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The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments

The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments

Queenstown, New Zealand

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The Rees Hotel enjoys a lakefront location on the Frankton Road approach to Queenstown. The complex is named after William Gilbert Rees, one of the first European inhabitants of Queenstown, and throughout the property you can find touches which allude to this heritage.

The hotel rooms and apartments are spacious and expertly finished, with careful touches of luxury and vibrancy. Constructed to be warm in winter and cool in summer, the design draws on the strong natural landforms of the surrounding Otago landscape and the enduring building traditions of the European inhabitants.

The Rees has numerous initiatives to work towards their social and environmental goals. This includes reducing waste, using compostable materials where possible, striving towards energy efficiency and a recycling partnership with Soap Aid. They also source as much as they can from local suppliers, promoting the use of Māori language and culture, and displaying Māori art within the hotel. They also provide staff training on these important issues to ensure it’s a key part of their culture.

OUR OPINION:

Given their size, the rooms here are superb value for money, with the compromise being that you are a little way out of town. Please note, there are lots of steps at this property.

OUR RATING: First Class

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Rooms

The Rees Hotel enjoys a lakefront location on the Frankton Road approach to Queenstown. The complex is named after William Gilbert Rees, one of the first European inhabitants of Queenstown, and throughout the property you can find touches which allude to this heritage.

The hotel rooms and apartments are spacious and expertly finished, with careful touches of luxury and vibrancy. Constructed to be warm in winter and cool in summer, the design draws on the strong natural landforms of the surrounding Otago landscape and the enduring building traditions of the European inhabitants.

The Rees has numerous social and environmental sustainability goals that can be seen throughout the hotel through various initiatives. They are partnered with Soap Aid to recycle used soap, aim to source local and New Zealand goods and services, and have implemented a paperless check in procedure to name a few.

Location

The property is situated on the lakefront, around two kilometers from the center of Queenstown, where you will find a huge selection of restaurants, shops and activities. A courtesy shuttle bus is available for guests, or it is a scenic 25-minute walk along the lake to the center of town.

Food and drink

The Rees wine cellar houses some of the finest New Zealand wines for guests to sample during their stay. The hotel’s restaurant offers fine dining with a creative twist, updating their menus monthly. They use locally sourced seasonal ingredients including herbs grown in their garden. Food waste is donated to a local composting project too. Alternatively, you can travel into town to sample one of Queenstown's many fantastic restaurants and bars.

Facilities and activities

The main building houses the Rees gallery, library and wine cellar, as well as the bar. The on-site award-winning restaurant, True South, serves fine dining with a creative twist. We particularly like the True South observatory, which provides a fabulous viewpoint to gaze at the stars of the southern sky.

Environmental and social responsibility

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Tour ideas in Queenstown

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can't be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area's inhabitants.

    • 4x4 Safari of Scenes
      Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

      4x4 Safari of Scenes

      4x4 Safari of Scenes

      The perfect tour for those who want the thrills of an off-road adventure but also want to discover exciting 'Lord of the Rings' film locations.

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    • Dart River Wilderness Safari
      Jet boat on the Dart River

      Dart River Wilderness Safari

      Dart River Wilderness Safari

      Board the Dart River jet-boat on a white-knuckle ride for an hour and a half up the narrow, meandering waterway, into real wilderness country.

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    • Routeburn Track — 3 Days
      Lake McKerrow, Hollyford Track

      Routeburn Track — 3 Days

      Routeburn Track — 3 Days

      Climb a well-graded track to Key Summit, where you can sit among the alpine plants and partake in 'The Annual General Meeting of the Mountains'. You then descend to Lake Howden before gradually climbing through lush silver beech forest to the base of Earland Falls: quite a sight in wet weather!

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