I can think of no better region to visit during the depths of a New Zealand winter – join me as I roam from stylish Queenstown and Arrowtown to stunning Wanaka.
Eichardt’s Accommodation/ Bar/Restaurant
Eichardt’s is iconic for a reason. In prime position overlooking Lake Wakatipu, the hotel oozes international sophistication and provides services to match. With a distinctive boutique vibe and all the amenities you could wish for – from balcony to welcoming fire, deep bath and stylish fur throws – the suites are luxurious and well-appointed.
On my visit, having unpacked a few things in the spacious walk-in dressing room, I had the chance to head to the super popular Eichardt’s Bar for a couple of restorative cocktails and bites with dish Food Editor Claire Aldous. The pretty drinks were quickly delivered – a Sangroni, made with house gin, Campari, fresh lemon juice and a quenelle of blood orange sorbet, and for me a Last Scotsman, featuring fig-infused single malt, Drambuie and house-blend bitters. Warm and toasty by the fire, drinks in hand, was the perfect place to sample a few of the small plates on offer. The Venison Tataki was fresh, elegant, and accompanied by fabulously crunchy flaxseed crackers. The soon-to-be- on-the-menu twist on a toasted sandwich was packed with crayfish and prawns, while the Legendary Seafood Chowder brought more flavours from the sea with mussels, scallops and market fish. Heading out from the bar, guests can either make their way straight to Eichardt’s Grille for an epic Wagyu Grilled Cheeseburger or Steak Frites or out the front door to explore the plethora of bars and restaurants on their doorstep. With a spectacular location, spacious accommodation and chic amenities, Eichardt’s is a special place indeed. eichardts.com