Queenstown hotels and accommodation

Beautiful Queenstown is known as the Adventure Capital of the world and offers heaps of things to do in all seasons.

You'll need a place to rest your head after so much excitement, whether that's a 5-star hotel or something more affordable. Whatever it is you're looking for, we can help you find it at a great price, and save you both time and money.

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Popular places to stay and things to do in Queenstown

Hotels in Queenstown NZ, and accommodation deals of all kinds, are spread across town in a number of spots. You might like to be right in the action, or prefer to avoid the central hotels and enjoy the more peaceful and equally scenic outskirts of town. Whatever you're after, these are a few of the best places to look.

Hotels in Central Queenstown

The town centre is full of life. If you'd like to be among it, you'll have no shortage of places to stay, running the gamut from Queenstown's 5-star accommodation to budget hotels. Wake and walk to the water flanked by rising hills, and have all the cafes and activities you could wish for within a few steps around you, too.

Things to do near your Central Queenstown hotel:

  • Skyline: The gondola, luge and skyline terminal are a popular way to spend half a day, and the bottom of the gondola is right in town at the top of Brecon Street. Ride the gondola to the top of the hill to take in amazing views, grab something to eat and take a thrilling ride down on the luge. Once is never enough!
  • Waterfront: Wander the outstandingly picturesque Queenstown trail from Steamer Wharf along the urban waterfront and through Queenstown Gardens
  • Food and drink: Fergburger is perhaps the region's most famous eatery, but there are myriad restaurants and bars in town offering excellent dining and nightlife. Try one of the restaurants in the 5-star hotels of Queenstown, have a leisurely brunch somewhere with delicious food and views like Vudu Larder, and try some local wine at the bars. The apres-ski atmosphere during the winter season is fantastic!

Where to stay in Central Queenstown:

  • The gorgeous Tudor-style Copthorne Hotel, Resort and Apartments Queenstown Lakefront is a stunning place to stay, and one of the top hotels in the area
  • Rydges Hotel, otherwise known as Rydges Lakeland Resort, is another top choice for travellers, and just a five-minute walk from the town centre
  • The Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is one of the several Accor hotels in Queenstown, just about as close as you can get to the action
  • Another Accor establishment and a 5-star hotel, the Sofitel is an elegant place and close to many favourite attractions and restaurants
  • The Nomads Hostel offers budget accommodation in Queenstown, right in the very middle of town and within weaving distance of the best nightlife
  • The Black Sheep Backpackers is another good option for those seeking a cheap and cheerful abode.
  • There are also options for travellers who prefer self-contained accommodation such as an apartment, holiday home, boutique lodge or a bed & breakfast.

Kayaking on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Hotels in Frankton

Not only is Queenstown's airport located in Frankton, but it's a picturesque place in its own right, perched beside the water at the head of the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu. It's a quieter option, perfect for those who like a peaceful place to stay and have a rental car or other transport to get them where they want to go.

Things to do near your Frankton hotel:

  • Walking: The Frankton Arm Walkway is an easy stroll no longer than an hour and a half long one way. It's ideal for a little morning or afternoon exercise. No excuse needed when the scenery is this beautiful
  • Retail therapy: The Remarkables Park Town Centre is Queenstown's main retail park and a pretty one at that. Enjoy the many shops and cafes and stock up for your holiday at the supermarket
  • River adventures: The scenic Kawarau River leads to the lake at Frankton, and the Kawarau Falls Scenic Reserve is nearby. It's a lovely spot particularly when the leaves are turning. Many adventure operators offer rafting, kayaking, jet boating and more if you feel like a little more action

Where to stay in Frankton:

  • The Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa is one of the several five-star hotels in the region, just outside of Frankton
  • For a hotel near the airport, the family-friendly Ramada Suites is a great choice
  • The Wyndham Garden is another top pick for an airport hotel, and a quality base for exploration
  • Holiday Inn is name trusted by many, and there's one right between Frankton and Queenstown
  • There are also options for travellers who prefer self-contained accommodation such as an apartment, holiday home, boutique lodge or a bed & breakfast.

A couple four wheel driving at Tobin's Track, near Arrowtown, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Hotels in Arrowtown

Although it's not really a part of Queenstown, nearby Arrowtown is just 25 minutes' scenic drive from the town centre. It's an absolute must-see for its beauty and character, and a popular place to stay. Impeccable and charming, Arrowtown is known for its historic attractions and proximity to many more breath-taking drives and outdoor adventures.

Things to do near your Arrowtown hotel:

  • Go back through time: The town has a rich heritage from the Otago Gold Rush. You can visit a replica of a Chinese settlement from the 1880s and pan for gold like many have done before you
  • Get moving: Arrowtown is surrounded by trails of all kinds and lengths. Explore on your own two feet, hire a bike or even jump on a horse riding trek to get amongst the bucolic mountain landscapes
  • Indulge your senses: The town centre is the definition of pleasant and pretty, with a great ambience. Visit a scrumptious cafe for brunch or lunch, sip a coffee and wander into one of the many art galleries to feast your eyes, too

Where to stay in Arrowtown:

  • Get a taste of laidback luxury at Millbrook Resort, a beautiful property with cottages that make it the ideal pick for family accommodation near Queenstown
  • The Arrowtown Motel Apartments provide mid-range lodgings, with everything you need for a great self-catering stay
  • New Orleans Hotel is a budget option in Arrowtown, with a traditional country pub and accommodation style that will make you feel at home
  • There are also options for travellers who prefer self-contained accommodation such as an apartment, holiday home, boutique lodge or a bed & breakfast.

Finding the right type of Queenstown hotel

Queenstown hotels are just one option in the adventure capital of the world. Our website lists stays of many kinds, to fit all budgets. Simply search, compare and filter your results by the features and categories that matter to you, like:

  • Property class, from five-star accommodation to three-star
  • Price per night, so you can find the cheapest hotels
  • Location - see Queenstown, Frankton, Arrowtown and beyond
  • Amenities like Wi-Fi, pools, breakfast and more
  • Property type, from self-contained apartments to hotels and holiday parks.

Apartments, holiday homes, backpackers & alternative accommodation

We know there are as many budgets as there are type of travellers, so our search engine can also find boutique hotels, hostels, backpackers, motels, inns, lodges, self-catering apartments, bed and breakfasts and many other types of places to stay. Have a play and see what you find!

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Kayaking image courtesy of Destination Queenstown; Tobin's Track image courtesy of Destination Queenstown; Downtown Queenstown image courtesy of Destination Queenstown