Queenstown, Central Otago and the Southern Lakes, New Zealand
At a Glance
Commonage is simply perfect for families - 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas are available
Each one of these exclusive villas boasts breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains
Allow us to arrange a private chef to avoid cooking whilst on vacation
Enjoy exclusive five star concierge services, on par with luxury lodges and boutique hotels around the world
True to its alpine location, hand-crafted cedar exteriors give way to exquisite interiors
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The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.
Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.
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The very essence of style and taste - Commonage Villas is an unbeatable luxury base from which to explore the cosmopolitan resort town of Queenstown and its adventurous surrounds, with all the flexibility of a private villa.
Completed in mid-2007, these wonderfully luxurious and spacious villas are nestled at Queenstown’s most prestigious address, Queenstown Hill, overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains. Whether you are looking for a self-contained getaway, a boutique hotel experience or a luxury lodge with all the trimmings, Commonage Villas has a range of options to suit and can offer the best of both worlds - total privacy and yet just a short stroll to Queenstown's vibrant shops, galleries and restaurants.
The range of exclusive villas has sweeping panoramas, lake views and mountain vistas. Balconies, terraces and huge windows make the very most of the inspiring surroundings and stunning décor exudes comfort and style. The elegant and welcoming villas have been carefully designed to provide the comfort of a private home, with all the services and luxuries you’d expect from an exclusive lodge, delivered with distinctive New Zealand style. one, two and three bedroom villas are available and all have ensuite bathrooms, spacious living areas, kitchens and laundry facilities.
At Commonage Villas you can expect innovative alpine style and uncompromising quality, with optional extras available such as private chefs, daily servicing, pre arrival pantry stocking, airport transfers and more.
Commonage's one-, two- and three-bedroom private, self-contained villas have elegant interior design coupled with large living rooms, balconies and terraces. All the rooms are en-suite and the villas are fully equipped with kitchens, private garages and laundry facilities. All rooms have LCD Tvs, DVD and CD players and villas are serviced every third day. Optional extras include a private chef, pantry stocking, in room massage and activity reservations.
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Children are welcome at Commonage Villas and in fact a villa or apartment setting may provide a welcome relief from hotels as they have their own kitchens, laundry etc, allowing you to do things at your own pace. Cots and high chairs can be hired and babysitting is available on request. The villa's five star concierge are on hand to help with any requests you may have.
Each villa has a kitchen, garage and laundry facilities and the Commonage Villas' concierge is on hand to ensure you receive five star service throughout your stay, helping you with any activities, restaurant bookings or advice you may need.
Queenstown is just a stroll away from the villas and has a huge range of eateries, shops and entertainment. Outside the city it is easy to arrange skiing, walking, horse riding, wine tasting, bungee jumping, jet boating, sky diving, white water rafting and more, just ask the concierge to help with any arrangements.
Olivia Smith (Staff)
Commonage Villas are the newest family friendly option in Queenstown, set up above the town on Queenstown Hill with the most amazing views over Lake Wakatipu. Each beautiful alpine-style villa has 3 bedrooms but can be configured as 1 or 2 bedrooms to suit individual needs.
Each villa is individually decorated with a huge open plan living, dining and kitchen area with lovely views and all mod-cons. The large open plan kitchen can be stocked for use prior to arrival and you can either self-cater or hire a private chef if you would like to be spoiled! There are also great facilities for laundry (ideal for families after some days of adventure) and a garage for your hire-car if you are exploring New Zealand independently.
The property is set on a very steep hill which is a bit of a walk from the center of the town but this is more than compensated for by the excellent facilities, unbelievable views and great family-friendly accommodation.
Amisfield ‘Trust the Chef’
"Trust the Chef" signature menu offers a shared dining experience, with dishes selected by the chef based on fresh produce and ingredients available on the day.
Bike the Wineries of Central Otago
Explore the vineyards and scenic wine lands of Central Otago by bike on this self-guided winery tour and visit some of the region’s most well-known wineries.
Dart River Jet Boat Safari (Shared)
The Dart River Jet Boat Wilderness Safari is a spectacular Jet Boat journey through the Dart River located at the foot of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by breathtaking snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and glacial valleys frozen in time.
