Azur Lodge enjoys a great location just outside Queenstown, truly maximizing its breathtaking lake views. The main lodge building is perched on the hillside, with every room facing out towards the lake and the mountains beyond.
Situated on a large vineyard in the Gibbston Valley, Kinross Cottages offer a taste of rural living in a scenic and tranquil location.
There are only 14 Studio Cottage rooms here, all offering views of the surrounding vines and mountains. The cottages are spacious, with high ceilings, large beds and full kitchen facilities so you can cook for yourself if you wish. You’ll also get a generous veranda for admiring the views.
Wine is a key element of a visit and the property acts as cellar door for Coal Pit, Domaine Thomson, Hawkshead, Valli and Wild Irishman wines, as well as their own labels, offering tastings and advice to guests and visitors for the premier wines of the region.
There is a bistro on site, serving local, seasonal foods, and a hot tub, petanque courts, and yoga, Pliates or yin yoga sessions every day.
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Sleek, modern and stylish, the spacious Studio Cottages at Kinross are contemporary in design with crisp white walls and linen, warm woods and mountain and vineyard views. The sleek, neutral palette is complemented by wicker and leather chairs, and each room has its own kitchenette with a microwave and an oven. There’s a private veranda outside as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, large TVs and air conditioning, while the bright bathrooms have a bath or shower.
Kinross Cottages are set on a working vineyard, 25 minutes’ drive from Queenstown and 15 minutes’ drive from Arrowtown. Surrounded by views of the mountains and vineyard, it’s a tranquil place to stay, with plenty of opportunity to explore the vineyard, hike, cycle or simply relax.
Food and drink
Breakfast is served in the warm, timber-lined dining room and includes a good selection of breads, pastries and cereals, homemade jams, fresh fruit and juice, and eggs cooked to order. For lunch and dinner, the bistro serves a menu of local, seasonal dishes with many of the ingredients coming from the property’s herb and vegetables gardens and heritage orchard.
Facilities and activities
Along with mountain views, the property has a hot tub, petanque court, and daily yoga and Pilates sessions. There’s also a children’s playground on site.
A unique place to stay in the Gibbston valley, the wines here are superb and we highly recommend a tasting while you are here.
Queenstown tour ideas
Places & hotels on the map
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 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.
Browns Boutique is a friendly and intimate hotel with great views over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, and is only a short walk away from the town center and waterfront.
With an elevated position on a forested hillside, the Heritage Hotel overlooks Lake Wakatipu. Its modern and spacious rooms offer a variety stunning views.
Hidden Lodge is elegant and luxurious and provides a unique experience by combining the sophistication of a small private hotel with the warmth of a large family home.
Overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri is luxury lodge offering fine dining, superb service and beautiful accommodation in a wonderful setting.
This modern hotel offers a comfortable stay in the heart of Queenstown, next to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the stunning Southern Alps.
Overlooking Queenstown Bay, with spectacular lake and mountain views, Queenstown House offers charming B&B accommodation with a genuine commitment to providing New Zealand hospitality at its best.
Enjoying a delightful lakefront location on the approach to Queenstown, the Rees is an excellent value hotel with spacious rooms and apartments.
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.
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.
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.
Depart early this morning on your hot air balloon flight over the magnificent scenery surrounding Queenstown. Lift off usually takes place in the valleys between Queenstown and Arrowtown with magnificent views of the unique terrain.
Dart Stables provide a superb riding experience through some of New Zealand's most breathtaking scenery. You will journey through locations used in such films as 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Willow' whilst taking in the spectacular surroundings.
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!
The Shotover Jet is an adrenaline fuelled jet boat trip through the Shotover Canyon, which towers over you on either side. Skim around crags and boulders and then enjoy the sensation as the boat spins around 360 degrees in its own length.
Affectionately know as the 'Lady of the Lake', the TSS Earnslaw has been steaming the length of Lake Wakatipu since 1912. You can watch sheepdogs in action, see the shearing or even try your hand at wool spinning. After morning or afternoon tea you then steam back to Queenstown.