Eichardt’s Private Hotel
Queenstown, Central Otago and the Southern Lakes, New Zealand
At a Glance
There are few luxury hotels in the world that can rival Eichardt's majestic lakefront setting
We recommend a Lake View Suite with a large living area, extremely spacious bathroom and magical views of the lake and mountains.
Located in the heart of town close to shops, restaurants and bars, the hotel offers a haven of tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle.
Climb onboard the hotels private yacht and cruise across the lake for the night providing the most unforgettable experience. Or in ski season take advantage of Eichardt’s private slopes.
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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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Eichardt's opulent suites invite guests to relax in the lap of boutique luxury before exploring the pretty alpine town of Queenstown and its surrounds, one of the world's truly remarkable locations on Lake Wakatipu, ringed with mountains.
For those seeking pure indulgence, few places compare with Eichardt’s on the lakefront in beautiful Queenstown. An historic landmark dating back to New Zealand’s gold rush days and located in the centre of this vibrant alpine town, the monumental building was originally built as a woolshed in 1859. Its owner soon found himself in the middle of the gold rush frenzy and adapted it to a hotel in order to benefit from the hoards of travellers seeking their fortunes.
Through time, Eichardt's has been totally transformed and now has boutique shops on the ground floor and exclusive romantic suites for guests on the top floor. Eichardt's has recently added a wonderful lake front cottage to its portfolio, offering a more family-friendly set up with self-contained one, two or three-bedroom suites with the most incredible views over Lake Wakatipu.
Eichardt's has been sympathetically renovated to retain its character while providing up to date facilities and the atmosphere is one of sophistication and warmth, cleverly mixing antique and contemporary elegance. Enjoy gourmet breakfasts, light lunches and pre-dinner drinks in front of the fire in the Parlour before venturing out to try one of Queenstown's many excellent restaurants. Alternatively have the chef prepare you dinner and watch the sun set from the parlour or your comfortable suite. The iconic House Bar also serves fresh and organic dishes, with ingredients sourced from local producers, throughout the day and is a great place to mingle with fellow travellers.
Queenstown is known primarily for its sheer beauty, but has much more to offer the visitor, from shops, restaurants, skyline gondola and fascinating historical sites linked to the town's mining past to a huge range of activities for those seeking adventure. New Zealand's adventure capital's highlights include sky diving, climbing, hiking, jet boating, bungy jumping, river rafting and helicopter tours. More relaxed excursions include golf, gourmet wine tours and fly fishing.
Eichardt's five luxurious Hotel Suites all have a super-king size bed, a fireplace, a mini bar, a dressing room and a generous bathroom as well as personal audio visual systems and internet access. The Lakefront Cottage is home to four two-bedroom suites, offering visitors flexible accommodation each with stunning lake and mountain views. These split level suites can interconnect to join groups and families or can be kept as smaller units. Each has a compact kitchen and plenty of entertaining space.
Children are very welcome at Eichardt's and the flexible accommodation in the Lakeside Cottage provides families with plenty of options. Eichardt's is happy to organise a nanny or babysitting but there are no specific children's facilities at the property. Queenstown is New Zealand's adventure capital and there is plenty here to keep children busy and ensure they are exhausted enough for a great night's sleep.
The hotel's Parlour and iconic House Bar both have comfy sofas, crackling fires and here you can enjoy some of Queenstown's finest breakfasts, lunch menus and tapas as well as some great cocktails. The staff at Eichardt's can also organise beauty treatments and therapeutic massages in your suite.
Eichardt's is centrally located and plenty of adventure is within easy reach of its sophisticated urban comforts - just a stroll away, an array of world class restaurants and shopping experiences make a great change from skiing, hiking, golfing, jet boating, cruising the lake or fly fishing.
There is over 8,500 sq/km of terrain around Queenstown and Wanaka to play in, and a range of options and packages for heli-skiing in and heli-boarding to match your abilities. We work with experienced guides who will whisk you to a peak topped with fresh snow. With a ratio of five clients to one guide, grouped together with people of similar ability you'll have a day you'll never forget.
Jules Maury (Staff)
So nice after staying in so many of the luxury lodges in their stunning rural locations either mountain or sea, to be in a town and able to walk to the myriad of little restaurants, shops and bars. Queenstown is a pretty little town and Eichardts has prime position at the head of the lake looking down to the mountains and huge skies. Art Deco in feel it is a beautifully chic and elegant hotel with two lakeside suites with a more modern design with floor to floor windows and another 4 contemporary suites with two mountain suites. Each room has its own fire and generous sitting area and views down the lake, especially first thing in the morning and last thing at night with the steamer's lights reflected in the night sky are wonderful. Their Grille does one of the best Waagu steaks in the world and the choice of small restaurants, bars and shops makes for a nice change. The ambience and welcome here really makes it worth a visit and they also have residences around the corner for larger families.
Sarah Rowan (Staff)
This boutique and funky hotel is one of my favourites. Not just for its excellent location right in the heart of Queenstown and right on the lake front, but for its stylish dcor and relaxed atmosphere. It is unique and appealing, with a cool bar, beautifully designed rooms and friendly staff. The five suites each have their own balconies and the three Lake View Suites boast the perfect setting to enjoy your complimentary pre-dinner drink, watching the world go by. It is the oldest building in Queenstown and so is very iconic and stands out for its beauty (inside and out). It has access to a gym and spa bath in town, and has its own laundry facilities. For larger groups or for those looking for a more self-contained option, they also have apartments down the road, which are also beautifully designed.
Katie Kennard (Staff)
A stunning boutique option in undoubtedly the most sought after spot in Queenstown. This iconic landmark, being built on the back of the gold-mining boom has managed to retain many of its old features. Its chic furnishings and array of antiques and paintings make it very unique. The Whisky parlour looks like a very popular spot. In the evenings the fire is lit and the seating is very comfortable. There are a variety of Whiskys to choose from and enjoy throughout the day. I have to say the balconies are great sun spots and you couldnt wish for better views of the lake. Service is impeccable and their menu is adventurous and full of all sorts of flavours.
Olivia Smith (Staff)
Eichardtts undoubtedly boasts the most enviable position in the whole of Queenstown, right on the lake shore in the centre of this vibrant little town. The property is utterly luxurious with a really intimate atmosphere, featuring only 5 Suites. Each Suite has either lake or mountain views and is decorated with contemporary provincial furnishings and many stylish antiques, with the softest bedding and possum fur throws. All the rooms are really cosy and each one has an open fire - perfect for the chilly Queenstown winters.
Eichardts has recently added a lake-front cottage to their collection, being more self-contained whilst maintaining the Eichardts style. These are just a few steps from the main property and are a fantastic family-friendly option.
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)
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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 - Heli (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.
Milford Sound private cruise and helicopter experience
An exhilarating half day combining a helicopter flight to Milford Sound with an exclusive private boat cruise. Explore this unique corner of New Zealand's South Island away from the crowds, getting up close to dramatic waterfalls and the fiord walls.
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 centimetres 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 lunch.
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Location & directions
Queenstown, Central Otago and the Southern Lakes, New Zealand
Eichardt’s is situated on Marine Parade, on the lake front in Queenstown. The views of Lake Wakatipu are astonishing, and Queenstown's location makes for winter skiing in the Remarkables and summertime watersports on the lakefront.
How to get there
Eichardt's Private Hotel is situated a convenient 15-minute drive from Queenstown Airport.
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