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise on Fiordland Navigator (Shared)
An overnight cruise on the Doubtful Sound is without doubt one of the best ways to experience Fiordland in all its glory. The Fiordland Navigator cruises through the sound to the Tasman sea, stopping to kayak and see birdlife and wildlife on the way.
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise (Shared)
The dramatic expanse of Doubtful Sound is best explored by boat, traversing the fiord and surrounded on all side by the steep peaks, native bush and crashing waterfalls.
Dusky Sound Heli Tour
Take to the skies for a spectacular view of the pristine rainforests and islands and inlets of Dusky Sound. Landing on a floating heli-pad you will hike the deserted coves and fish the abundant waters of the fiord.
Fly fishing in the Southern Lakes
New Zealand is renowned as a world class trout fishing destination and unquestionably our guides present a fishing experience sure to install lifelong memories.
Fly Nature Cruise on Milford Sound (Shared)
New Zealand’s incredible breadth of landscapes and staggering beauty becomes clear as you take to the skies over Lake Wakatipu and the glacial lakes, before cruising across the wildlife rich waters of Milford Sound on this shared experience.
Horse Riding in Glenorchy
Saddle up and roam the stunning scenery on horse back, starting at Glenorchy - a world-famous horse trekking destination where you can wander great wide open spaces and marvel at the region's beauty on a tranquil horse riding adventure.
Jet Boating & Walking in Matukituki Valley (Shared)
Deep in the Matukituki Valley, this exciting half day jet boating adventure will take you beneath the breath-taking scenery of mountains and glaciers, Lord of the Rings and Hobbit locations, into the World Heritage Mount Aspiring National Park.
Lake Wanaka Cruise and Island Nature Walk (Shared)
The magical nature reserve of Mou Waho Island is home to the rare flightless Buff Weka, and a picturesque spot to explore the bush, or simply sit back and relax on the beach after a scenic boat cruise across Lake Wanaka to the island.
Milford Sound Extended Helicopter Tour (Shared)
Exploring Milford Sound is on most people’s bucket-list when they visit New Zealand. This tour will see you experience Milford by helicopter – a truly breath-taking scenic flight along the sound.
Paddle Lake Wanaka - Half Day Tour (Shared)
Paddle out onto Lake Wanaka, exploring its pristine coastline from a kayak with your guide.
Private Boutique Wine Tour of Central Otago
Tailored exactly to your needs and wishes, this privately guided winery tour is designed especially for the discerning wine lover in mind.
Private Helicopter Charter Fiordland Traverse
The remote and dramatically beautiful landscape of the West Coast, Fiordland and World Heritage Park are best discovered by helicopter, high above the rugged peaks, expansive waterways and pristine wildernesses of the region.
Private Queenstown Full Day Sightseeing
Discover the South Island in a full day’s expedition in luxury SUV. Explore the regions varied attractions on this private tour with experienced guide.
Privately Guided Routeburn Track
The ancient splendour of Mount Aspiring National Park, with its verdant foliage and lush beauty, offers a magical destination for this full day walk to the head of Lake Wakatipu.
Shotover Jet (Shared)
Nothing you've experienced will have you prepared for the thrill and excitement of a Shotover Jet ride! From the moment the accelerator hits the floor your adrenaline hits the roof as you speed in mere centimeters of water along the famous Shotover River.
Te Anau Glowworm Caves (Shared)
Experience the enchanting caves of Te Anau, which shimmer with the light of hundreds of glowworms.
TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak with Gourmet BBQ Lunch (Shared)
Discover Queenstown’s pioneering history as you travel across Lake Wakatipu aboard the 103-year old steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner.
Location & directions
Queenstown, Central Otago and the Southern Lakes, New Zealand
Commonage Villas are located on Kerry Drive at Queenstown’s most prestigious address, Queenstown Hill, overlooking Lake Wakatipu. A short 10-minute stroll will bring you into the heart of Queenstown.
How to get there
From Christchurch International Airport guests take a 45-minute flight to Queenstown. Commonage Villas are situated a convenient 15-minute drive from Queenstown Airport. Alternatively, guests can take the 5 to 6-hour drive from Christchurch International Airport.