What’s On: Leave your next luxe southern getaway in the hands of The Rees Hotel, Queenstown

The perfect location for a South Island sojourn or special occasion in five-star luxury sits on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

With its jaw-dropping mountain range and famously crystal clear lake waters, there’s a reason why picturesque Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island has long been a bucket list destination for travellers. If you’re looking for a stay that celebrates the best of the region, opt for The Rees Hotel, a New Zealand-owned, five-star hotel located right on the lakefront.

Built in 2007, this five-star hotel offers a variety of state-of-the-art accommodation options for resting your head, including 60 hotel rooms and 90 apartments showcasing panoramic views of the Remarkable Mountain range. Looking for a stay with a little added luxury and privacy? The hotel also boasts a rare find in this part of the world: five private 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom Lakeside Residences, all with terraces facing lakeward.


The Rees Hotel Queenstown can provide a plethora of ways to fill time during your break: peruse the library of rare books and art, take a turn in the fully-equipped gymnasium, head into the town centre care of the courtesy shuttle, and perhaps even brave a dip in the lake’s waters from the hotel’s private wharf — that last one is not for the faint-hearted. If you’re there purely to relax, indulge in a remedial massage or rejuvenating facial from the in-room spa services. Prefer to leave the planning to someone else? Take up the services of the accomplished Rees concierge team — including The Rees Residences’ ‘Luxury Travel Curator’. They’ll be on hand to plan and book activities before and throughout your stay, to make sure your holiday is designed to suit all your needs.

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For those considering the picturesque southern spot for a special occasion or event, the hotel has an array of different venues — including Ruma Wai Kahu, a conference room with arguably the best board-table views in the country.  There’s even a dedicated hotel event specialist to make sure the finer details all run smoothly, leaving guests more time to mix and mingle.

Because the best conversations happen over dinner, raise an evening toast with a glass of world-class Central Otago pinot noir or Marlborough sauvignon blanc, while taking in the views of the southern lakes from the award-winning, True South Dining Room. Explore the region through your taste buds by dining on dishes using locally sourced ingredients, while sampling wines from the Bordeau wine lounge — an exclusive cellar where wine from the world-renown chateaux of Bordeaux nestle alongside some of the best drops from around Aotearoa.

There to celebrate love? A range of wedding packages featuring locally sourced vendors is available — including a wildly stunning mountaintop heli wedding package and an intimate romantic package for an elegant celebration with friends and family.

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