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Queenstown’s Best Airbnbs For An Epic Alpine Getaway

By Annabel Herbison
24th Nov 2021

A stunning secluded property looks out over blue sea and mountains.

Ahhh Queenstown, if there’s one place in the world that’ll make you want to quit your day job and relocate, there’s a 99% chance it’s right here. But if you’re not quite ready to tell your boss to stick it, a holiday in this lakeside gem may be the next best option. 

And, with some of the best Airbnbs around, you won’t just be visiting one of the most scenic towns on planet earth, but you’ll be staying in some pretty comparable abodes.

Without further ado, we’ve rounded up a list of the best Airbnbs in Queenstown to make that dream holiday a reality…

Best Airbnbs In Central Queenstown 

The Tahuna apartment shows a comfortable living room looking out onto a view of mountains and blue water.Lakeside Bliss 

Central Queenstown 5 Guests | 2 Bedrooms

POV: you’re sitting in your well-appointed living room, with a Central Otago drop watching the sunset over the stunning Remarkables mountain ranges and Lake Wakatipu. The Tahuna Apartment delivers this kind of bliss daily—precisely around 9 pm. And, when the sun’s down and you can no longer stare out at the scenery in awe, the centre of town is only a three-minute leisurely stroll along the water’s edge. 

Small But Soulful 

Central Queenstown 2 Guests | 1 Bedroom

Tiny house lovers rejoice, this quaint and homely spot is perfect for couples and solo travellers looking for an affordable yet incredible stay—it is only 10m2, but what it lacks in size it doubles in character #cabinporn. Made from recycled joinery and cladding (love!) and located high on the hill, this cosy abode is everything you need for a soul-soothing escape. Oh, and the bed’s on a mezzanine floor—did anyone else’s childhood dreams just come true?

Downtown Treat 

Central Queenstown 6 Guests | 3 Bedrooms 

Perfect for a group of friends or family getaway, the stylish Taimana Apartment provides a rare opportunity to stay smack bang in the middle of town. If you’re planning on entertaining during your stay, crank the BBQ up, pour a beverage and enjoy your generous patio—which comes complete with views of the iconic TSS Earnslaw steamship cruising off towards Walter Peak. 

Best Airbnbs From Fernhill To Closeburn 

A deck is seen at dusk under a brilliant purple-hued sky.Cabin Fever 

Sunshine Bay 2 Guests | 1 Bedroom

Nestled in the forest at the base of Ben Lomond, the charm of a stone cabin meets nature. With a stunning pitched roof lined with beautiful timber beams and a perfect alpine-style interior, you’ll feel like you’re living the life of the effortlessly cool ski-town folk that make up this town. Chuck a couple of logs on the fire (or in the outdoor firepit) for warmth, or have a dip in the private cedar hot tub. And at the end of a long day, lay back in the bedroom and appreciate the night sky through the rooftop window. 

Views For Days 

Fernhill 4 Guests | 2 Bedrooms 

Location, location, location—should we say it again? This sun-drenched and spacious townhouse tucked away in Fernhill provides a space for ultimate relaxation and is just a stone’s throw from town. With an open plan kitchen and lounge framed by beautiful Queenstown-esque pitched timber ceilings, it’s the perfect base for any length of stay in this mountain paradise. 

Honeymoon Hotspot

Closeburn 2 Guests | 1 Bedroom

Two words: architectural bliss. Driving up to the Lakeside Maisonette you know something special awaits. Perched high up on the hillside, this idyllic property borders a Department of Conservation reserve, giving you complete and utter privacy amongst the native bush (main article image above). There’s no shortage of wow factor at this abode—it’s no wonder it’s a popular pick for honeymooners. 

Best Airbnbs In Lake Hayes

The pretty exterior of the Hawkridge Chalet shows steps leading to a house with rolling views of the countryside behind.Romantic Chalet  

Lake Hayes 2 Guests | 1 Bedroom 

HawkRidge Chalet was named after the soaring mountain hawks that grace this homestead. Set within a 500-acre high country farm, this quintessential romantic alpine chalet is aptly styled with quirky and intriguing artefacts—from antique milk cans to farm implements and wine barrels. Teaming the old with the new, this beautiful space has a stunning schist fireplace, luxurious bathroom and comfy king size bed. Step outside and stroll through the tussocks and you’ll also find a private open fire and hot tub, absolute bliss. 

Architectural Abode 

Lake Hayes 2 Guests | 1 Bedroom 

Tiny house, but make it chic! The Kiwi Chalet in Lake Hayes is a stunning example of true craftsmanship—its angular roof makes a statement well before you reach the front doorstep. With north-facing floor to ceiling windows and glass sliding doors that open out to the absolute peace and tranquillity outside, it’s not only stunning in the daytime but makes for impressive stargazing at night. 

A Slice Of Paradise 

Lake Hayes 2 Guests | 1 Bedroom 

Escape the hustle and bustle and settle in for a romantic escape at this peaceful hideaway. A finalist in the Airbnb host awards 2021 (and we can easily see why) the Lake Hayes Suite is an absolute slice of luxury—with breathtaking views from every room, a stunning indoor bath and a private hot pool that looks out onto an expansive front lawn, lake, mountains and the Amisfield vineyard, what more could you want?

