this 19 room architecturally-designed hotel complements Queenstown’s majestic mountain backdrop to perfection.

Queenstown Park Hotel - wonderful affordable and stylish accommodation. (Image courtesy of Getty)

Tara Young

The experience of travel changes a person. I see my job as highlighting what amazing travel opportunities there are to broaden your knowledge of that great big world beyond your doorstep and what you may learn about yourself on the way.