The Most Luxurious Accommodation in Queenstown & Wanaka

23 January 2018

Our small team of accommodation experts deals with the country's finest accommodation every day, and we love sharing our knowledge to help you plan your luxury holidays around New Zealand.  Queenstown and Wanaka are always very popular with our guests, offering year-round activities including golfing, hiking, skiing, cycling, wine tasting, shopping and a whole array of adrenaline experiences to choose from.

We have a huge selection of the finest properties in both Queenstown and Wanaka for you to book, to suit all budgets  and styles – you can browse our folio of holiday homes for both areas here:

Queenstown Holiday Homes   ||   Wanaka Holiday homes

But if you’re looking for the most luxurious accommodation in this region and need a little inspiration to get you started, we’ve done the leg work and compiled our list of the 10 most luxurious accommodation options in Queenstown and Wanaka.

Whether it’s a gorgeous holiday home, luxury lodge, boutique hotel or sumptuous central apartment - there’s something for every discerning traveller in here!

Even if it’s just to dream, this list is well worth a peak.

1. Piwakawaka Point, Wanaka - VILLA

Sleeps 14, price on application

An easy 20 minutes drive from Wanaka, in New Zealand's beautiful South Island, Piwakawaka Point Villa is perfectly nestled into the natural landscape right on the shores of Lake Wanaka.

This architectural masterpiece sleeps up to 14 guests in six beautifully designed and appointed bedrooms. The design and architecture has been inspired by the surrounding natural landscape. The connection with the landscape has been maintained throughout the interior, with extensive use of floor to ceiling glass to capture the lake and mountain views and the native bush planted around the house. 

The location itself is unrivalled - right on the shores of Lake Wanaka with 6km of lake front access. Combine the location with the luxury of this stunning home and you have the truly unique and special villa offering that is Piwakawaka Point.

Features:

  • 6 bedrooms / 7 bathrooms
  • 10km of private trails
  • 6km of lakefront access to Lake Wanaka
  • Oversized spa pool (hot tub)
  • Helipad
  • Cellar & wine tasting room
  • Full gym
  • Sauna
  • 
Library
  • Media & games room
  • Professional ski drying room
  • Separate butler’s kitchen
  • Frisbee golf
  • Stables
  • Tennis court
  • Table tennis
  • Croquet
  • Kayaking & SUP boarding

2. Mahu Whenua, Wanaka – Luxury Eco Lodge

Sleeps 12, from $925 per person per night for a suite or $960 per person per night exclusive-use

Mahu Whenua guests 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, 90 minutes drive from Queenstown or a 10-minute helicopter flight from Queenstown Airport, the Ridgeline Homestead and Cottages at Mahu Whenua are easily accessible while giving you the feeling of seclusion and privacy on what is virtually your own private national park.

There are four individual luxury suites which each sleep up to two people. The entire homestead is also available on an exclusive-use basis for up to 12 guests with use of the four suites plus a luxury bunkroom. With exclusive-use bookings, a staff/security room that sleeps 2 is also available. This staff room is perfect for a family travelling with a nanny or security guard for example, as it’s located right next to the luxury bunkroom.

The property consists of four adjoining high country sheep stations which, combined, stretch from Glendhu Bay in Wanaka all the way through to Arrowtown in Queenstown and host some of the most iconic and dramatic natural alpine scenery in New Zealand.

What makes Mahu Whenua so very special though 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. The conservation efforts are considered the largest on private land in New Zealand’s history!

Features:

  • 5 bedrooms / 5.5 bathrooms (exclusive-use)
  • 55,000 hectares of alpine scenery and land to explore
  • Spa (hot tub)
  • Swimming pool
  • Media room
  • Stables and dressage arena
  • Pool table
  • Outdoor fire place
  • On-site activities including heli-skiing, mountain biking, horse riding, hiking, 4WD tours and conservation tours etc

3. Kōhatu, Wanaka - Villa

Sleeps 14, from $185 per person per night

This outstanding villa sits beautifully on a 15 acre property with 3 acres of carefully attended gardens and promises a relaxing and private stay.

Just eight minutes from Wanaka, Kōhatu is built with materials of the highest quality featuring wooden doors and beams. Huge windows make the most of the surrounding mountain views. The use of Central Otago stone provides a rustic yet beautiful modern design. ‘Kōhatu’ aptly translates to precious stone or rock.

Kōhatu will tempt you not to leave the grounds! Guests here are well entertained with a heated swimming pool, spa pool, an underground theatre, petanque pit, surround sound music systems, in-ground trampoline and an outdoor pizza oven. This luxurious villa delights adults and children alike!

Features:

  • 5 bedrooms / 5 bathrooms
  • Media & games room
  • Tennis court
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa pool (hot tub)
  • Pizza oven
  • Outdoor fire
  • Trampoline

4. Horseshoe Bend Estate, Wanaka – Villa

Sleeps up to 12 / from $210 per person per night

Horseshoe Bend is set on a 17-acre riverside estate offering two luxury villas, which can be hired exclusively or together to sleep up to 12 guests. This is an incredible setting for your perfect event, perhaps a 50th birthday celebration or a wedding.

Manicured gardens and lawns sprawl around the property, finished with entertaining areas, outdoor pizza oven, a hot tub, swimming pool, tennis court and pétanque court – you’ll feel like you’re on a resort at this exquisite exclusive villa.

