Built in 2007, The Rees Hotel Queenstown is a sophisticated five-star hotel situated right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, in the South Island of New Zealand. Wake up to the ski report daily with magnificent views across to The Remarkables.
We told you it was good, and confirmation of that The Rees Hotel Queenstown has been named ‘New Zealand’s Best Ski Hotel 2018’ at the World Ski Awards held in Kitzbühel, Austria on Saturday night. The Rees was chosen from a shortlist of seven high-profile New Zealand properties, winning for the third year in a row. This completes another exceptional year for The Rees with the Hotel winning the international ‘Skål Sustainable Tourism Award’ for Urban Accommodation, the HM Award for ‘Best New Zealand Hotel’ and the ‘Qualmark 5 Star Hotel and Gold Tourism Business Sustainability Award’.
Accommodation options at The Rees Hotel
The Rees offers a variety of spacious and luxurious accommodation options including 60 Hotel rooms, 90 Apartments and five private, 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom Lakeside Residences, all with terraces, showcasing spectacular views across Lake Wakatipu to the alpine panorama of the Remarkable Mountain range.
The many exceptional features at The Rees Hotel include a library of rare books and art, courtesy shuttle to/from Queenstown town centre, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, movies and local telephone calls, conference rooms, a fully-equipped gymnasium, secure undercover parking, electric car-charging station and its own private beach and wharf accessing jet-boat and water taxi services. In summer, guests can swim from the Rees’ wharf or beach – but it’s not for the faint-hearted!
The team of experienced local and international staff pride themselves on delivering professional friendly service that consistently exceeds our guests’ expectations and is a hallmark of The Rees Hotel’s reputation.
Quiet, private and sophisticated, The Rees Hotel Queenstown epitomises southern hospitality at its finest and an authentic New Zealand experience.
Nestled alongside the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by majestic, snowcapped mountains, The Rees Queenstown is the perfect winter holiday destination.
The cosmopolitan town has a welcoming, vibrant energy that resonates across the resort to make Queenstown a unique holiday destination—and at no time is this more obvious than in winter, when skiers and boarders, or those just curious about snow, gather here to lap up the fun.
Every year from early June onwards, the region transforms into a winter wonderland, attracting snow sports enthusiasts from around the world with its incredible lake and alpine scenery, crisp blue-sky days, easy access to some of New Zealand’s finest ski and snowboard terrain and a vibrant après ski scene. The region’s four ski area, all within a handy 20 to 90-minute drive of Queenstown, open from early June and offer a range of terrain for all levels whether you’re keen to conquer the basics, enjoy groomed runs, tackle off-piste, throw down some freestyle tricks or experience the thrill of night skiing. With the first snowfalls, you can feel the buzz in town as skiers and snowboarders gear up for a season of fun.
For fun well beyond the mountains, Queenstown’s seven golf courses and renowned wineries are just a short drive away. Central Otago produces some of the best Pinot Noir in the world thanks to the region’s combination of shale soil and sharply defined seasons. And with around 200 vineyards within 1½ hours’ drive of Queenstown, wine tours are a great way to explore the area.
Make the Southern Alps your playground this winter, Queenstown offers plenty to explore on and off the mountain.
Food and Wine at The Rees Hotel
The award-winning True South Dining Room at The Rees Hotel in Queenstown epitomises sophisticated elegant dining. Take a journey to one of Queenstown’s hottest restaurants on Lake Wakatipu and see why Executive Chef and rising culinary star, Ben Batterbury, has cultivated such a following.
Guests are treated to a sense of surprise when they dine in the True South Dining Room – with something delicious, exciting and unexpected!
“There is no better place to sample the excellent local produce than The Rees Hotel True South Dining Room.” – Valli Little, Delicious Magazine
True South’s pride in our region is expressed with a menu of dishes based mainly on local produce. Where possible we source high quality ingredients from suppliers in Central Otago, buying local not only assures freshness and quality control, it reduces food miles and encourages sustainable practices.
Offering mouth-watering monthly menus, with daily tweaks and seasonal changes, the menu showcases Ben’s signature style that is fresh, clean on the palate and exhibits creativity, innovation and above all, amazing flavour. The calibre of Ben’s skill has seen him win excellence awards from Beef + Lamb New Zealand and Ora King Salmon.
Our wine offering has both breadth and depth, combining the fine wines and vintages of France, Italy and Australia with the famous producers of New Zealand. Each bottle tells the distinctive story of its origins – the terroir, the winemaker and the vintage. At the Rees Hotel we have developed a private cellar of one of the most comprehensive collections of fine Bordeaux wines in the Southern Hemisphere complimented by some of the great names in Burgundy. Our cellar stock also celebrates the growing international stature of the best winemakers of our homeland. It is our firm belief that there is an unserved appetite amongst discerning people for regular opportunities to savour the best wines in the world alongside the best from New Zealand – to enjoy them served in the best decanters and the best glasses designed for each wine – and to know more about the distinctive provenance of the wines they favour.
In Bordeau we continue the celebration of Central Otago’s culture and heritage – with a French twist. The Lounge Bar is named for Jules Bordeau – the eccentric old storeman and packer who plodded up and down the Skippers Canyon road for over 50 years, providing a lifeline to the goldminers working in its remote reaches. There is a strong French presence in the history of New Zealand wine making.
James Busby, the British resident agent and first known winemaker in New Zealand, was trained in Bordeaux.
The Marist Brothers who created our oldest winery, Mission, came from France.
The settlers who planted the first vineyards in Akaroa’s French Farm Valley came from the Nantes-Bordeaux Region
The first commercial vineyard in Central Otago was established by a French gold prospector Jean Desire Feraud.
Reservations and packages at The Rees Hotel
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The Rees Hotel location
Check the view daily – and how the snow is looking on The Remarkables – on The Rees webcam here