Fire and Ice: Eichardt’s Bar
Drink: Eichardt’s Bar
A roaring fire and soft, plush blankets are just part of what makes this small, stone and steel-clad bar so welcoming. Brawer souls can enjoy the lakeside views alfresco but the best seats are those tucked away inside. Settle in and enjoy bar snacks from neighbouring restaurant, The Grille along with an extensive selection of cocktails and Central Otago wines. 2 Marine Pde, Queenstown, eichardts.com
Eat: The Grille
Carnivores are especially well catered for at The Grille, where executive chef Will Eaglesfield serves a selection of South Island beef and wild game. Those wanting to keep it simple will find comfort in the wagyu beef burger, or you can explore local produce and flavours with a three-course Taste the Region menu, which is excellent value at just $70. 9 Marine Pde, Queenstown, thegrille.co.nz
Stay: Eichardt’s Private Hotel
Plenty of places lay claim to lakefront views in Queenstown, where the town stretches along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. But none shares the absolute lakefront positioning – and accompanying views – of Eichardt’s Private Hotel, built on the site of Queenstown’s first building (a woolshed-turned-hotel). As the town has continued to sprawl outwards, Eichardt’s remains the most exclusive address for those wanting to stay in the heart of the bustling town centre, while still offering a calm oasis of classic luxury. Each of the hotel’s seven suites offers picture-postcard views and open fireplaces, while the two-bedroom penthouse includes a full-service kitchen (complete with Gaggenau appliances), plus an outdoor lounge, fireplace and hot tub, all overlooking the lake. Add to that your own private sauna and you’ll be hard pressed to ever make it up the mountain. 2 Marine Pde, Queenstown, eichardts.com
Eichardt’s remains the most exclusive address for those wanting to stay in the heart of the town centre, while still offering a calm oasis of classic luxury.