Features:

  • 6 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms
  • Separate villa sleeps 6
  • Tennis court
  • Spa pool (hot tub)
  • Swimming pool
  • BBQ
  • Pizza oven
  • Huge outdoor entertaining areas
  • Petanque court

5. Matakauri Lodge, Queenstwon – Luxury Lodge

Sleeps up to 8 / from $1,030 per person per night

Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle of the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges. Just seven minutes from Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge will provide an alpine lakeside retreat nestled in one of the world’s most serenely beautiful landscapes. 

The Lodge offers accommodation in twelve luxurious guest suites, with eight outlying cottages and four suites located in the main lodge. Each suite offers a private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom. The suites are nestled in a native forest overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the mountain panorama.

In a league of its own in Queenstown, the Owner’s Cottage sleeps up to 8 in its four suites.

Features:

  • Spa pool (hot tub)
  • On-site spa and massage
  • Swimming pool
  • BBQ

  • Sauna
  • Gym 

6. The Dacaha, Wanaka - Villa

Sleeps 16, price on application

The owner’s pursuit of creating perfection is reflected in the patience taken over the four years they spent building and developing this very special retreat, situated in privacy and spectacular surroundings.

The villa is truly outstanding! It is spacious, beautifully decorated and furnished and offers seamless indoor and outdoor flow. Large open fires, floor to ceiling glass with a wall of bi-fold doors which open to the outside deck with 180 degree views of Lake Wanaka and the mountains beyond.

Extensive entertaining areas both inside and out, and numerous accommodation options make it the perfect ‘stay put’ location for a couple, family group or group of friends travelling together.

Features:

  • Spa pool (hot tub)
  • Swimming pool
  • BBQ
  • Covered outdoor area
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Separate cottage, The Banya, which sleeps 2

7. Kakara Moana, Queenstown - Villa

Sleeps 8, from $240 per person per night

Kakara Moana is a stunning private and luxurious four bedroom villa with uninterrupted lake and mountain views in downtown Queenstown.

Architecturally designed and exquisitely furnished, this central villa is a true delight to stay in. It’s ideal for four couples, two families travelling together or an extended family.  Looking over Lake Wakatipu and walking distance to central town, it’s in the heart of Queenstown.

Features:

  • 4 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms
  • Spa pool (hot tub)
  • Balcony with views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu & the mountains
  • Walking distance to town
  • BBQ

8. Luxury on Shotover, Queenstown – Luxury Apartment

Sleeps 6, from $210 per person per night

Luxury on Shotover will have you smack bang in the centre of vibrant and lively Queenstown, positioning you perfectly for all that Queenstown has on offer – world-class restaurants and bars, the outdoors, boutique shopping, adventure…the list goes on.

The stylish, private and warmth of this gorgeous villa will enfold you as soon as you enter. The owners like to describe it as: “downtown chic meets classic groove”.

An enormous outdoor rooftop-garden and balcony adds a botanical flourish and overlooks the buzzing town, with vistas across Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu and onto the sun-splashed, majestic Remarkables mountains. In summer in particular, the outdoor living area is just enviable - whether it’s with friends or family enjoying some pre-dinner drinks as the sun goes down or a gourmet dinner prepared by private chef (it can easily be arranged and it’s oh so worth it!).

Features:

  • 3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms
  • Rooftop balcony & garden
  • Underground private parking
  • Sonos soundsystem
  • Apple TV

9. Bellbrae, Queenstown - Villa

Sleeps 12, from $170 per person per night

Just 5 minutes drive from central Queenstown, Bellbrae is a stylish and modern villa with absolutely fantastic views of Lake Wakatipu and the famous mountains of this region. Sitting on the balcony with friends or family, you’ll feel like you could reach out and touch the lake!

The modern and stylish house is split over three levels and has two comfortable and spacious living rooms – making it great for families or groups of friends travelling together. The attractive open fireplace is perfect for relaxing beside as you enjoy a cosy après ski wine; or in summer, enjoy the outdoor living areas with substantial decking areas for lounging.

The villa’s facilities are great for entertaining too - an outdoor spa, inside sauna, pool table, and a modern kitchen with butler’s pantry gives you plenty of room for extended family or a group of friends.

The large kitchen island and butler’s pantry make this villa fabulous for having a private chef come over and cook for you and your friends. 

Features:

  • 5 bedrooms / 5 bathrooms
  • Spa pool (hot tub)
  • Sauna
  • BBQ
  • Pool table
  • Fire place

10. Amaroo, Queenstown - Villa

Sleeps 10, from $220 per person per night

Without exaggeration, the impact of the mountain, lake and resort views as you walk into the living areas of this architecturally designed villa will overwhelm your senses and ensure a truly luxurious sense of arrival for your Queenstown holiday.

This five bedroom, three bathroom home is the perfect location to arrive, unwind and relax. You may never want to leave the villa or if you do, you have the restaurants; shops and the exciting buzz of the town centre a short drive away.

Features:

  • 5 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms
  • Spa pool (hot tub)
  • BBQ
  • Fireplace

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about availability, please don’t hesitate to contact our MajorDomo concierge team – we’d love to hear from you.

[email protected] | +64 3 442 0502 

Prices stated are indicative only and are subject to season and availability.

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