Best Airbnbs From Frankton To Quail Rise 

A sumptuous looking living area that looks out on an incredible mountain view in the background.Home Away From Home 

Frankton 6 Guests | 3 Bedrooms 

There’s nothing quite like going away and feeling like you’re right in the comfort of your own home when you arrive—that’s exactly the feeling this Spacious Family Home evokes. As the name suggests, this abode is ideal for families with three large bedrooms and seriously snug furnishings throughout. Oh, and did we mention the 360-degree views of The Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu and Coronet Peak?

A Remarkable Spot 

Quail Rise 2 Guests | 1 Bedroom

If you’ve ever thought about staying in a quirky little teeny tiny house, this one could just do the trick. Located in Quail Rise, Henrietta's Hut is one of the more unique stays in Queenstown. This delightfully whimsical, yet traditionally styled Shepherds Hut has everything you need for a comfortable stay—however, cooking is not permitted inside the wagon and no cooking facilities are provided. Which is in no way a problem for us, off to a winery we pop...

Luxury Escape 

Frankton 2 Guests | 1 Bedroom

History meets luxury in this recently renovated 1880's luxury cottage. Ideal for a romantic weekend away, spend your days cycling around the lake in summer or shredding the slopes in winter, before heading back to the cottage to enjoy your evenings relaxing in the hot tub under the magical night sky. Got a significant question to ask your significant other? This could just be the spot! 

The Best Airbnbs In Arthur’s Point 

A high aspect, well-appointed room is surrounded by greenery while a fire burns brightly in the stove.Timeless Treetop 

Arthur’s Point 6 Guests | 3 Bedrooms

Holiday mode status: activated! This Pinterest-esque Treehouse is a stunning space that will instantly remind you why you switched your OOO on in the first place—for some relaxing R&R of course. Perched upon a hill surrounded by native trees in Arthur’s Point and just a short walk to the Shotover River, there’s a real sense of being ‘at one with nature’ in this architectural paradise. And, with a sunny large deck, open fire, and BBQ this dreamy location is perfect all year round. 

Penthouse Paradise 

Arthur’s Point 4 Guests | 2 Bedrooms

You know those ‘Gram-worthy snaps of Onsen Hot Pools? How could you not. Well, they’re taken right next door to the Shotover Riverside Penthouse! Meaning, when you stay here you’ll get to spend days taking in those exact same famous vistas of the Shotover River. This spacious two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment may not have a spa of its own—but, hey, who needs one when the most epic hot pool experience in town is a hop, skip and dip away. 

The Hideaway 

Arthur’s Point 3 Guests | 1 Bedroom

Cutesy little suite The Hideaway is fitted with all the bells and whistles you need for a comfortable yet super affordable stay in Queenstown. Most small properties around this joint are fit for two, but have no fear the hideaway sleeps three—your ‘third wheel’ or overly-involved MIL can join the party *lets out a sigh of relief* Don’t feel like cooking for three? There are two brewpubs, and a pizza place a few minutes walk down the road #AMEN.

Best Airbnbs Further Afield From Queenstown

A gorgeous room with a bathroom hidden behind a curved stone wall behind. King Of The Crown  

Arrowtown 2 Guests | 6 Bedrooms

Located on the highest road in New Zealand, and part of a five-acre property surrounded by century-old trees, the Crown Range Historic Stables is a beautifully memorable slice of paradise. This refurbished 1860’s cottage truly is one of a kind with a stunning ‘wood meets stone’ interior that tells the rich tales of times past. Providing 360-degree mountain and valley views, it’s also one of the last places in Queenstown to see the sun go down each night—a spectacular sight. 

Glamping Oasis

Ben Lomond 4 Guests | 1 Bedroom

Whilst we agree a good old Kiwi camping trip never goes amiss... we also think, screw it, why bother with your own tent when you can roll on up to Seffers Dome, Ben Lomond and stay in Queenstown’s first and only geodesic dome! Kitted out with absolutely everything you could ever need from a hot shower to flushing toilet, solar power and gas hob this hidden gem is worth finding. We also just love the fact that there’s no wifi or reception, allowing you to truly switch off from the outside world. 

Something Special

Jack’s Point 12 Guests | 6 Bedrooms

Not too far afield, but definitely worth a notable mention, the Glenfiddich Lodge in Jack’s Point is a sight to behold. Let us start by listing off a few of the inclusions: wine fridge, air hockey table, wine fridge, spa pool, wine fridge, table tennis...did someone say wine? On to what some people would call the more “practical” offerings, this home has six bedrooms, each with a king bed and its own TV (and one with a bar fridge and coffee machine). Located remarkably close to you guessed it... The Remarkables mountain range and the Jack’s Point Golf Course this is the ideal spot for a special group getaway. 

Tear yourself away from your lovely temporary home for a visit to one of Queenstown’s best restaurants.

Image credit: Airbnb

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