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Where to Stay in Queenstown New Zealand: Best Areas, Hotels & Accommodation Options

Where to Stay in Queenstown New Zealand: Best Areas, Hotels & Accommodation Options

A complete and up-to-date accommodation guide for where to stay in Queenstown, New Zealand. Features the best Queenstown hotels, ranging from luxury lodges to budget backpacker accommodations.

Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital, and perhaps one of the most scenic mountain towns in the world. There is an abundance of activities and things to do in Queenstown, from skiing to hiking to just enjoying the ambience of The Remarkables Mountain Range above beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

It’s no wonder then that this town attracts over three million visitors every year, all looking for the best places to stay to make the most of this incredible pocket of New Zealand.

In this accommodation guide, I aim to arm you with all the knowledge you require to help you find where to stay in Queenstown. I’ve included a summary of the best areas, as well as hotel options, ranging from luxury mountain lodges with mountain views and spas to budget-friendly, backpacker hostels.

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Olly gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, traveler, travel blogger & photographer for 5+ years with 600+ published travel guides. I visit every place I write about & share real tips from what I learn.

A Quick Rundown of Where to Stay in Queenstown

Best Queenstown Luxury Hotel: Shotover Penthouse

Where to Stay close to Queenstown Airport: The Rees Hotel

Best Value Hotel: Melbourne Lodge

Top Budget Accommodation: YHA Lakefront

Best Area to Stay in Queenstown

The actual town of Queenstown is remarkably small for its huge tourist draw. However, before you dive into the accommodation list for where to stay, you might want to understand a little more about Queenstown and the different areas.

Below is a quick summary to help you pick the best place to stay, depending on the activities you'd enjoy.

Areas to stay near queenstown, new zealand
  • Queenstown - Refers to downtown, it's quite small, you can walk to pubs, clubs, restaurants, shops, the Gondola and Lake Wakatipu. Most tours and activities include transport from town.
  • Fern Hill - A residential hill just above the town. Many locals and seasonal workers live here as it's more affordable. It's a little bit harder to walk to the main attractions from here.
  • Bob's Cove - A small, beautiful lakeside township offering short walks and luxury accommodation just 15 minutes out of town.
  • Arrowtown - Another small, historic mining town 18 minutes from Queenstown. The much quieter and quaint atmosphere with walking tracks and river close by. Also good for Queenstown accommodation for skiing as it's close to the Mount Coronet Ski Slopes.
  • Frankton & Shotover - Closer to the airport. Many Queenstown hotel options are found alongside the Shotover River. It's close to attractions like the Shotover Bridge, Kawarau Gorge Bungy and the Remarkables Ski Area.

To summarise, if you're looking for where to stay in Queenstown for nightlife, restaurants and being close to the action, choose a hotel or hostel close to town. If you're looking for Queenstown accommodation for skiing, you could also consider lodging in either Arrowtown or in Shotover. If you're looking to get away somewhere quieter, check out Bob's Cove.

Shotover jet in queenstown
Shotover Jet
Shotover country from lake alta saddle viewpoint
Shotover River
Arrowtown in autumn, new zealand
Lake wakitapu in queenstown
Lake Wakatipu

Summary of the Best Hotels in Queenstown

Before we get into the detailed recommendations for where to stay in Queenstown, check out this quick summary table.

The prices indicated are average and can vary, but is a good estimate of what to expect. Click the name of the hotel to check up-to-date prices on for the best deals on accommodation.

Luxury Hotels

Shotover penthouse & spa queenstown accommodation new zealandShotover PenthouseQueenstown$$$$
Commonage villas queenstown new zealand accommodationCommonage VillasQueenstown$$$$
Azur lodge queenstown accommodation new zealandAzur LodgeFern Hill$$$$
Remarkable escape queenstown new zealand accommodationRemarkable EscapeFern Hill$$$$

Best Mid-Range Hotels

Lakeridge queenstown new zealand accommodationLakeRidgeQueenstown$$$
The rees hotel & luxury apartments queenstown new zealandThe Rees HotelFrankton$$$
Kamana lakehouse queenstown new zealandKamana LakehouseFern Hill$$$
Millbrook resort arrowtown near queenstown, new zealandMillbrook ResortArrowtown$$$
The canyons b&b queenstown new zealand accommodationThe Canyons B&BShotover$$

Best Budget Hostels

Melbourne lodge queenstown new zealand accommodationMelbourne LodgeQueenstown$$
The black sheep backpackers queenstown accommodationThe Black SheepQueenstown$
Tahuna pod hostel queenstown new zealand accommodationTahuna Pod Hostel
Queenstown yha, where to stay for backpackersYHA QueenstownQueenstown$

Best Places to Stay in Queenstown

For those looking for a bit more information on where to stay in Queenstown, I've included a summary with photos of all the Queenstown accommodation options listed below.

