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The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments enjoys a prime lakefront location on the Frankton Road approach to Queenstown. The complex is named after William Gilbert Rees, the pioneer settler and founder of Queenstown, and throughout the property you will find touches that allude to this heritage. The hotel rooms and apartments are spacious and beautifully finished, with careful touches of luxury and colour. 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 settlers.

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All rooms open out onto a balcony with panoramic views over the lake to the mountains beyond. The one, two and three bedroom apartments are available with a lake view option, which we highly recommend. They each have super king beds, gas fires in the living area, fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and large bathrooms with walk-in showers and a spa bath in the three bedroom apartment. Lake view hotel rooms are available with either a walk-in shower or a spa bath.


The property is situated on the lakefront, around two kilometres from the centre 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 centre of town.

Food and Drink

The Rees wine cellar houses some of the finest New Zealand and Bordeaux wines for guests to sample during their stay. Local seasonal ingredients are used to create delicious menus, which are updated monthly and served in the hotel's restaurant, True South. 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.

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.

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite 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.