The 5 Most Unique Accommodation Options Around Queenstown & Wanaka

21st December 2017

If you’re looking for accommodation that’s unique, off the beaten path and it’s unlikely that any of your friends have stayed there before, then look no further!

Here’s the MajorDomo list of the five most unique accommodation options in Queenstown and Wanaka, New Zealand. Stay on the top of a mountain, in your own private national park, glamorous camping overlooking Queenstown’s best view or cruise in style by boat.

Whare Kea Chalet – Wanaka mountain escape    

Whare Kea Chalet is a totally unique mountain experience with luxury accommodation at 1750 metres (5700 feet) amongst New Zealand’s Southern Alps mountain range.

It’s just a 15 minute scenic helicopter flight from Aspiring Helicopter’s base until you’re in your private mountain top paradise where you’ll be able to accommodate up to six people.

Relaxed yet luxurious, the Chalet has electricity, a hot shower and large windows framing the jaw dropping views of New Zealand’s most iconic mountains – Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring.

This exclusive alpine venue and its surrounding adventures can be enjoyed all year round. For four months of the year the area is covered in snow making it the ideal base for heli skiing, and in summer the slopes of tussock grass are dotted with wild flowers and tarns offering a range of fantastic hiking routes, catering for all abilities.

Mahu Whenua – your own private national park

As a Mahu Whenua guest you will enjoy total privacy, unforgettable experiences and exquisite food and wine in a setting which spans over 55,000 hectares (550sq km or 200sq miles) of majestic beauty – towering mountains, lush green valleys, native bush, forests and meandering rivers.

Located in New Zealand’s South Island just 20 minutes drive from central Wanaka or a 10 minute helicopter flight from Queenstown, this luxury lodge is easily accessible while giving you the feeling of seclusion and privacy on what is virtually your own private national park.

Four luxurious suites each sleep up to two people, or you may wish to have the entire place to yourself on an exclusive-use basis sleeping up to 12 guests.

The immense property consists of four adjoining high country sheep stations stretching all the way from Glendhu Bay in Wanaka to Arrowtown in Queenstown and hosts some of the most iconic and dramatic natural alpine scenery in New Zealand.

What makes Mahu Whenua so very special is its magical story. From the start, the owner’s vision has been to regenerate the land on the stations. In addition to introducing sustainable farming practices, he has started an extensive plant regeneration and native bird breeding programme which has been an enormous success.

To ensure that the owner’s conservation initiatives continue, more than 90% of the land has been protected by covenants (Queen Elizabeth II National Trust), making it the largest conservation undertaking on private land in New Zealand’s history. The name Mahu Whenua aptly translates to “healing the land”.

On the property, you can enjoy an infinitely long list of activities which includes horse riding from the grand stables, mountain biking, heli-biking, hiking, heli-skiing, 4WD excursions, eco sanctuary tours, yoga and wellness options.

Glamping – the best seat in the house

Two glamping sites are located on a private working deer farm which has 360 degree stunning views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and beyond. Only 20 minutes from Central Queenstown, you’ll feel like you’re staying above the best town in the world in elevated privacy.

The luxurious Lotus Belle tents are spacious and the queen size beds, luxury linens, fluffy comforters, sheep skin clad arm chairs and cashmere throws offer incredible comfort and style.

You’ll have your own bathroom (shower and toilet), cooking facilities, barbecue and all utensils if you wish to relax and cook in this outdoor environment yourself. The ultimate glam camping option though is to have your own private chef cook for you outdoors one evening.

This is a very special option for couples with a sense of adventure and desire to experience a truly immersive New Zealand experience. 

Pacific Jemm – private sailing around Queenstown

The Pacific Jemm is the only luxury yacht available for private charter on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. Accommodate up to 8 of your friends or family on this incredible unique accommodation offering.

On-board, you’ll be able to relax in your stylish cabin, equipped with air-conditioning, entertainment system and ensuite bathroom. As you watch night fall over the hustle and bustle of Queenstown, enjoy the privacy and serenity of being on the water away from the crowds. In the morning, wake up to the morning glow of the sun on the mountains and still lake water.

You can tailor your stay on the Pacific Jemm as you wish. You can overnight at the wharf in central Queenstown, or add a scenic cruise and lake anchorage. Enjoy a wine, read a book, or watch a movie and enjoy a sumptuous meal on-board. The mooring is located in central Queenstown within walking distance of shops, restaurants and local attractions if you prefer to explore on land.

So there you have it. The five most unique accommodation options around Queenstown and Wanaka!

Contact your complimentary MajorDomo concierge to help you tailor your own unique stay!

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