Best Luxury Hotels

Shotover Penthouse & Spa

  • Area: Queenstown
  • Best for: Incredible views and outdoor hot tub

Shotover Penthouse & Spa is an incredible apartment that features an outdoor terrace with a barbecue and hot tub. It is situated 200m from the Skyline Gondola and Luge and is 1.3km from the Shotover river.

The apartment offers three large bedrooms and a spacious dining and kitchen. Wi-Fi and free parking is available on-site. Shotover Penthouse & Spa is a perfect holiday option all year round and a great place to stay in Queenstown if a luxury, central location is important.

Shotover penthouse & spa queenstown accommodation new zealand

Commonage Villas

  • Area: Queenstown
  • Best for: Panoramic views over Lake Wakatipu

Commonage Villas offers 5-star luxury views over Lake Wakatipu and its surrounding landscapes. There are two styles of villas to choose from but both are luxury-style with mountain views. Each Villa offers large dining and seating areas and is a great place to stay in Queenstown if you're looking for a hotel with a spa bath.

Commonage Villas is situated on Queenstown Hill and is only a 7-minute walk downhill to Queenstown Centre. These villas are a great pick for families or small groups who want to explore Queenstown and want to enjoy the mountain views.

Commonage villas queenstown new zealand accommodation

Azur Lodge

  • Area: Queenstown
  • Best for: Spa bath with panoramic views

Azur Lodge features panoramic views over Lake Wakatipu and is situated on the foot of Fern Hill (Sunshine Bay). It offers room service breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and runs a private shuttle to and from the town center every day. Each bedroom provides spectacular views of the Remarkables Mountain Range and Lake Wakatipu.

This one is a great luxury hotel option for those interested in where to stay in Queenstown for a romantic getaway or a relaxing solo retreat.

Azur lodge queenstown accommodation new zealand

Remarkable Escape

  • Area: Fern Hill
  • Best for: Luxury holiday house with mountain views

Remarkable Escape is a luxury four-bedroom holiday house located just a five minute drive from central Queenstown. This property also features stunning views over lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable mountain range. It offers open living areas with a spa pool, a large kitchen, and an outdoor fireplace.

Remarkable Escape is located in a quiet street and has outstanding restaurants within a short walking distance. Walking to the town center can also be done by taking the beautiful lake walkway.

Remarkable escape queenstown new zealand accommodation

Best Mid-Range Hotels


  • Area: Queenstown
  • Best for: Stunning Remarkables Mountain views

Did you come looking for a luxury place to stay in Queenstown, complete with stunning views at an affordable price? LakeRidge offers two and three bedroom apartments that each include a large lounge room area, equipped kitchen, spa, and indoor fireplace.

LakeRidge is a short five-minute walk to the town center and an eight-minute walk to the Skyline Gondola. It is a top pick for families and groups due to its indoor and outdoor living areas.

Lakeridge queenstown new zealand accommodation

The Rees Hotel

  • Area: Queenstown
  • Best for: Lakefront balconies and spectacular views

The Rees Hotel and Apartments offers one to three-bedroom modern rooms equipped with private balconies which overlook Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding Remarkable mountains.

This stunning Queenstown accommodation is a short ten-minute drive from the town center towards Frankton and it provides a range of services to its guests such as massage, body and facial treatments and mountain bike hire. Perfect fit for families or groups wanting a luxury experience for an affordable price.

The rees hotel & luxury apartments queenstown new zealand

Kamana Lakehouse

  • Area: Queenstown
  • Best for: Buffet Breakfast and incredible views

Kamana Lakehouse is just a short five-minute drive from Queenstown center at the base of Fern Hill. It offers incredible views of the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. Additionally, guests can also enjoy a range of modern rooms which cater for up to two adults and two children.

For hiking enthusiasts, Kamana Lakehouse is a good pick for where to stay in Queenstown as it's only a five-minute walk from the entrance to the famous Ben Lomond track and Fernhill Loop Track.

Kamana lakehouse queenstown new zealand

The Millbrook Resort

  • Area: Arrowtown
  • Best for: Affordable Luxury Lodge in Arrowtown

The Millbrook Resort is an award-winning 5-star retreat located on 650 acres of beautiful countryside near Arrowtown. For those people looking for an all-inclusive retreat away from the hustle and bustle but still close enough to get in on the highlights, look no further.

The Millbrook has elegantly decorated suites with mountain views and features a Fitness Centre and three outdoor hot pools!

Millbrook resort arrowtown near queenstown, new zealand

The Canyons B&B

  • Area: Shotover
  • Best for: Shotover river views outdoor spa pool

The Canyons B&B just a short five-minute drive from the town center offers spectacular views of the Shotover River and surrounding mountain peaks.

This Queenstown B&B features spacious rooms with private patios and an outdoor spa pool. This is a great place to stay for those wanting to immerse themselves within the landscapes that this incredible region has to offer. It's also a great lodge for skiers as it's closer to the Remarkables Ski Fields and the incredible Lake Alta hike.

The canyons b&b queenstown new zealand accommodation

Bonus Accommodation: Glam Camping Queenstown

  • Area: Moke Lake
  • Best for: Glamping experience

Glam camping is a glamping experience you don't want to miss. Situated off the grid overlooking Moke Lake the views are incredible. All tents have access to a shared cooking facility and bathroom. The tents sleep two people and are a popular choice for those who want peace and quiet whilst being surrounded by mountains and nature.

Glam camping is a twenty-minute drive from Queenstown and has a range of outdoor hikes and activities nearby.

Glam camping queenstown new zealand accommodation

Best Budget Hostels & Value Hotels

Melbourne Lodge

  • Area: Queenstown
  • Best for: Mountain views at an affordable price

Melbourne Lodge is located five minutes walk from central Queenstown. It offers picturesque views of the Remarkable mountains and has a large shared outdoor sundeck.

This is a great choice for where to stay cheaply in Queenstown. This lodge is suitable for families or those traveling solo on a budget.

Melbourne lodge queenstown new zealand accommodation

The Black Sheep Backpackers

  • Area: Queenstown
  • Best for: Backpackers close to Skyline Gondola and Luge

The Black Sheep Backpackers is a fun-filled hostel that features pod beds, an outdoor hot tub, and loads of storage for your ski gear. It is located within walking distance from central Queenstown and it also offers free bike rental. It's an excellent Queenstown backpacker accommodation option as the hostel is very close to the action and has great reviews for the vibe.

This is a great choice for those wanting to socialize and meet other travelers.

The black sheep backpackers queenstown accommodation

Tahuna Pod Hostel

  • Area: Queenstown
  • Best for: Pod hostel with city views and location

Tahuna Pod Hostel offers exceptional views of the Remarkable mountains and is situated in central Queenstown. This one is commonly referred to as one of the best hostels in the world, so don't miss it!

Tahuna Pod Hostel is close to the Skyline Gondola and Luge and is surrounded by a range of different restaurants and cafes. It is also a short walk from the entrance of Queenstown hill. I would recommend this to those traveling solo in Queenstown and who want an affordable place to stay and are looking for privacy.

Tahuna pod hostel queenstown new zealand accommodation

YHA Queenstown Lakefront

  • Area: Queenstown
  • Best for: Atmosphere and Location

YHA opposite the incredible Lake Wakatipu is one of the best and highest-rated hostels in Queenstown. If you’re looking to meet other adventure travelers, be close to the action, and prefer a comfortable dorm bed, don’t look past YHA Lakefront.

This is one of the most popular cheap accommodation options for where to stay in Queenstown.

Queenstown yha, where to stay for backpackers

More Travel & Adventure Guides to Queenstown & New Zealand

I hope that you've found this accommodation guide to the best places to stay in Queenstown helpful for planning your next trip to New Zealand's adventure capital!

If you're still planning your travels, don't miss out on some of my other articles for things to do including hikes, adrenaline activities, and tips to finding hidden gems in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Best places to stay in queenstown
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