Queenstown, Central Otago and the Southern Lakes, New Zealand
At a Glance
Azur Lodge boasts wonderful panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu
Just a short 5-minute drive from the heart of Queenstown
Villas are huge and open plan, with a real sense of space and wonderful views
Meals can be ordered in from the many local restaurants - why not get the staff to plate up a delicious burger from the world-famous Fergburger in your villa
Ex-pastry chef and host, Maria, creates the most mouth-watering afternoon teas - many guests go home armed with her recipes
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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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A contemporary, luxury lodge situated just outside the vibrant alpine town of Queenstown, Azur Lodge has panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains and offers spacious wood cabin-style accommodation.
Azur Lodge exudes modern New Zealand style, with open fires and cosy corners perfect for relaxing and enjoying the superb service that Azur prides itself on. The lodge benefits from stunning lake views and yet is only a five minute drive to Queenstown with its eclectic range of restaurants, cafes, galleries and shops.
Each open plan villa at Azur Lodge is furnished in a chic luxurious way, with floor to ceiling windows designed to make the most of the stunning alpine scenery. Built from silver beech and weathered stone, the villas feature comfortable furnishings, modern comforts and a private deck where you can enjoy your breakfast in the mountain air. Your bathroom has a rainforest shower and a double spa bath positioned under the folding window, which can be drawn back to take in the amazing vistas.
After a day of adventure, Azur offer complimentary transfers into Queenstown at your leisure so that you can take advantage of the superb dining options. However, if you want to sit back and relax, the team at Azur can bring all of that to your door, from sumptuous suppers to world-class local wines, all served up in the comfort of your villa.
Each of the nine freestanding private villas has a unique aspect but all have outstanding views from the floor to ceiling picture windows throughout, double spa baths and large sun decks. The villas are open plan in design with a lounge with gas fireplace and a dining area - all with the latest in technology to complement this decadent, sleek, contemporary environment.
Children are very welcome at Azur and one extra child can be accommodated in their parents' villa and all villas can be arranged as either twins or doubles. There are no specific facilities available for children at Azur except for babysitting which can be arranged on request but the nearby town of Queenstown has plenty of family friendly activities and places to eat.
Azur offers all of its guests a complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and downtown Queenstown which is a 5-minute drive away. This operates from 7am to 11pm. Azur staff are always on hand to help with dining recommendations and reservations and can create a personalized itinerary of activities and dining arrangements suited to you.
Breakfast, afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks with canapés are all prepared in the fabulous open plan kitchen although breakfast can also be enjoyed in your villa. There is also a cosy lobby, breakfast room, courtyard and stunning guest lounge with open fire, computer, DVDs, books and games. In room massage and mini spa treatments are available on request.
From Azur Lodge, fly fishing, hiking, visiting Milford Sound, golf, skiing and snow boarding, jet boating and numerous adrenalin activities such as bungee jumping, sky diving, rafting and parasailing are all easily accessible. Queenstown has wonderful galleries, craft markets and artists studios as well as over 150 eateries to suit all tastes and the award winning wine of Central Otago.
Katie Fewkes (Staff)
Away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown, and with arguably the best views of the Remarkables, Azur is a real gem. I spent my last night of a busy trip in South Island here and for me it was the perfect tranquil retreat. The villas are vast and all designed to soak up the gorgeous views, whether from your bed, the lounge or your terrace. The food is a real treat - with a beautiful afternoon tea served in the lounge or brought to your villa, pre-dinner drinks and canapes, and lovely breakfasts. I personally didn't find being a short drive from Queenstown to be a disadvantage at all - the peaceful location, away from the noise and bustle of the town is part of the charm here. It would be my personal choice in Queenstown every time.
Olivia Smith (Staff)
The Villas at Azur Lodge are enormous, with soft and welcoming beds overlooking the stunning Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains. The bathrooms are a real treat, with baths next to the windows that fold back to soak up the amazing views. Each villa has a small seating area outside where you can have breakfast or pre-dinner drinks and canapés if you wish.
The Lodge served delicious breakfasts, the most amazing afternoon teas and pre-dinner canapés, but they do not provide dinner there. However, they can order take out for you from one of the many fantastic restaurants in Queenstown and they will plate up and serve for you if you wish, gourmet style! The property has a really informal and relaxed feel and would be ideal if you want to explore Queenstown whilst retaining some peace and quiet - coupled with the most stunning views.
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.
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 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 lunch.
Location & directions
Queenstown, Central Otago and the Southern Lakes, New Zealand
Situated just outside the vibrant alpine town of Queenstown, Azur Lodge has panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains.