Well we can help. There's a huge range of Queenstown motels and accommodation and it can be hard sifting through all the information that's out there.
You probably already know that Queenstown is one of the most stunning towns in the world, right?
Perched on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and surrounded by towering mountains, there are few places more visually stunning than Queenstown.
And of course it also has a reputation as a destination with a seemingly endless supply of things to do.
You can learn lots more about Queenstown right here.
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* Our Best Budget accommodation
* Our Best Mid Range accommodation
* Best Premium accommodation
* Search box - search the full range of accommodation
* Tips about where to stay in Queenstown
* Queenstown's four accommodation areas
* How we made our selections
* Maps showing location of our selected motels
* Car hire at market leading rates
* Book a shuttle bus to or from the airport
Some tips about where to stay in Queenstown?
Queenstown hugs the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and in parts, is very hilly.
Now this is great if you like panoramic views of the lake and mountains (and who wouldn't).
But if you are heading home after a night out exploring Queenstown's restaurants, bars and shops, a steep uphill walk back to your motel might not be so much fun.
The other issue in Queenstown is parking. Particularly
during the busier periods of summer (Dec-Feb), and the ski season
(June-Sept), parking in and around the town center is often hard to
find, and when you do, it will probably be pay as you use. There is very
little free parking in the central Queenstown shopping area.
For these reasons, we highly recommend finding accommodation within a short (and preferably level) walk of the town center. You will appreciate not having to get the car out every time you want to head into central Queenstown.
Or, as an alternative, choose accommodation that is on the local bus route.
Connectabus is Queenstown's local bus service. You can check their timetables and travel routes here.
The four main accommodation districts in Queenstown
Accommodation here generally sits in one of four locations.......central Queenstown, the Frankton Road area, Fernhill and the airport area.
Frankton Road Accommodation
Frankton Rd is the main road into Queenstown and runs from Frankton (where the airport is) to central Queenstown, a distance of about 7 kilometers. As you can see on the map, the airport sits at the far right (Eastern end) and central Queenstown is left of center.
There's lots of quality accommodation on the Frankton Rd, but if you want to be able to walk to town, then we recommend only those motels on the town center (Western) end of Frankton Rd.
Fernhill has the same distance issues as Frankton (it's located on the far left side of the map). And the final kilometer or so into Fernhill is up a very steep hill. It's ok walking to town, but coming back, not so much fun!
So if walking is a problem, then Fernhill accommodation may not be for you.
Keep in mind though that some of the motels may operate a shuttle service to town, and there is a local bus service also.
There's a few new large chain hotels in the airport area and if you want to base yourself there, no problems. The Frankton area has a large shopping mall, and of course access to the airport is excellent.
And if you are coming here to ski The Remarkables, accommodation near the airport is the closest to The Remarkables ski field.
Shuttles and the local bus service are available, but remember, it's a seven or eight kilometer walk along the lake front to the town center.
Okay, so how did we choose our best Queenstown motels?
Our chosen accommodation partner for Queenstown motels are Booking.com.
Through our partnership with them, we've gained access to heaps of customer review data, and we've used this, together with our local knowledge, and our own experiences, to select a range of Queenstown motels that we believe are some of the best available.
We've selected a couple of budget, mid range, and premium choices for you, and of course we've also included a handy search box, so that you can browse the full range of Queenstown motels and accommodation.
Here they are, our top six Queenstown motels
Our best Budget Queenstown Motels
Haka Lodge Queenstown
Location: 6 Henry Street Queenstown (see map)
If you're looking for budget accommodation this is hard to beat.
Located right in downtown Queenstown, Haka Lodge is close to all the bars, pubs and restaurants.
This is not your typical backpacker hostel.
Recent improvements have made this a bit of an eye opener, and everything presents as "new".
You can choose dorm style accommodation, or private rooms.
Don't be put off by "dorm style" as the beds at Haka are more like a self contained pod, with your own power, lockable storage compartment, lighting, privacy screen and motel quality mattress and bedding.
The private rooms have flat screen TVs, and are really nicely furnished.
The lodge offers unlimited Wifi, complimentary tea & coffee, and ample space to socialize.
Click HERE for more information.
Nomads Queenstown Backpackers
Location: 5-11 Church Street Queenstown (see map)
Nomads is centrally located in Queenstown, close to the buzz of the bars and restaurants.
They have a range of room types from dorm style to private en suite rooms with satellite TV.
Some rooms even have balconies with great views.
There's a large lounge area with fire and pool table, a sauna, and comprehensive kitchen.
Free lockers, free light breakfast, ski storage and twenty four hour reception are all part of the deal here.
Wifi is available for a charge.
If you are looking for quality, budget accommodation close to the action in Queenstown, this is the perfect place to stay.
For more information on Nomads Queenstown Backpackers click Here.
Our best Mid Range motels in Queenstown
Pepper's Beacon Queenstown
Location: 34 Lake Esplanade Queenstown (see map)
Pepper's Beacon is one of our favorite places to stay in Queenstown.
They have a range of room styles, with everything from studios to large
apartments and suites.
Our only real gripe was that at the time of writing, you had to pay for Wifi.
Click HERE for more information.
Hotel St Moritz
Location: 10-18 Brunswick Street Queenstown (see map)
Like Pepper's Beacon, the Hotel St Moritz is a three or four minute walk to town.
There is a hill to negotiate from the lakefront up to the hotel and it is quite steep for around 100 meters or so.
There are a range of room types available, an on site restaurant and bar with wonderful lake views, a fitness center, and a hot tub.
Rooms all feature flat screen TVs with satellite TV, and ipod docks.
It's a great location and well worth a look if you want somewhere nice and close to town.
Our only complaint would be that the balconies are very small and don't really allow you to enjoy those amazing views.
Apart from that, the Hotel St Moritz Queenstown is a great place to stay.
You can read customer reviews and check availability for Hotel St Moritz here.
Our top Premium Queenstown motels
Location: 569 Glenorchy Rd Queenstown (see map)
If you're looking for somewhere special to stay in Queenstown, this is it.
Sitting high above Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge is a high end paradise, dedicated to cossetting it's guests in a luxurious, indulgent environment.
You will love the heated pool and spa, the fitness center, and the day spa.
Each luxury villa or suite offers a terrace with sweeping lake and mountain views, and features a lounge area and fireplace, a large wardrobe and bathroom (including a bath tub). All are air conditioned and have flat screen TVs, a DVD player and ipod dock.
Your tariff includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres before dinner, a delightful dinner, a full breakfast each day, and complimentary domestic beers from the minibar in your room.
If you want to pamper yourself and that special someone, come and visit Matakauri Lodge. It won't disappoint.
Click here to read reviews and to check availability and prices for Matakauri Lodge.
Eichardt's Private Hotel
Location: 2 Marine Parade Queenstown (see map)
This beautiful, award winning hotel, sits across from the lake in central Queenstown, and offers guests a luxurious escape, yet right on the doorstep of the restaurants and pubs that help to make Queenstown such a great holiday destination.
There's an on site bar and restaurant, the perfect spot for taking in the vibe of Queenstown.
Choose from a range of spacious luxury suites featuring fireplace, lounge area and either lake or mountain views.
For something even more upmarket, the nearby apartments and "Residence" offer unrivaled luxury for larger groups.
For the ultimate experience, the Penthouse offers lift access to a stunning haven that opens to reveal a private roof top deck with spa and breathtaking views, designer appliances, outdoor kitchen, and of course your own personal chef.
Your Penthouse experience also includes use of a SUV during your stay, pre-dinner coctails served in your Penthouse, a dedicated 24 hour butler service, daily breakfast, and fine wines and spirits.
To learn more about Eichardt's Private Hotel, read some amazing customer reviews, and to check availability, just click here.
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Airport Shuttle Bus
There's a very efficient airport shuttle service that operates between Queenstown airport and the many hotels and apartments in the area.
We've found it to be good value and have used it several times.
You can check rates and make bookings by following the links below:
Need to hire a car or camper van?
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