Central Queenstown - Activity Central.
Eichardt’s is a luxurious private hotel on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, at the southern end of the South Island. Built back in a time when luxury and elegance were taken seriously Eichardts is lavishly furnished with deep leather armchairs, gleaming wooden dressers and crisp, colourful fabrics.
The on-site bar is a local icon, serving breakfast, lunch and tapas meals. It has a renowned wine list and was voted in the ‘Top 10 bars in the World With a View 2010’ by the Times of London.
Queenstown is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and close to a large range of outdoor activities. There are excellent cafes and restaurants within an easy walk of the hotel and plenty of places to drive to and explore in the surrounding Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area which includes much of South Westland and Fiordland national parks. Fly fishing, skiing and snowboarding, paragliding, jet boating and hiking are just some of the activities available locally. There’s also the exceptional Otago wine region nearby and three championship golf courses.
- there are 3 Lake View suites in the main hotel, each with stunning views, super-king bed, fireplace and full bathroom with double vanities
- the 2 Mountain View suites are furnished as above, with views across town and the surrounding mountains
- separate to the hotel, but very close, are several luxury 1 and 2-bedroom Lakefront Apartments. Each has super-king bed, gas fireplace and well equipped kitchen. Two bedroom suites also have a full bathroom with spa bath. These apartments can be combined for exclusive use for a larger group or family
- The Residence is a 3 level, 3 bedroom exclusive use property a short walk from the hotel. Overlooking the lake and Queenstown Gardens, the Residence has a stylish European kitchen, large balconies and a fireplace in the master suite
The Main Lodge
- the hotel portion of Eichardt’s is steeped in history and holds a Category 2 listing from the Historic Places Trust. It was originally built in the gold rush of the 1860s
- it was fully refurbished in 2000 and recent interior design has been done by top NZ designer, Virginia Fisher
- The Grille is a new lakefront restaurant opening off the Eichardt’s lobby, serving breakfast, drinks and meals all day. It’s a great place to watch the activity on the lake, especially on a bracing winter’s day with snow on the surrounding mountains
- Eichardt’s restaurant and bar, on the ground floor, is a favourite local dining spot serving breakfast, lunch and tapas meals. Their cocktails are also talked about
- Eichardt’s first floor parlour is a tastefully decorated room and overlooks the lake. Guests can take meals or cocktails there, sit by the fire or enjoy the view
- the House Bar sits beside the lobby and is available for guests
- the glass lobby provides a contemporary contrast to the colonial style of the original hotel, bridging the gap between the centuries
- include accommodation, homemade biscuits on arrival, pre dinner cocktails, full breakfast in Eichardt’s Bar or The Grille, nightly turndown and complimentary wifi. A stay at The Residence includes accommodation, breakfast amenities, fresh flowers on arrival, complimentary wifi and local calls
- Hotel suites – Lake View suite $NZ 1,975.00 per night for 2 people, Mountain View suite $NZ 1,750.00 per night for 2 people
- Lakefront Apartments – 1 bdm $NZ 1,500.00 per night for 2 people, 2 bdm $NZ 2,100.00 per night up to 4 people, 3 bdm $NZ 2,700.00 per night up to 6 people
- The Residence – from $NZ 2,200.00 per night for 2 people, extra person $NZ 150.00 per person to a total of 6 people
- premium rates apply for the holiday period 25 Dec to 10 Jan inclusive
- year-round activities abound in Queenstown, known as the Adventure Capital of New Zealand
- there are three championship golf courses within a 20 minute drive of Eichardt’s
- water-sports include jet-boating, sailing, kayaking, jet-skiing and paddle boarding
- the fly fishing season runs October to April with world-class brown trout fishing
- the Otago wine region is noted for its exciting pinot noir wines
- the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area is a vast region of great beauty and excellent hiking
- in winter there is excellent skiing and snow-boarding at Coronet Peak, Treble Cone and Cardrona
- Queenstown is the original home of modern bungy and there is para-gliding off Bob’s Peak
- there are plenty of good restaurants and bars in town, an easy walk from Eichardt’s