Queenstown, Central Otago and the Southern Lakes, New Zealand
At a Glance
All the style and service of a Parisian hotel, with plenty of Kiwi charm
Centrally located in the heart of Queenstown, just a stone's throw from the lake and the central plaza
Fantastic spa inspired by the native New Zealand landscape
Rooms and suites perfect for families travelling together
Even if you don't stay here, be sure to visit Le Spa for a signature treatment or a hammam
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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 Sofitel combines the ultimate in sophistication, intimacy and warmth with exquisite attention to detail in the heart of vibrant Queenstown, just moments from all the superb shops, bars and restaurants of this great little town.
The Sofitel Queenstown is located in the heart of this alpine town and only 20 minutes from the nearest ski fields. The Sofitel embraces its French origins and features unique French art throughout the hotel, with its authentic Parisian sidewalk cafe being a lovely spot for breakfast. Combine these chic French features with classic, sophisticated New Zealand modern design and this boutique property is simply stunning.
Each elegant room and suite at the Sofitel is thoughtfully designed, with huge bath tubs and the softest of furnishings. The opulent and stylish rooms provide intimacy, sophistication and warmth with exquisite attention to detail including little French touches, which add to the experience.
Vie Restaurant is on the third floor and overlooks a tranquil waterfall and landscaped gardens - here you can enjoy fresh seasonal produce in an elegant setting. The more casual Parisian style Left Bank cafe serves breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon teas in a pavement style cafe, great for people watching.
Le Spa at Sofitel is designed to reflect the beauty of the South Island and after a day of skiing or exploring, relax with a Hammam steam treatment and a Maori treatment or massage in this tranquil retreat.
The Sofitel has 82 elegant luxurious rooms and suites all with comfortable beds, double spa baths, espresso machines, underfloor heating, surround sound audio visual systems and special French amenities. Superior Rooms and Deluxe rooms are the same size but the Deluxe Rooms have the added benefit of Bose sound systems, breakfast in the Vie Brasserie daily and evening drinks. Prestige Suites are larger and have a separate sitting room for additional space.
The Sofitel Queenstown welcomes children and their families and many of the rooms can interconnect. However, there are no specific facilities for children except for babysitting which can be arranged on request. Queenstown has the lake, botanical gardens and skiing nearby, all of which children will love.
The Left Bank Cafe is part French kitchen, part tea room and is open for breakfast and lunch and has a great atmosphere. Vie Brasserie and Restaurant offers a range of gourmet delights for dinner and the Nue Lounge is an intimate, stylish bar, perfect for a drink by the open fire. The Sofitel has a fitness centre, spa, hammam and Jacuzzi for guests to enjoy after a day's adventuring in Queenstown and its surrounds.
From the Sofitel, Queenstown's shops and restaurants are easily accessible as is Lake Wakatipu. The hotel can arrange a multitude of activities including golf, skiing, heliskiing, horse riding, fishing, sea kayaking, scenic heli tours, sailing and quad biking to name a few.
Sarah Rowan (Staff)
Set in the very centre of town, with ideal access to all that is on offer in Queenstown, this is a brilliant place to base yourself. The gorgeous Parisian caf, providing breakfast and lunch in style and the reception, are beautifully designed and very welcoming. Although it is a chain hotel, with just 82 rooms it does not lose out on the personal touches. The hotel has just gone through a soft refurbishment, so it is up-to-date with amenities such as spa baths, complete with TVs in. Rooms are very comfortable and while they may not have as much character as some of the stand alone hotels, they are perfect for a stay in a town where you will be out exploring for so much of your time. Suites here are spacious and have a separate living area for those wanting a longer stay in town, or even travelling with a child (they are able to offer roll-away beds).
Olivia Smith (Staff)
Set in the heart of Queenstown, the Sofitel is a French-inspired whose size is entirely misleading, for a larger property with a slightly insinspiring interior I was thrilled to find that upon walking through the revolving doors, I was greeted with the warmth and atmosphere of a much smaller, boutique property.
Having recently undergone an extensive refurbishment, the Sofitel is thoroughly luxurious, with sumptuously appointed rooms, great bathrooms and fantastic facilities. It is also a brilliant choice for families looking for a centrally located property with plenty of amenities. The restaurant choices are fantastic, I particularly enjoyed the French-style café on the ground floor with its authentic French fare and great service. Le Spa at the Sofitel is a must visit after a long day of adventure or skiing, I would highly recommend the Hammam steam room followed by one of their signature treatments with one of their delightful therapists. I walked back out into the chilly Queenstown air feeling utterly relaxed, pampered and ready to explore!
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 - 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
Located on Duke Street in the heart of Queenstown, South Island, within close proximity of Lake Wakatipu the hotel occupies an ideal position from which to explore the cosmopolitan Queenstown dining, shopping precincts and ski fields.
How to get there
Sofitel is situated a convenient 15-minute drive from Queenstown Airport. Alternatively, guests can take the 5 to 6-hour drive from Christchurch International Airport.
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