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New Zealand: A guide to exploring Queenstown in luxury


Fringed by mountains and dotted with green national parks and vast blue lakes, Queenstown, New Zealand is an impressive place to fly into. Unfortunately though, it rained as we disembarked.

This could put a damper on our time here – Queenstown is, after all, the (weather-appropriate) adrenaline capital of the world. But while the town has plenty of visitors ready to throw themselves off bridges on a bungy, and jump out of planes on skydives, there’s also plenty of luxe experiences on offer if the weather turns – or if you’re risk averse.

Our Queenstown base is a lakefront apartment at Eichardt’s Private Hotel, an elegant, discrete boutique hotel perched on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Part of the Mr & Mrs Smith collection, the charming, design-savvy property boasts plenty of old world charm – its legacy goes back to the 1860s. Staying at Eichardt’s is like stepping back in time, but with the perks of 21st century luxury.

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