There are now over 20,000 guest beds in this small town, ranging from backpackers to new apartments, international-class hotels, and luxury lodges, yet still they keep coming. Even with multiple new additions, it still pays to book well in advance. If you’re looking for something extra special, refer to the Queenstown luxury concierge company, Touch of Spice Private Villa Collection (www.touchofspice.co.nz; tel. 03/450-0855). They provide a luxury concierge service for their Private Villa Collection -- everything from rustic cottages to country lodges and luxury penthouses. Hilton Queenstown is a new, 178-room lakeside property with a heated swimming pool, a health club, and a spa. Next door is the Kawarau Hotel Managed by Hilton, which has 98 1-bedroom, apartment-style rooms plus a restaurant and lounge. Both opened in 2011 and are in Kawarau Village, Peninsula Road, Queenstown (www.hilton.com/queenstown; tel. 03/450-9400). Rates below include 15% GST and free off-street parking unless otherwise noted.
Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park Creeksyde, 54 Robins Rd. (www.camp.co.nz; tel. 03/442-9447), is definitely the Mercedes of campgrounds, situated in what was once a nursery -- so there are trees and plants aplenty, plus room for 90 campervans, all with power outlets and water (solar heating) and waste hookups. There are also completely self-contained units and budget-priced lodge rooms. They have a Green Globe Gold certificate and it’s within a 5-minute walk of town. Rates are NZ$48 to NZ$55 for powered sites; NZ$62 to NZ$70 for lodge rooms; NZ$120 to NZ$226 for holiday units; and NZ$125 to NZ$234 for motel rooms. YHA Queenstown Lakefront, 88-90 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown (www.yha.co.nz; tel. 0800/278-299 in NZ, or 03/442-8413), has 147 beds -- dorm beds from NZ$30 to NZ$32 and doubles from NZ$57 to NZ$175.
Arrowfield Apartments, 115 Essex Ave., Butel Park, Arrowtown (www.arrowfield.co.nz; tel. 03/442-0012), has 22 modern, self-contained 1- , 2- and 3-bedroom apartments, and guests have the use of an indoor lap pool, gym, and tennis courts. The apartments are beautifully appointed and are ideal for families or couples traveling together. They’re priced from NZ$175 to NZ$550 per apartment.
Arrowtown Lodge, 7 Anglesea St., Arrowtown (www.arrowtownlodge.co.nz; tel. 0800/258-802 in NZ, or 03/442-1101; fax 03/442-1108), has four semidetached cottages that replicate something of Arrowtown’s gold-rush heritage. You’ll get charm and 21st-century comfort here for the very reasonable rate of NZ$120 to NZ$200.
In Nearby Glenorchy
There’s a bit of everything in Glenorchy, from cheap backpacker properties to a high-end lodge. Glenorchy Hotel, Mull Street, Glenorchy (www.glenorchynz.com; tel. 03/442-9902; fax 03/442-9912) is a classic Kiwi country-style hotel with nine rooms and backpacker accommodations; Glenorchy Holiday Park & Backpackers, 2 Oban St., Glenorchy (email@example.com; tel. 03/442-7171), has the usual campground facilities, plus lodge rooms and cabins; and gorgeous little Kinloch Lodge, 862 Kinloch Rd., Glenorchy (www.kinlochlodge.co.nz; tel. 03/442-4900), located between the Greenstone and Routeburn tracks, offers bunks (from NZ$33 per person) and private rooms with shared facilities (NZ$85-NZ$298), in a setting you’ll always remember. Drive 45 minutes out to Glenorchy, then take a 3-minute boat ride across the lake to the low-cost comforts of this outback gem.