The Rees Hotel: contemporary luxury hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown New Zealand hotel

Views from The Rees in Queenstown

The Rees in Queenstown, New Zealand is not just another luxurious hotel; rather, it has a rich, storied history that makes it even more unique. The Rees is named after the settler and founder of the town, William Gilbert Rees. The avid cricket player, who found gold on the land in which he was shearing sheep, welcomed all of the prospective gold miners onto his farm, eventually converting a woolshed into a hotel, building government offices, a church and more.

With breathtaking views of the surrounding lands and Lake Wakatipu, and terrific access to the True South, The Rees gives guests both a fantastic vacation and a history lesson. Visitors can choose from among three different types of rooms: The Executive Non-Lake View Hotel Rooms, The Lake View Hotel Rooms and the Executive Lake View Hotel Rooms. All feature super king beds, New Zealand wool carpets, LCD television and complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as other amenities that make this hotel an excellent choice for those visiting the area.

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The Rees also rents apartments, which are larger and include a kitchen and living room, as well as all of the other amenities available in the guest rooms. Those staying for an extended period of time may want to consider this option.

And the lodging possibilities aren’t the only enticing option about The Rees. Every month, the menus at the Bordeau Wine Lounge and the True South Dining room change to reflect the produce available in Central Otago. The wine lounge is centered on, of course, fine wine, but superb food as well. The dining room looks out onto the lake and surrounding alpine area. Hardwood floors, warm fabric and book-lined walls give the lounge a cozy, inviting feel.

Dining at the award-winning True South Dining room is not something to be missed when staying at The Rees. Executive Chef Ben Batterbury keeps the menu fresh and engaging, while the crisp, clean décor adds to the experience.

While staying at The Rees, guests can take part in such activities as fly fishing, cycling, mountain biking and more. For those seeking heart-stopping thrills, bungee jumping, jet boating, white water rafting, and paragliding are popular in Queenstown (which has earned its reputation as the “Adventure Capital of the World”). Not to be missed is a helicopter flight to Milford Sound. With a smattering of adventurous activities, gorgeous surroundings, award-winning food and a rich, interesting history, The Rees is a must for a New Zealand stay.

The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments
377 Frankton Road
Queenstown, New Zealand
Phone: +64 (0)3 450 1100

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Must read: Mapplr’s travel guide to Queenstown New Zealand (hotels, restaurants, shopping, activities)

About Brittany Trevick

Brittany Trevick is a writer, editor and travel enthusiast who is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.