The St. Moritz Hotel Queenstown
My first official visit to Queenstown was an unforgettable experience. I say unforgett because my parents took me down there when I was just three years old and I barely remember a thing. Being from Auckland I have only really experienced what New Zealand’s North Island has to offer (I’m talking modern cityscapes, farm land and west coast beaches).
We arrived in Queenstown at 8pm and headed straight to the St.Mortiz Hotelwhere we were welcomed with a hot apple cider drink.
Completely exhausted from three days of prior road tripping down the South Island, we were delighted with the comfort and luxury of the hotel room. It’s beautiful furnishings were rich in colour and luxurious fabrics. The bathroom was fully equiped with a generous sized bath and shower, as well as a marble vanity stocked with everything a girl needs.
After the best night sleep in our king size bed, with white linen and an impressive bed head, we were awoken with the sunrise and the most amazing view.
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and the buffet breakfast at the St.Mortiz reminded me why. Mouthwatering granola and yogurt accompanied by fresh fruit. Cured meats cut to perfection on freshly baked bread. Delicious pastries that could have been straight out of a traditional European bakery. To top it all off we ate our food and drank our coffee overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables which had a new layer of snow.
I wanted to experience all Queenstown had to offer, the staff were super helpful in advising us with what to see and do. The valet service was perfect as we were driving to and from the hotel a lot. I highly recommend hiring a car if you are taking a trip to Queenstown because there are so many amazing things to see that are both within the city and on the outskirts. Here are my must dos if you are in Queenstown for 24hours:
Onsen Hot Pools
Hot pools are always a fantastic idea when you’re in a cold location, but nothing beats hot pools with a view of the location. You can book out a tub all to yourself which comes with water, towels and an open shower (don’t worry its completely private), you can also book during the day or at night. The view was like no other; giant mountains dominated the landscape and a winding blue river hosted the Queenstown jet boats.
Gondola and Luge
There is something for everyone here; from the view admirers to the thrill seekers to the food lovers. A gondola takes you up a very steep hill through a wood forrest with a view Queenstown (all of it). Once you’re at the top the city looks miniature in comparison to the massive Lake Wakatipu and mountains. My childhood memories were brought to life with a fun and thrilling luge experience; racing down the hill in little carts, up a lift and down again.
Obviously Ferg Burger would be anyones go to while visiting Queenstown, but after our big buffet we weren’t up for a burger and we had already made dinner reservations at St. Jervois Steak House (part of Norish Group). The cocktails were the best I have had in a while, I recommend the Lemongrass and Old Fashioned Cocktails. A main each and a side of chips was more than enough to fill us both up to the next day.
Queenstown has hands down been my favourite destination in New Zealand. It was beautifully breathtaking, our accommodation at St. Moritz Hotel was 5 stars, and every experience was as thrilling as it was alluring.
Photography: Kevin McCutcheon